Democrats will be celebrating wildly in the coming weeks, but the other Party probably needs a drink more.
So Republicans, comfort yourselves on Inauguration Day with the favorite cocktail of the Party’s favorite President. Though not a heavy imbiber, Ronald Reagan was known to sometimes enjoy a ‘weak Orange Blossom.’ This sunny, Prohibition-era tipple hearkens back to the days when the Golden State voted Republican, and Phyllis Schlafly was the Party’s pin-up girl.
I’ve updated this version for the District’s more modern drinking sensibilities – replacing the sweet vermouth with dry cuts the sticky sweetness. Use a good gin – I’m a fan of Rogue’s Pink Spruce Gin, but New Amsterdam is super-affordable, super smooth, and easy to find. Have one for the Gipper. Then have another…
Later in the evening, have a comfort drink to lull you to sleep after a hard day watching triumphal Democrats marching in the streets. Just warm some milk and add Benedictine: the promised land, flowing with Milk & Honey, is only four years in the wilderness away.
Stay tuned Next week for Inaugural Drinking, Part II: Democrats.
The Orange Blossom
- 1 part dry vermouth
- 1 part gin (again, I like Rogue’s Pink Spruce Gin, but New Amsterdam works just as well)
- 1.5 parts fresh orange juice
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass half-filled with ice, stir briskly with a long spoon, drink.
Milk & Honey
- 1 part milk (for the lactose intolerant: this drink is equally tasty with almond or soy milk)
- 1 part Benedictine
Warm the milk, either by:
- 45 seconds in the microwave, watching to make sure it doesn’t boil over; or
- On the stovetop, stir constantly over medium heat until small bubbles form (don’t let it boil!).
Remove from heat source and add Benedictine immediately. Stir a few times so the alcohol can open up, then breathe in the rich fumes. If you’re still awake, sip. The Promised Land is so close, yet….