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Today marks an important day around the country and in U.S. history as we take part in another presidential election. Like many of you, I’ll be glued to the TV as election coverage comes piling in. Whether you’re celebrating Election Night out or at home, be sure to spend it in style with a politically-inspired cocktail (or mocktail) in hand. Try these recipes created with President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in mind.


The Lobbyist Martini:

Election Day Cocktails: The LobbyistPhoto and recipe courtesy of Polar Seltzer


1 1/2 ounce gin
1 1/2 ounce vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash lemon bitters
Polar Ruby Red Grapefruit Seltzer


Shake with ice, and strain into a martini glass. Top with Polar Seltzer.

The Obama’Rita:

Election Day Cocktails: The Obama'RitaPhoto and recipe courtesy of Polar Seltzer


1 part Patron Tequila
1 part Cointreau
1 part pineapple juice
1 part freshly-squeezed lime juice
pinch of sea salt
Polar Raspberry-Lime Seltzer
fresh pineapple, for garnish


Combine all of the ingredients, other than the seltzer, in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake vigorously until it shows condensation. Pour into a glass. Top with Polar Seltzer, then garnish with a skewered pineapple.

The Mint Romney:

Election Day Cocktails: The Mint RomneyPhoto and recipe courtesy of Polar Seltzer


splash of cream
chocolate syrup
Polar Mint Chocolate Seltzer
sprig of mint, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine the cream and chocolate syrup with ice. Shake vigorously, then pour into a glass. Top generously with Polar Mint Chocolate Seltzer. Stir gently, then garnish with mint.

Are you hosting an Election Night party? Share the details with us below. We’d love to hear!

Find out when and where to vote in your city, plus find who’s on your ballot at Rock the Vote.


Entertaining, Happy Hour

8 Responses

  1. TJJ says:

    I'll have a Mint Romney please.

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  3. cjd says:

    I need more than a cocktail after these final results.

  4. Dawn says:

    Straight whiskey please

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  6. Cynthia says:

    Nothing to celebrate! More like a funeral for our country!

  7. mitch says:

    How about cyanide ?

  8. Obelia M says:

    Ohhhhhh! what a refreshing Obamarita!!! Yummy!

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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