kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Barack on the Rocks and the McCain Martini

Arlington's fyve Restaurant Lounge is one of many DC-area bars offering libations inspired by candidates, spouses and political parties. Here are the recipes for their concoctions:

Barack on the Rocks
Courtesy of fyve Restaurant Lounge, Arlington, VA
1 ¼ oz. vodka
¾ oz. tropical fruit juice
½ oz. simple syrup
Club soda
2 basil leaves

Add ice to a rocks glass. Add first three ingredients. Stir, top with club soda and garnish with basil leaves.

McCain Martini
Courtesy of fyve Restaurant Lounge, Arlington, VA
2 oz. Hendricks gin
½ oz. cointreau
½ oz. cranberry juice

Add ice to cocktail shaker. Add all ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Bar Managers Maria Habershon and Robert Taylor said the addition of basil to the Barack drink was designed to represent something a bit different and out of the norm, while the cosmo-like McCain sipper has a nostalgic, you-know-what-to-expect vibe.

Let the voting begin!