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When the Revolution Comes, I’ll Be First Up Against the Bar

A few more drinks for AOC’s "Cocktails for the Revolution" menu.

While I have many disagreements with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), I'm genuinely pleased to see a former bartender with an interest in craft cocktails find a seat in Congress. Partly because I frequently associate politics with the desire to drink, and partly because it means that the second-largest Twitter account in American politics can now be found tweeting out cleverly-named cocktail recipes first thing Monday morning. (It's always the right time to think, or tweet, about cocktails.)

I look forward to trying all of these, especially World Without a Green New Deal. I am rather fond of both ginger beer drinks and bitter liqueurs, so a combination of the two sounds amazing. (Although, as is sometimes the case with her ideas, it will probably take a bit of workshopping since she doesn't specify precisely what's in it.)

Cocktail menus have long played a role in politics—"the fiscal agent" appeared on drink menus prior to Prohibition—so in the interest of furthering this particular form of political conversation, here are a few additional cocktail ideas to drink while waiting for the revolution to come.

Remember the Senate
An old fashioned with Filibuster rye.

Dating back to the early 1800s, the old fashioned is the original cocktail, and the template on which many of today's drinks are built. Although it fell out of favor in its classic form for many decades following Prohibition, it has seen a surge in popularity over the last 15 years—a reminder that some things that seem new and exciting are based on ideas that have been with us for a long time. In this version, I recommend Filibuster rye, a subtle whiskey with notes of vanilla and pepper that has a way of unexpectedly asserting itself in a drink.

1.5 tsp rich demerara syrup*
1 dash Bitter Truth Orange bitters
1 dash Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas bitters
1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters
2 oz Filibuster dual cask rye

Combine all elements in a chilled rocks glass. Add one large ice cube, stir, garnish with an orange peel.

*Heat two parts demerara sugar with one part water until the sugar dissolves. Store chilled.

A perfectly made gin and tonic.

You might be wondering: Why do you need a recipe for a gin and tonic? It's right there in the name. There's nothing to it. Yet with a little bit of salesmanship, even the most obvious two-ingredient cocktail, like an obscure economic theory, can be elevated into something semi-mystical. Anyone who has had a truly excellent gin & tonic knows they can't really be explained or understood except by trying them; properly made, a good one is practically a religious experience.

1 juiced lime, cut into strips
2 oz Tanqueray
6 oz Fever Tree tonic water

The real trick to a gin and tonic is to muddle the gin with lime strips in a separate bowl, then pour the gin-lime mix on top of the tonic in a tall glass filled with tonic and ice.

Legislative Record
A Penicillin.

Like so much legislation, this apparently simple drink is somewhat harder to make than it looks. Essentially a honey-ginger scotch sour, the best way to make it involves juicing ginger root and then combining the root juice with sugar to make ginger syrup, an admittedly arduous process that is nevertheless rewarding in the end. It also helps to have accumulated the right tools, including an atomizer for misting smoky scotch on top.

2 oz blended scotch (Famous Grouse or Pig's Nose)
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
⅜ oz 3:1 honey syrup*
⅜ oz ginger syrup**

Shake over ice until well chilled, then strain over a single large piece of ice in a rocks glass. Using an atomizer, mist the top of the drink with a smoky scotch, such as Laphroiag 10.

*Heat three parts honey, one part water over low heat until integrated. Chill and store for up to a week.

**Peel a batch of ginger roots, then blend them into a fine paste. Run the paste through a chinois sieve to extract the juice. Heat the juice on the stove with two parts sugar to one part ginger juice.

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  • Don't look at me!||

    Total nonsense.

  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    I bet there's a cocktail for that!

  • Jerryskids||

    One part tequila, four parts mushroom tea, served in a pitcher.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    This is fast becoming my favorite Reason segment. Take a backseat, Charles Oliver!

  • Crusty Juggler||

    it means that the second-largest Twitter account in American politics

    And the greatest Instagram account in American politics, which is vastly more important than Old Man Twitter.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    And again, there she is claiming "Republicans had a problem" when nerry a one even acknowledged the dancing vid in any negative way, if at all. Some random anonymous twitter troll now somehow speaks for the GOP? That's convenient. Fact immune!

  • Dillinger||

    >> I'm genuinely pleased to see a former bartender with an interest in craft cocktails find a seat in Congress.

    congressmen pleased to find a use for her.

  • Longtobefree||

    Water is for washing.
    Ice is for treating bruises.
    Just pour the whiskey into a glass and hand it over.

  • Ron||

    who needs a glass just give me the dam bottle

  • Mongo||

    AÖC: "You wanna 'nother drink or what? No noddin' off at the bar, güero."

    Suderman: "Fuggin' Trump. That fugger... fuckim...."

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    "I don't drink water; fish fuck in it,"

    WC Fields

  • Mongo||

    Suderman: "I'll have...Sex on the Beach." *licks lips*

    AÖC: "Padre! I seen cholos like you on daytime Univision telenovelas!" *tee-hee-hee*

  • ||

    [shakes all ingredients]
    [pours into her mouth]
    [strains through her horse teeth into a glass]
    [Looks Suderman right in the eye as she sets it in front of him]

  • KevinP||

    So Suderman admits he's a cocktail party libertarian!

  • Deconstructed Potato||


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  • Mongo||

    Suderman, Shackelford, and Rico walk into a bar .

    The bartender AÖC yells out: "Vete! The gay bar is down the block, gilipollas!"

  • Ron||

    If her drinks are anything like the rest of her thinking they are probably awful and why she is no longer a bar tender. Many have said it before. People who can do, people who can't teach and those who can't teach go into politics.

  • Jerryskids||

    And they won't be $4 - more like $40 trillion.

  • ||

    If her drinks are anything like the rest of her thinking they are probably awful and why she is no longer a bar tender.

    IIRC, her work/professional history was as laughable as Bernie's. Like, despite a college degree, she was tending bar and waiting tables and she moved up to, despite previous bar tending bona fides... bussing tables at a taqueria. The sort of thing that made me wonder if she was qualified enough to put the lime wedges in the coronas.

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    Scotch? Gin? Rye? What's with all this garbage liquor?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    You know whatt Sparky everytime I think you starting to get a little smart you go and mske a comment like this one. Whats is a good liquor in your neck of the woods? Huh, Sparky? Can you answer?

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    You now Crutsy I feel bad for you. I really do. You may be a sutpid lser troll, but at leats you make up for it by been a collosul asshole. Why don't you run along an let the adults tlak for a whole.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Spsky, I feel bad for you. I really. do

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    It will be only victory gin.

  • Fats of Fury||

    Just in time for Valentine's day. Bottoms up!

  • Rich||

    Remember the Hubble-rita?

    "Just one shot and everything's blurry!"

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Haha. NASA doing stuff is expensive.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    The Green New Deal

    6 oz. Grain Alcohol
    6 oz. Absinthe

    Combine and strain through a copy of The Communist Manifesto.
    Serve in a goblet fashioned fro the skull of a kulak.
    Garnish with watermelon.

  • Lawn Darts||

    Where's the "like" button?

  • Adans smith||

    I'd to cocktail her. Am I right guys?

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  • Fats of Fury||

    She looks like Professor Kelp in that photo. So no.

  • AlmightyJB||

    You meant up against the wall.

  • Vernon Depner||

    When the Revolution Comes, I'll Be First Up Against the Wall


  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    Suderman would rather complain in the bread line than slander a democrat

  • Lawn Darts||

    No, Not Tanqueray!
    With Fever Tree, the resinous punch of St. George Terroir is the way to go.
    No lime needed.
    This even wins over people who hate gin.

  • Kevin Smith||

    Even her recipes are unimpressive, its little more than changing the name of something to a line from her GND wishlist

  • Trigger Warning||

    Great post!

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    The Eminent Domain Perignon

    Mix just like a mimosa, but use freshly-squeezed organic shade-grown fair-trade orange juice and Dom Perignon champagne.

    Serve as normal. After customer has taken at least one sip, seize the cocktail and refund a prorated amount equal to the cost of the cocktail as if it were made with orange juice from concentrate and sparkling white wine.

  • Trainer||

    There won't be anything to drink during the Revolution but good old homemade vodka. It burns the throat but dulls the ache.

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  • Rick Stewart||

    2 to 6 gin to tonic?

    That's a beverage suitable only for a WCTU meeting.


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