Making Politics Fun Again

Taking this political season’s lemons and making lemonade from them, these Capitol Hill restaurants and bars are having a little fun with the current events by devoting special menus to the swing states.

First up, our very own Art and Soul at The Liaison Capitol Hill is putting a twist on the “spirited” political season by making it fun with their original Swing State Cocktail MenuWhen designing this special menu, they researched each battleground state and wanted some element of each drink to be relevant to that state. Everything from the motto and flower to presidents who were born in that state was researched, and then the flavor experimentation began leading way to a list of perfectly-crafted cocktails with their own unique personalities.

In DC for Election Night? Head to Art and Soul’s Election Night Viewing Party where they’re offering the cocktails for $10 a pop all evening long!


The Panhandle (Florida): Bayou Spiced, Bayou Silver, agave nector, fresh lime


The Granite State (New Hampshire): Old Overholt Rye Gran Classico Bitters, sugar & orange slice

Next, Charlie Palmer Steak has launched a week-long prix-fixe menu to each of the ten swing states. The first week of November is Virginia’s turn, which means the three-course prix fixe ($58) from chef Michael Ellis will feature dishes inspired by the 10th state to join the Union. (On that menu: arugula salad with Smithfield ham and burrata, grilled bison steak with a juniper jus, ginger roasted carrots and spaghetti squash, and a caramelized apple tart.) The week after—election week!—will be Wisconsin’s turn: frisee salad with Limburger cheese, venison marinated in pomegranate, spinach and potato gratins, and profiteroles. Best of all, the pairings pulled from the restaurant’s “wine tower” are bottomless…which should be welcome news no matter which side of the aisle you identify with.



virginia_bison-stripCourtesy of Charlie Palmer Steak


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