White House Cocktails

There’s only one thing I pay more attention to than spirits and cocktails, and that’s politics. I’m a total politics geek. Election night is my Super Bowl. I know – it’s sad. But it’s who I am.

Standing at the intersection of politics and cocktails is one of my favorite people – Rachel Maddow. Host of the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, she is a former Rhodes Scholar who holds a DPhil in politics from Oxford. She also happens to be an absolute connoisseur of classic cocktail culture.  For nearly a year now, Rachel has been seeking a breakthrough on one of the closely held secrets of the Obama White House: What kind of cocktails are the Obama’s serving at their infamous cocktail parties!? Finally, that breakthrough came this past week when Rachel herself attended a White House holiday party and reported this momentous news in the Cocktail Moment section of her show this past Friday.

The Menu

At this particular cocktail party, cocktails were mixed by Derek Brown – bartender at my favorite DC cocktail bar, The Gibson.

The Emerson

  • Old Tom Gin
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Lime Juice
  • Luxardo Maraschino

The Stone Fence

  • Laird’s Applejack
  • Apple Cider
  • Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters
  • Mint

The Robert Frost Cocktail

  • Sherry
  • White Port
  • Bourbon
  • Sugar
  • Orange Bitters

Rachel ended this segment with a quote that demonstrates why she’s so awesome. “Remember, martinis do not contain vodka.”


Tags: Rachel Maddow, The Gibson

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