Today, it became official – Donald John Trump is the 45th President of the United States. Some of us are excited, some of us are angry. There are those of us who are hopeful, and there are some who are lamenting the outcome of the election. And let’s not forget that some of us are just confused by American politics, and some who just don’t care.
Humans are complex, and our multi-faceted American society is an intricate maze of needs, desires, views, perceptions, opinions, and facts. Time will tell if President Trump, his administration, and our government as a whole will do what is best for the citizens of this remarkable (and resilient) nation of ours. Our country certainly seems divided at the moment, and that feeling likely won’t dissipate anytime soon. Some Americans think we’re on the right track. There are Americans who think we’re taking radical steps in the wrong direction.
We think, at the very least, our fellow Americans could use a cocktail and some time to reflect. More than anything else, we think all Americans need to come together, work on respecting one another, let go of the acrimony, celebrate the fact that we can freely hold and express differing opinions, and have meaningful conversations.
The good ol’ American watering hole, be it a pub, tavern, saloon, lounge, dive bar, cocktail lounge, cigar bar, or taproom, has been a place we’ve all been able to gather, enjoy one another’s company, and talk things out. The bar is an institution older than American politics, to be sure. So, here are 15 cocktails for Inauguration Day:
Cocktails for Trump Supporters
Nobody can drink like Trump, not because he’s reportedly a billionaire and therefore has access to spirits and libations unknown to the rank and file, but because he’s a teetotaler. However, you can drink the official Trump International Beach Resort cocktail named for him: the Trumptini.
Being elected POTUS is the highest honor American citizens can bestow upon one of their own. The Honor & Glory reflects this achievement.
Not all Trump voters necessarily support the man himself. Some of those who put the 45th President of the United States into office simple thought he was the lesser of the available evils, accepting The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of their choice.
Beverages for Trump Opponents
Trump being sworn in as POTUS today caused some people’s hope and optimism to Fade to Black.
Not every Trump opponent feels hopeless. A large number of them see Stormier Seas ahead but aren’t despondent.
The Dirty Bastard is probably one of the “nicer” things people who dislike Donald J. Trump have called him.
For the Patriots, Regardless of Party Affiliation
The peaceful transfer of power is an All American Beauty that the United States holds dear.
The Patriot Cocktail is perfect for those who consider respecting the office of the President of the United States as a sacred duty, irrespective of who holds it.
For some reason, being a patriot is considered Old Fashioned. But anyone who loves this country and is passionate about doing what’s best for its citizens is a patriot.
Drinks for Those Confused by Politics
Seeing the Green Fairy makes about as much sense to some people as attempting to decipher the minutiae of American politics.
The past several months have been a stressful minefield of partisan politics, division, scare tactics and personal attacks. Some Americans need to be comforted and reassured, and Tony Abou-Ganim’s Hot Buttered Rum is a liquid hug.
If you see one of your fellow Americans looks shell-shocked after all of the campaigning, Election Day and Inauguration Day, they could probably use a comforting Chocolate Cake Shot.
Libations for the Cocktail Party
Whether you’re looking to get a little dirty celebrating Inauguration Day, feel dirty because of who’s in office, or just like briney goodness, the Dirty Martini is a Cocktail Party icon.
There’s no denying that all eyes aren’t just on Donald J. Trump today. For the fashionistas out there, the First Lady being the Absolut Best Dressed is important.
The Cocktail Party respects the classics, like the Manhattan. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Trump Tower is located in this libation’s namesake city.