Campaign Cocktails

A few months ago I came up with an idea of making election themed cocktails for this year’s General Election. Wednesday, the Reno Gazette-Journal printed my drink article. I could not be prouder to see my creations in black and white!

Most people get their best ideas in the bathroom. Me, I get mine at 1 a.m. While sleeping. And that’s where this idea was born.

Somewhere in my subconscious, I wandered upon the idea of election-themed cocktails. From that, I thought about Nevada races.

I focused on the four major candidates — two for governor, two for U.S. senator — because they generated most of the press this year. I also added a “None of These Candidates” drink for those who don’t do alcohol.

I narrowed down my cocktails to reds or blues, the classic campaign colors, and began to figure out my liquors. Did I want something sweet? Sour? Fruity? Tangy? Peppery? Bubble gum? The choices were migraine-inducing — and tough.

What resulted are the recipes I’m sharing here.

As for the disembodied candidate-head swizzle sticks you see in the accompanying photograph — all Burning Man! Where else would you think of something like that?


Kellene Stockwell is an Emmy Award-winning producer at KTVN Channel 2. She is currently working on her breakthrough Hollywood screenplay. You can read her blog at or follow her Twitter adventures at @kellene23.


(Cocktail recipes for each race appear in alphabetical order by candidate’s surname.)

Campaign cocktails 2010 



3/4 ounce DeKuyper Island Punch Pucker
1/4 ounce Cruzan Banana Rum
1/4 ounce Smirnoff Orange Vodka
1/4 ounce Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka
1/4 ounce Absolut Citron Vodka

Carefully add ingredients to shot glass in order listed. Stir with hip looking swizzle stick. The resulting color should resemble “” wait for it! “” Scope. The good news is the drink won’t taste like mouthwash. Serves 1.


2 blueberries
1 1/2 ounces Goldschläger cinnamon schnapps
1 ounce Smirnoff Orange Vodka
1/2 ounce Bacardi Gold Rum
1/2 ounce UV Cherry Vodka 

Place blueberries in bottom of margarita glass. Add remaining ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake, then strain into glass. Serves 1. Note: Drink has a small bite, so beginners might want to avoid it. Serves 1.



Stirrings Cosmopolitan Rimmer
1 to 2 blueberries
1 ounce Gatorade Fruit Punch
1/2 ounce Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1/2 ounce Smirnoff Pomegranate Vodka
1/2 ounce Smirnoff Orange Vodka
3/4 ounce 7Up

Wet rim of port glass with water, then dip and twirl in Cosmopolitan Rimmer to lightly and evenly coat. Place blueberries into bottom of glass. Add remaining ingredients except 7Up to ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake, then strain into glass. Add 7Up right before serving to create bubbles and fizz in the “Pretty in Pink” liquid. Serves 1.


Sliced strawberry
1/2 ounce Southern Comfort liqueur
1/2 ounce DeKuyper Island Punch Pucker
3/4 ounce UV Raspberry Vodka
1/4 ounce Gatorade Cool Blue

Place strawberry into bottom of Old-Fashioned glass. Add remaining ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake, then strain into glass. The Southern Comfort helps keep the drink smooth. Serves 1.



Strawberries, plus 1 extra sliced for garnish
Crushed ice
Club soda 

Freeze raspberries and blueberries beforehand. Just before serving, mix berries and crushed ice in highball glass. Add club soda. Garnish rim of glass with sliced strawberry. The berries will act as ice cubes. Stir, as desired, with cool lookin’ swizzle stick. Serves 1.


Dolce & Gabbana Team Up with Martini for Drink Debut

 Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana have teamed up with Bacardi’s vermouth brand Martini to launch their first co-branded drink this month in a rare diversification move for the fashion duo.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have designed and tested the drink which will be unveiled during Milan’s upcoming menswear fashion week, the fashion house said on Thursday.

“As a result of a joint commitment, this new co-branding project strengthens a partnership started more than 10 years ago,” Dolce & Gabbana said in a statement.

Unlike many fashion groups which branched out into jewelry, tableware or hotels to tap a wider client base amid the global financial downturn, the fashion duo has been cautious over diversification.

The drink marks the debut of Dolce & Gabbana in the wines and spirits sector and is their second co-branded product after launching a mobile phone with Motorola five years ago.

As part of their partnership with Martini, the designers have opened bars at their stores in Milan and Shanghai and launched a menswear line.

Privately-owned Bermuda-based Bacardi, which owns the Martini vermouth brand, will produce and sell the drink.

Dolce & Gabbana celebrate the 20th anniversary of their menswear line on June 19-20 in Milan