It feels like this election season has been going on forever. But now that all the debates are over and November 8 is quickly approaching, all there's left to do is vote (if you haven't already) and wait for the results. But sitting by and watching the votes roll in is bound to be just as nerve-racking as the rest of this race has been. That's why sipping on a red, white, and blue cocktail is the perfect way to calm your election anxieties and remind yourself to have faith in all the Americans who made it to the polls.
Even though this election season has been absolutely insane, it's also an American tradition that only happens once every four years – and that's something to celebrate. Whether you're planning on a low-key night watching the results with your roommate or going all out with a political-themed party, some red, white, and blue drinks will help bring some fun and patriotism to your election evening. And hey, it'll also give you an excuse to make toasts to all of Hillary Clinton's killer pantsuits. So after you've cast your ballot, sit down and relax with one of these red, white and blue drinks.
1. Bomb Pop Cocktail Pitcher
While November may be too cold to suck on the red, white, and blue popsicles that we loved so much as kids, this pitcher inspired by those sweet treats is the perfect way to bring some patriotism to your party. Also, all of your guests will be super impressed by your skills of layering liquids. Get the recipe here.
2. Pomegranate Gin And Tonic
You can never go wrong with a classic gin and tonic. Americanize your go-to cocktail by adding a splash of pomegranate juice and drinking it out of a blue straw. Get the recipe here.
3. Red, White, and Blue Sangria
Sipping on sangria is a sweet way to spend your Election Day. Yeah, I know it's almost winter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some fresh fruit in your drink. Get the recipe here.
4. Sangria In Rosé, Bourbon, and Blue
If you're looking for something a little stronger than sangria, try adding some bourbon into the mix. This drink is a sure-fire way to get your election party started, while also adhering to the American color scheme. Get the recipe here.
5. Wine Sparklers
We all know that wine is prefect for calming our nerves. Having wine spritzers on election night will not only keep you and your guests relaxed while the votes roll in, but they'll also add a playful element to your party. Get the receipe here.
6. The El Diablo Cocktail
If you just see election night as a good reason to throw a party on a Tuesday, then this drink will probably do the trick for you and your guests. Why? Because this cocktail has tequila in it. 'Nuff said. Get the recipe here.
7. Boozy Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
If you're just looking to bundle up on the couch this Election Day, why not try pairing your pajamas with this boozy red velvet hot chocolate? Not only is this drink delicious, but it'll keep you warm on a chilly November night. Get the recipe here.
Ready or not, Election Day is coming. Whether you're scared, nervous or just looking to throw a party people will remember until the next election, there's definitely a cocktail that'll be perfect for you to drink on November 8.
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