Raising The Bar

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, News, Upfront.

Coverage of this year’s mayoral primary makes us yearn for a stiff drink. Fortunately Tom Macy, a mixologist at the Brooklyn cocktail bar Clover Club, has whipped up a menu of cocktails based on each candidate’s policies and personalities. Try making them at your Election Night party—when you’re going to need any kind of alcohol you can get your hands on. Bottoms up!




The Quinn

The Quinn Cocktail

Christine Quinn is bold and brassy, so Macy reached for the tequila. He also added some Campari, whose scarlet color matches Quinn’s hair and whose bitterness matches her, well, apparent managerial style. This is a crowd-pleasing cocktail, but try not to down more than one at a time.

  • 1.5 oz blanco tequila
  • .75 oz yellow chartreuse
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .25 oz Campari
  • .25 oz St.-Germain
  • Garnish with a grapefruit twist
  • Shaken and served up


The Thompson

The Thompson Cocktail

The easygoing and calm former comptroller deserves a spirit with class—aged bourbon. In a nod to Bill Thompson’s Caribbean heritage, Macy also adding aged rum, which means the result should be a delicious, smooth cocktail that will give you a mean hangover in the morning—just like the day after the election.

  • 1 oz good aged bourbon
  • .5 oz aged rum
  • .5 oz Lemon Hart 151
  • 1 barspoon Smith & Cross rum
  • 1 barspoon cane syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 dash Jerry Thomas Decanter bitters
  • Stirred and served on the rocks
  • Garnish with an orange twist


The De Blasio

de Blasio Cocktail

Bill de Blasio, the clear-eyed, dry, liberal stalwart, deserves a spirit that matches him—in this case, that’s gin. Macy gave a nod to de Blasio’s proposal to provide universal pre-K by taxing the rich with the apple flavor of Calvados. This is a nice and refreshing cocktail. Serve it in a tall glass.

  • 1.5 oz London dry gin
  • .75 oz Calvados
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .75 oz cinnamon syrup
  • Shaken and served in a collins glass
  • Top with soda water
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick


The Weiner

The overly confident, risk-taking outer-borough striver has the most recognizable name of the bunch—so this deserves some flavored vodka. Macy threw in a dash of bitters for Anthony Weiner’s love-hate relationship with New Yorkers, and his wide-ranging “Keys to the City” policy book was the inspiration for the mixologist to throw a bunch of other random ingredients into the mix. Stay away from your cell phone after downing a few of these bad boys.

The Weiner Cocktail

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz George Dickle Tennessee whiskey
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz pineapple juice
  • .25 oz passion fruit
  • .25 oz maple syrup
  • 2 oz orange bitters
  • 2 oz tiki bitters
  • Serve in a tiki mug
  • Garnish with 2 raspberries and an unopened paper umbrella

The Liu 

The Liu Cocktail

The tireless and efficient but low-profile city comptroller John Liu deserves something unique—how about pisco? And his outsider status thanks to a pending federal investigation? Better go with sherry. This should result in an endearing yet sometimes pandering too-sweet sugary cocktail.

  • 2 oz pisco
  • 1 oz Pedro Ximénez sherry
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • .25 oz egg whites
  • Shaken and served up
  • Garnish with a few dashes of bitters on top



The Lhota

The Lhota Cocktail

The hardworking, tough-talking former chief of the MTA deserves a classic, workmanlike cocktail, and that means rye whiskey. But New Yorkers have a complex relationship with Joe Lhota, who recently lamented ending stop-and-frisk and said it could turn New York into Detroit, so add some mezcal. This is a stiff and aggressive drink—one that Lhota might actually order.

  • 1 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz mezcal
  • .75 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Stirred and served straight up
  • Garnish with a cherry


The Catsimatidis

The Catsimatidis CocktailThe richest candidate in the race deserves nothing less than the finest single malt scotch and champagne—mixed together. John Catsimatidis reminded Macy of a character in a Scorsese movie—even though Catsimatidis is Greek—so toss in a little Fernet Branca. Like several of Catsimatidis’ policies, such as increasing vocational schools to curb drop-out rates, this is a nice concept drink that might not work.

  • 1 oz single malt scotch
  • .5 oz Fernet Branca
  • Stirred and strained into a champagne saucer
  • Top with champagne


The McDonald

The McDonald Cocktail

George McDonald, the champion of the homeless and small businesses who started the Doe Fund, is all class, so pick up some cognac. Add some green chartreuse, since he’s a first-time candidate, and you have an old-school drink worthy of the “grandpa” title with which Weiner labeled him at a recent mayoral forum.

  • 1.5 oz cognac
  • .5 oz green Chartreuse
  • .5 oz Drambuie
  • Built in a rocks glass over ice, briefly stir with a straw
  • Garnish with a lemon twist
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