If there is one thing that we can all agree on this election season, it’s the fact that this race has proven to be some of the best TV fodder that has fallen into the entertainment industry’s lap in years.
The 2016 presidential election has inspired everything from hilarious comedy sketches for shows like SNL, to late night monologues like this gem on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. We even saw parallels to the dramatic primetime storylines on hit shows like Scandal. Not to mention the awesome cameos from the noms themselves, like that time our favorite Broad City twosome got to meet Hillz after a long day of volunteering.
So what will this hot mess of an election inspire next? Since you’re reading this you obviously know the answer to that one…
For the first presidential debate, I found myself at a crowded bar in Seattle (where one of those naked Trump statues just so happened to be) playing a game of drinking debate bingo and enjoying one of the best debate watch parties out there. It was at that moment that I knew I had to set aside some time to come up with a few ideas for a party of my own. Whether you’re on Team Trump, Team Hillary or Team IDGAF Just Give Me Another Drink I’ve got you covered…
Check out the gallery below to see the recipes featured in this post:
Drink — Screwdriver
We’ll start things off with a classic cocktail — The Screwdriver. This simple drink is a favorite of mine and seemed like the perfect choice for a number of reasons, not just because its color matches that of the Republican nominee’s unnatural skin tone.
It is made using only the finest Russian vodka just like “The Donald” likes. I told a friend of mine that I would pay him $5 to juice the fresh oranges for me, but since I decided that he didn’t do a good enough job I refused to pay up. I took that one right out of the Trump Playbook — Thanks for the solid advice Mr. Trump! In the end, I settled on store-bought orange juice which worked out just fine.
Food — Trump Sliders
For food, the obvious choice had to be the infamous “Trump Sandwich” that you may have seen floating around the Internet. What makes a Trump Sandwich you ask? Just a few simple ingredients — White bread, baloney, Russian dressing and a small pickle. I tried to come up with something as clever as this, but I kept finding myself back at the beginning every time. It was just too good to pass up.
Rather than serving up a bunch of meaty full-sized sandwiches, I took my own variation of the recipe and decided to stick with mini Trump sliders. Tiny hands. Tiny pickles. Tiny sandwiches. It just made sense.
Since this is a food blog after all, I had to elevate this dish somehow and figured I would make the Russian dressing from scratch. All you’ll need for this homemade sauce is some mayonnaise, ketchup, horseradish, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together, spread on the top of your slider bun and enjoy!
Drink — The Blue Pantsuit
Hillary is a woman, in case you haven’t heard, so therefore one of the most important things about her is her physical appearance…right? Nobody seems to care what any of the male politicians wear, but as we’ve seen time and time again this becomes a hot topic when a woman is in the spotlight. Hillary can rock a pantsuit like no other (not sure if that’s a compliment or not), so her go-to OOTD is what inspired this next cocktail.
The Blue Pantsuit — Whether you’re a fan of the look or not, I guarantee you’ll enjoy this drink. Start by muddling a handful of blueberries in a cocktail shaker, then add 1 oz. of gin, 1 oz. of blur curacao and ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass and top with sprite.
Food — NY Deli Pinwheels
Over the years, and especially in recent months, Hillary Clinton has been criticized for seeming cold, emotionless and closed off. I already knew that I’d be making those Trump Sandwiches, so the idea of a cold cut wrap of some sort came to mind when thinking of food recipes for his counterpart. I tossed a few different ideas around, but in the end I came up with a delicious NY Deli inspired pinwheel recipe that you’ll absolutely love!
First, you’ll want to cook up a small batch of sauerkraut. To help cut the sour salty taste, I first caramelized some onions then added two tablespoons of brown sugar to the pan while everything was cooking. Mix the onions and sauerkraut in with a package of cream cheese and ¼ cup of mustard until well combined. Spread a thin layer of the mixture across a tortilla, then add a few pieces of pastrami and Swiss cheese. Tightly roll up the tortilla, wrap it in foil and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Once you’ve let the wraps chill for a bit, take them out of the fridge and remove the foil. Cut off and discard the ends (who are we kidding, you know you’re going to eat them), then cut each wrap into 1-2” pieces. Don’t forget to serve them with a side of mustard for dipping!
TEAM IDGAF JUST GIVE ME ANOTHER DRINK
Fair enough — Your voice has been heard. I’ve got one last drink, and it’s the one that will truly make American great again. Inspired by the show-stealing star of the second debate, I give you…drum roll please….
The Ken Bone Bomb Pop! This frozen slushy drink tastes just like the popsicles you probably remember from your childhood summers thanks to Smirnoff’s Red, White and Berry Vodka. If you can’t find this particular flavor at your local liquor store, feel free to substitute any regular or citrus-flavored bottle of vodka you’d like.
To create this layered look, you’ll want to blend each color separately with enough ice to keep the slushy nice and thick. Start with the blue layer, by mixing the vodka with sprite and Blue Curacao. The white layer simply consists of vodka, sprite and a little bit of lime juice. Finally, for the red layer, you’ll want to stick with the vodka and sprite adding in a splash of grenadine for flavor and color.
For all of you undecided voters out there, the candidates have one final chance to convince you that they are the lesser of two evils. Tune in to the final presidential debate this Wednesday, October 19th. Grab a drink, follow the rules below as you watch and try not to get alcohol poising — This final debate is sure to be a doozy!