Election Cocktails – Assault Weapon & Basket of Deplorables

In the spirit of Mother Jones’ tongue-in-cheek election cocktails the “Nasty Woman” and “Bad Hombre”, I decided to toss in a couple of nonsensical buzzwords from the other side of the aisle that had gotten enough traction to deserve their own actually drinkable adult beverages…

I give you the “Assault Weapon” and the “Basket of Deplorables”:

Assault Weapon & Basket of Deplorables election cocktails
The Assault Weapon and the Basket of Deplorables election cocktails.

While the Mother Jones election cocktails involved some wonderful “ivory tower” ingredients like Thai basil and Cocchi di Torino vermouth, I decided take my election cocktails distinctly to well… the other side of the aisle.

That said, I want to stress that the ingredients were selected for quality and thematic appropriateness- these excellent spirits are anything but deplorable. They’ve also got kick- so don’t drink and drive… Imbibe AFTER you vote- think of them as post election cocktails for a reason!

We’ll see y’all on the flipside of this election!

Assault Weapon


  • Sprig of rosemary
  • 8oz. Chilled steel Tumbler or Old Fashioned glass

Combine ingredients, stir with rosemary spring. Add ice as needed. Garnish with rosemary.

Basket of Deplorables


  • Shaker
  • Ice
  • Paring Knife
  • Juicer
  • 16 oz. Red Solo cup or Pint Glass

Juice lemon into shaker w/ ice. Add other ingredients and shake briskly. Strain into cup and top off with chilled lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon.

P.S. – I tried making a “Trumped-up Trickle Down” for my election night cocktails, but I couldn’t get a drop of Goldschlager to float on a thin layer of cream liqueur floating atop a glass of Bud Lite.