We won’t be watching the Biden inauguration together in a bar–and certainly won’t be traveling to D.C. to witness it in person this year–but we can still toast the day with a festive inauguration cocktail enjoyed in front of the ol’ live stream.
For a creation that can be enjoyed both by alcohol-drinkers and non-drinkers (like Joe Biden himself), we reached out to Washington, D.C. bartender Derek Brown. Brown, who was invited to the White House to make cocktails for President Obama, is the author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World, and the forthcoming Mindful Mixology: A Comprehensive Guide to No- and Low-Alcohol Cocktails.
“I created the 46th President Inauguration Cocktail completely dry, or sans alcohol, because Biden himself doesn’t drink,” Brown says. “You can swap in Bourbon and Curaçao and have a tasty alcoholic version, but not necessary at all. It’s delicious either way. Ice cream is a big part of that. Of course, we all know Biden enjoys his ice cream—spending some $10,000 on it during his campaign according to Eater—so that was a must.”
46th President Inauguration Cocktail
1 oz. Spiritless Kentucky 74 or Bourbon
1/4 oz. Lyre’s Orange Sec or Orange Curaçao
Scoop vanilla ice cream
1 oz. Thomson and Scott “Noughty” Alcohol-Free Sparkling Chardonnay or Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine
Shake without ice and pour into a coupe. Top with bubbly. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.