Time for 'change,' inaugural cocktail style

The upcoming January 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden will usher in a new period in American governance.

What better time to come up with ways to comemmorate the event? Obama won the election while calling for change. In the drinks world, any event calls for change in the form of new concoctions, of course. After all, business is business.

So, here are a pair of drinks whipped up just for the occasion. They were created for the inaugural ball scheduled for the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, DC, for the Hawaii delegation by Bridget Albert, mixologist and author.

"When I got the call from PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur to create an official cocktail for this monumental event, I was truly inspired,” said Albert, the master mixologist at Southern Wine and Spirits and director of the Academy of Spirits and Fine Service in Illinois. “I want each Inaugural ball guest, and revelers around the globe, to experience the energy of the evening."

There is, by the way, no coincidence that the main ingredients in these drinks come from Heaven Hill Distilleries. They're paying the freight for the research and promotion.


1 ounce PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 ounce black cherry rum
1 ounce POM WONDERFUL pomegranate cherry juice
½ ounce fresh sour
Garnish: white fondant stars and blueberries on a cocktail pick

Cut mini stars out of white fondant. Using water, gently wet the back of each star and press into the inside of the cocktail glass. Let sit for 5 minutes. Fill mixing glass with all ingredients add ice to tin. Shake well and strain into star studded cocktail glass. Garnish with blueberries on a pick.


2 ounces Hpnotiq
1 ounce citrus vodka
Juice from a lemon wedge
Lemon lime soda
Garnish: lemon spiral

Fill tall glass with all ingredients and add ice. Stir well .

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