- 1 oz Light Rum
- 1 oz Blue Curacao
- 2 oz Pineapple Juice
- 1 oz Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
- 1 cup ice
Garnish: Cherry, Pineapple
Glassware: Highball Glass
Mix all the ingredients with 1 cup ice in a blender at high speed. Strain into a highball glass and garnish with fruits.
Graham Beck Sparkling Wine - South Africa $16
I included this in my New Year's Eve sparkling wine post but the connection to Obama is too perfect so I'm including it in this post as well. In 1994 Graham Beck Brut NV was chosen as the celebratory drink at the inauguration of South Africa's first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. More recently, after declaring his intention to run for president in February this year, Barack Obama took his wife, Michelle, to one of their favourite restaurants in Chicago. The sommelier recommended two glasses of Graham Beck Brut NV. The Obamas were so impressed with this bubbly that they ordered six bottles for election day. The corks were then ceremoniously popped to celebrate the election of the 44th American president before Barack Obama addressed the world at Grant Park.
Lynfred Cellars Seyval Blanc White Wine Illinois $16
Seyval Blanc is a American-French hybrid grape that produces crisp white wines often with a touch of residual sugar. I thought it would be appropriate to serve an Illinois wine to honor Obama's home state.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon Washington State $16
In addition to ushering in a new President we will also be welcoming a new First Lady. If Michelle Obama were to be described as a wine I would pick Cabernet Sauvignon: strong, classy, smart, sophisticated and graceful. So how about having one that one that includes her name?
Hope Estate Shiraz Australia $14
Hope - it was the theme of Obama's campaign so it seems only fitting to toast his inauguration with some hope in a glass.
Saracco Moscato d'Asti Dessert Wine Italy $14
I've seen numerous clips where Barack Obama talks about pie and he clearly loves it so if I had to pair a wine to his favorite dessert then I would pick a peachy, fruity Moscato d'Asti. This is a slightly sparkling dessert wine, low in alcohol from the Piedmont regin of Italy. It would be particularly tasty with Peach Cobbler.