Last month, President Barack Obama reportedly dropped by D.C.'s Lincoln Restaurant for a burger and a kale salad. Not that the seasonal small-plates resto is partisan; other politicians who have reportedly stopped by include House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). In that spirit of bipartisan gluttony, Lincoln has announced its first-ever cocktail voter poll, which kicks off today.
Forget Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog; if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the election, head to Lincoln and see how many Democrats have been sucking back the Donkey (pictured above)—a cocktail made with blackberry-infused gin, ginger syrup, lime juice, and soda. The Republicans have their own cocktail as well. It's called, naturally, the Elephant (pictured below) and is made with rhubarb-infused whiskey, homemade strawberry liquor, lime juice, and bitters (both $11).
What makes one cocktail inherently for lefties and the other for conservatives? You can parse the ingredients all you want, but it most likely comes down to the fact that one is red and one is blue.
Lincoln will keep track of how many people have ordered each cocktail on a blackboard behind the bar. If you want to keep score at home, the restaurant will update its Facebook and Twitter accounts with the weekly results. The alcohol-infused poll will end on Election Night, when Lincoln will host a party featuring the favorite foods of both of the candidates (Romney reportedly stays healthy with grilled-chicken sandwiches, although he has been known to eat at Carl's Jr.; Obama is a big chili fan).
Overall, we thoroughly endorse the idea of measuring America's opinions with alcohol. In fact, the next time Gallup calls asking for your opinion on something, demand that they give you a martini first.
—Keith Wagstaff is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Follow him @kwagstaff.