Washington restaurant introduces swing-state cocktails

One Capitol Hill eatery is getting in the spirit of election season with a line of politically inspired beverages.

Starting next week, Art and Soul is introducing a menu of so-called “swing-state cocktails.” The eight libations are an ode to the set of states considered up for grabs in November.

Some of the swing state specialties include Wisconsin’s Cheese Head, made with Death’s Door Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and a shiraz floater, topped off with a cheddar cheese cube); the Meat and Potato, an homage to Iowa that has house-oaked vodka and candied bacon ... yes, candied bacon; and Ohio’s Peanut Butter Buckeye, a mix of vodka and peanut butter syrup with a chocolate powder rim.

The debut of the beverages happens to coincide with GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s cross-country tour of some key battleground states. After making a stop in Denver on Sunday, the former Massachusetts governor is poised to visit Ohio and Virginia later this week. President Obama attended a reelection campaign fundraiser in Milwaukee, Wis., over the weekend (no word whether he imbibed on any spirits outfitted with a cheddar cheese cube while there).

Art and Soul’s chef and owner, Art Smith, tells ITK in an email, “The swing states are obviously crucial to the way this election turns out. Art and Soul is steps away from the Capitol, and we have guests from both parties in here all the time enjoying our food or stopping by for a drink. These Swing-State cocktails are for folks on either side of the aisle.”

The Southern-cooking Top Chef star added, “Hey, who doesn't enjoy a cocktail?"

The restaurant is also celebrating Election Night with a viewing party. We hear the swing state cocktails will be buy one, get one free for any diners donning an “I Voted” sticker on Nov. 6.