NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- A spirited election year lets restaurants throughout the country celebrate with cocktails and specials for before patrons and staff cast their votes, as they watch the ballots come in and after the election is decided.
TravelsinTaste has scouted out delicious election-themed cocktails across the country as well as a little something for voters to nibble on:
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In honor of our first president and in the spirit of the season, Park City, Utah, luxury hotel the Washington School House -- named after the man of apocryphal cherry tree fame -- created The First President. This deliciously patriotic cocktail incorporates fresh berries, High West vodka from the nearby High West distillery, St. Germain and club soda.Searsucker, in downtown San Diego, is run by Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey and known for its approachable and unpretentious cuisine. Pick & Rocks Cocktails, the in-house mixology firm that provides the cocktail menus and programs for all five of Brian's restaurants, created Pundit's Punch -- ever changing, flip-flopping, but always optimistic. It's made with rum, ginger, lemon and melon as of today ... but tomorrow it could be made with something new! San Diego's US Grant Hotel is used to presidents; 14 of them have stayed there. Now mixologist Jeff Josenhans has introduced an Off the Record cocktail at its Grant Grill -- with Kona coffee bean-infused High West Double Rye Whiskey to represent Utah GOP hopeful Mitt Romney and macadamia nut liqueur to represent Hawaiian-born President Barack Obama. Finished with a macadamia nut rim and coffee bean garnish, the drink is served on the rocks. San Diego gem Thrusters Lounge, nestled along the main coastal drag of Pacific Beach, reaches across party lines to offer $1.75 wells all day and night every Wednesday leading up to the election, as well as nonalcoholic drink specials for Team Romney and Kona brewing specials for Team Obama. There will also be a stack of voter registration cards on the bar, encouraging those to register if they haven't yet. Set amid lush courtyards and blooming gardens in Phoenix, Ariz., the Royal Palms Resort & Spa restaurant T. Cooks will be offering The Great American Cosmopolitan, which combines Ketel One Citron vodka with lime juice, Cointreau, grenadine and a pineapple foam. In Midtown Manhattan, Jay Z's upscale restaurant and sports lounge The 40/40 Club -- recently reopened after a $10 million dollar renovation and expansion -- offers the USA Martini, a layered cocktail made with Godiva white chocolate liqueur, grenadine, blueberry vodka, vanilla vodka and blue Curacao. Can't decide between red or blue? You can stay independent in Midtown with A Voce Madison's clear cocktail, the Margarita in Fuoco, created with pepper-infused tequila, Solerno and lime juice. For Election Day munching there's Burger Lounge, a 100% grass-fed-beef better burger concept with eight locations throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. Guests who present their "I Voted" sticker will get a free "half and half," a combination of the restaurant's acclaimed panko-crusted homemade onion rings and twice-fried french fries with a choice of housemade barbecue sauce or ranch dressing. When the ballots have been cast and the election is over, the place to either retreat or celebrate is Beurre & Sel, the cookie boutique Dorie Greenspan recently opened with her son, Joshua, and business partner Daniel Seehof. Try her World Peace cookies, French shortbreads with a delicious combination of dark chocolate chunks and fleur de sel. They're making the world better one cookie at a time.