The Democrat Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

If you have a sweet tooth and need refreshing drinking to cool you off on a hot summer day, then you'll want to consider The Democrat cocktail.

Let’s put all political stances aside for now and enjoy this universally loved American cocktail. If you have a sweet tooth and need refreshing drinking to cool you off on a hot summer day, then you’ll want to consider The Democrat cocktail.

If you’re into politics and want to see some politically charged cocktails, check out our top 12 political cocktails post.

What is a Democrat Cocktail?

The Democrat Cocktail is a modern summertime cocktail composing of mint, honey syrup, lemon juice, peach liqueur, and Bourbon as its base spirit.

The democrat cocktail drink in a lowball glass with pineapple and mint garnish
The democrat cocktail drink in a lowball glass with pineapple and mint garnish
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​​What is the History of TheDemocrat cocktail?

The Democrat cocktail was created in 2007 by the popular bartender and mixologist Jon Santer while working at “Bourbon and Branch” in San Francisco. He created the Democrat after reading David McCullough’s Truman, a biography about the life of 33rd President Harry S. Truman.

Santer was inspired by Truman’s accounts of his life but particularly touched by the notion of Truman enjoying a glass of bourbon with his wife on their porch in Missouri.

“I started to think about great porch drinks, like sweet tea and lemonade, things one could sip while enjoying the Missouri evening. The Democrat is that drink, a boozy lemonade”

Jon Santer, owner of the Prizefighter bar (Emeryville, California) and Nommo bar (San Francisco).

What Glass is TheDemocrat Served In?

The Democrat is typically served in a highball or lowball glass. If you don’t own the right glassware for this cocktail, consider some of the options below.

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What are the best spirits and Ingredients for The Democrat?

We recommend Jim Bean Kentucky Straight Bourbon for this cocktail. The American white oak-aged bourbon adds a smooth, sweet caramel palate that mixes well with the cooling mint and revitalizing peach liqueur.

If you have a really strong sweet tooth, then bump up the honey flavor with a whiskey that uses a honey variation. There’s the Jim Beam Honey, Jack Daniels Honey, or any other sort of whiskey that adds a little more sweet to that already thirst-quenching cocktail.

How to Make The Democrat

Below are the ingredients and directions for The Democrat. We hope you love this drink as much as we do.

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  • 2 Ounces Bourbon

  • .50 Ounces Honey Syrup

  • .75 Ounces Lemon Juice

  • .50 Ounces Peach Liqueur

  • 3-4 Large Mint Leaves

  • Lemon Wheel for Garnish

  • Mint Sprig for Garnish


  • Using a muddler, lightly bruise the mint leaves at the bottom of a Boston shaker with the honey syrup.
  • Add the bourbon, lemon juice, and peach liqueur, and shake with ice cubes for 20 sec.
  • Fine strain into a highball or goblet glass over crushed ice and stir well to frost the glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig.

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  • Marie Brizard No 11. Peach Liqueur is a popular and standard liqueur to be used for The Democrat cocktail.


So what do you think of The Democrat cocktail? Love it? Hate it? What would you rate it? Let us know in the comments below. 

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