The Cardinal Cooler Cocktail

Staff Writer
The Cardinal Cooler Cocktail
Courtesy of Art and Soul

The Cardinal Cooler cocktail, inspired by Virginia.

The Cardinal Cooler cocktail, made in honor of the 2012 presidential election's swing states, is made just for Virginia, up for grabs this November. Try it at D.C. hot spot Artbar, at Art Smith's Art and Soul. 

Deliver Ingredients


  • 1 1/2 Ounce gin
  • 1 Ounce White Hall Viognier
  • Splash of simple syrup
  • ice
  • Splash of ginger beer
  • Lemon peel (garnish)


Pour gin and wine into a wine glass, then add splash of simple syrup. Add ice and top off with ginger beer. Garnish with lemon peel. 

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.