What to Serve At Your ‘House of Cards’ Discussion Party

Because, OMG, episode one? We need a drink.

Actor Kevin Spacey as Rep. Frank Underwood in the show House of Cards.
National Journal
Sarah Mimms
Feb. 20, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

It’s been a week since “House of Cards” sea­son two de­b­uted on Net­flix, and by now your friends who haven’t fin­ished all thrill­ing 13 epis­odes are run­ning out of ex­cuses. Heck, those who didn’t fin­ish it over the three-day week­end were already push­ing their luck. Fi­nally, it’s spoil­er time.

And it’s time to chat about the sur­pris­ing, twisty second sea­son, book-club-style. And what bet­ter way to re-hash Jack­ie Sharp’s rise to power, ooh and ahh over Claire Un­der­wood’s im­press­ive CNN in­ter­view per­form­ance and, per­haps a little mor­bidly, re-watch Zoe Barnes’ run-in with a Metro train at the fic­tion­al Cathed­ral Heights stop a time or two, than over a few drinks? The Pas­sen­ger in Mt. Ver­non Square is already cap­it­al­iz­ing on the second sea­son fan­dom, serving up a few House of Cards-themed drinks in a bar area as dark as Frank Un­der­wood’s heart.

But let’s face it, you sat on a couch for days to watch this show. Why leave your house now? Here are a few drink re­cipes for your own “House of Cards” cock­tail party:

The Pres­id­ent Un­der­wood: Two parts bour­bon, one part lem­on juice with a gren­ad­ine float­er, so you can watch the blood-like syr­up slowly drip down in­to the bot­tom of your glass. Serve with a ci­gar­ette on the side. (Ad­ap­ted from the Bour­bon Daisy)

The Claire: Jalapeno-in­fused vodka mixed with ginger­beer served in a cham­pagne glass — be­cause, ob­vi­ously. Looks classy and el­eg­ant from a dis­tance, goes down smooth and then de­liv­ers a swift kick.

The Meechum: A splash of lime juice squeezed in between ginger beer and dark rum. A dark and stormy night in­deed.

The Jack­ie Sharp: Two parts Rémy Mar­tin, one part Cointr­eau, and a splash of lem­on served in a mar­tini glass. To be sipped while toss­ing a bar­rel of Long Is­land Mer­lot onto the fire.

The Stamper: Seltzer with lime.

The Rachel: An empty glass. Her life is pretty ter­rible.

The Gar­rett Walk­er: A Lone Star tall­boy in a brown pa­per bag. After all, life as a nearly im­peached lame duck isn’t too glam­or­ous.

The Gav­in: A large glass of the pri­ci­est Caber­net Sauvign­on you can af­ford, served with a bowl of cashews.

The Lu­cas: A well-placed, ice-cold Stella Ar­tois ac­com­pan­ied by wildly un­ne­ces­sary con­ver­sa­tion that in no way serves the plot — er, your party. (Ser­i­ously, how much did they pay for that product place­ment?)

The Zoe Barnes: There is no eat­ing or drink­ing al­lowed with­in the Metro Rail sys­tem.

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