America’s Requiem, a Quartz cocktail to drink if Donald Trump wins

Drown your sorrows.
Drown your sorrows.
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There is, by the most favorable estimate (Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight), a 30% chance that Donald Trump will become the next president of the US. If you’re reading this and that has now happened, we have something to help you celebrate—or drown your sorrows.

Quartz’s cocktail czars have created the America’s Requiem as a fitting commemoration of a Trump victory. It’s based off a recipe for one of the bitterest cocktails known to mixology: Eeyore’s Requiem, which combines the hair-raising trio of Campari, Fernet Branca, and Cynar with an exceptional 15 drops of bitters. In this case, we’ve replaced half the Campari with Aperol—to take off the edge slightly, and because a cocktail in Donald Trump’s honor needs every orange-colored liquor it can get.


To make one serving, a “part” is 1/4 oz if you use American measures, or 7.5 ml if you use metric ones. For more servings, just up the quantities while keeping the ratios.

  • 3 parts Campari
  • 3 parts Aperol
  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part Cynar
  • 1 part Fernet Branca
  • 4 parts Lillet Blanc vermouth
  • 15 drops of Angostura bitters
  • for garnish: “Trump’s hair,” a strip of orange peel sliced into thin strands halfway along its length


  1. Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass
  2. Add ice to fill the glass. Stir 30 times
  3. Strain into a martini glass
  4. Give the base of Trump’s hair a squeeze over the drink to express the oils, and hang it on the side of the glass

Sit back and enjoy the intense flavor of a Trump win, and its bitter aftertaste.