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Dispatch Speakeasy: Cocktails for Surviving Debate Night
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Dispatch Speakeasy: Cocktails for Surviving Debate Night

Making the best of a bad night.

Do you fret about the future of America? Are you embarrassed for tomorrow’s televised disaster billed as a “presidential debate”? The Dispatch is here for you. Fact-checker and upstart mixologist Alex Demas invited Peter Suderman, editor at Reason Magazine and cocktail connoisseur, to cook up a menu of drinks strong and delicious enough to drown the bitterness of our political moment.

If you successfully make one of these cocktails, take a photo and tweet at us! We can be found @TheDispatch.

The Agenda:
— Peter’s cocktail origin story
— Balancing a drink
— Surviving the cocktail dark ages
— The Menu: Cheapfake, Build Back Wetter, and The Illiberal
— TheDispatch-Themed Drink: Junto Sour

Show notes:
— Benjamin Franklin’s milk punch recipe
— Alegria Bar
— Your Only Friend
— The now-closed Columbia Room bar
— Cocktails with Suderman

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Alex Demas is a fact checker at The Dispatch and is based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the company in 2023, he worked in England as a financial journalist and earned his MA in Political Economy at King's College London. When not heroically combating misinformation online, Alex can be found mixing cocktails, watching his beloved soccer team Aston Villa lose a match, or attempting to pet stray cats.