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The American Dream

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It looks like the Hawaii State Society's sold-out inaugural ball at the Mandarin Oriental hotel is one of the hottest tickets in town.

This is the organization's first time hosting an inaugural ball, and it is doing it in style. To toast Obama, who was born in the state, some revelers will be lifting a glass filled with cocktails created specifically for the event.

So if you can't score a ticket, you can put on a lei, grab a cocktail shaker and mix up your own.

The visually stunning American Dream, created by mixologist Bridget Albert, features a garnish of mini stars cut out of white fondant and a cocktail pick strung with blueberries.

While the cocktail's colors harken to the red-white-and-blue of the flag, its taste recalls another American symbol: cherry pie.

"Nothing is more American than cherry pie," said Albert, author of "Market Fresh Mixology."

The recipe:

1 ounce Pama Pomegrante Liqueur
1 ounce black cherry rum
1 ½ ounce Pom Wonderful pomegranate cherry juice
½ oz fresh sour

Garnish:
White fondant mini stars
Blueberries

Cut the mini stars out. Using water, gently wet the back of each star and press into the inside of the cocktail glass. Let sit for five minutes.

Fill mixing glass with all ingredients. Add ice to tin. Shake well and strain into star-studded cocktail glass. Garnish with blueberries on a pick.