44 Drinks for 44 Presidents: The Ultimate Inauguration Cocktail List
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We gave you all the possible cocktails you needed for the election (whether you were a Republican or a Democrat); now, one Washington, D.C. bar has upped the ante and mapped out the ultimate presidential inauguration cocktail list: a drink for every president.
That's right, from George Washington to Barack Obama, Round Robin at the Willard InterContinental Hotel has created a drink for each president. The Washington Post's Going Out Guide points out just how accurately bartender Jim Hewes stuck to the political (and drinking) discourse when it came to creating a drink for each POTUS. For example, Franklin D. Roosevelt's drink, a Plymouth Gin martini, was the first drink he mixed after Prohibition was repealed; George Washington's drink, madeira, is one wine Washington often mentioned in letters. And there's even nonalcoholic options for the sober presidents on the list, like George W. Bush's Coca-Cola with lemon. And what's Obama's personal drink? The Blue Hawaiian, noted for his political party and vacation spot. (We're almost surprised it's not his Honey Ale.)
The Round Robin shared with us its 44 drinks for each president, so if you're gearing up for your own inauguration party — or want to relive the glory days of (fill in the blank) president — we have every drink you could possibly need.
44. Barack Obama — Blue Hawaiian
The drink combines the president’s penchant for aged tequila and the cool blue waters of the Pacific; the Blue Hawaiin eatures aged tequila, Curaçao, and fresh lime juice.
43. George W. Bush — Diet Coca-Cola with a slice of lemon
"Light and crisp" — able to keep even the busiest chief executive, active, alert, and awake.
42. William J. Clinton — Tanqueray Gin and tonic
A standard on the Washington cocktail circuit during Clinton's term.
41. George H. Bush — Absolut Vodka martini
Always politically correct, with or without garnish.
40. Ronald Reagan — California sparkling wine
Introduced to Washingtonians at his first inauguration.
39. Jimmy Carter — alcohol-free white wine
Served, much to the dismay of the fourth estate, throughout his four years in the White House.
38. Gerald R. Ford — Glenfiddish Whisky, over ice
Served in the spirit of bipartisanship, Gerry also favored Budweiser "longnecks" in the bottle.
37. Richard M. Nixon — Bacardi Rum and Coke
Dick would relish mixing and stirring for his guests aboard the presidential yacht, the Sequoia.
36. Lyndon B. Johnson — Cutty Sark and Branch Water
A post-war favorite of "Cactus’ Jack" Garner and Sam Rayburns’ most famous protégé.
35. John F. Kennedy — Beefeater martini, up with olives
Served regally in the White House to those in the good graces of America’s "Camelot."
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower — Johnnie Walker Black Label on the rocks
An acquired taste from his time spent at Allied headquarters in London during WWII.
33. Harry S. Truman — Maker's Mark and soda
An aficionado of Kentucky’s finest, both he and Bess enjoyed this long-drink while playing poker at the White House.
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt — Plymouth Gin martini
"Oh… so cool, so clean, so awfully civilized!" said FDR. Often scolded by Eleanor for his penchant for the highball, this elegant elixir was served at the most important political party in DC; the Cocktail Party.
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