44 Drinks for 44 Presidents: The Ultimate Inauguration Cocktail List

One Washington, D.C. bar features 44 drinks for 44 presidents: how to also drink like your favorite POTUS


31. William Howard Taft  Manhattan

The judge enjoyed his straight with two cherries.

30. Herbert Hoover  Long Island Iced Tea

Prohibition-conscious imbibers relished this enticing tall drink, which contained everything on the bar except "the kitchen sink."

29. Calvin Coolidge  cranberry juice and soda

A gentle New England tonic to fortify one’s Puritan constitution.

28. Warren G. Harding  Seven and Seven

This drink was a popular highball among the "Ohio Gang," especially when served at Speaker "Nicky" Longworth’s poker games.

27. Woodrow Wilson  French 75

A Versailles’ favorite used to toast the "League" and the end of the "war to end all wars."

26. Theodore Roosevelt  Ward 8

A politically charged concoction, brought to D.C.  by "Big Stick" Republicans from New York.

25. William McKinley  Gin Rickey

Lime-infused long drink made popular at the Chicago Exposition.

24. Grover Cleveland  Sazerac

The New Orleans sensation swept the nation in the 1880s.

23. Benjamin Harrison  Ramos Gin fizz

Popularized a block from the White House after construction of the first soda fountain at the Willard Hotel.

22. Grover Cleveland  Moë& Chandon champagne

The nation celebrated a White House wedding with the finest of French champagne.

21. Chester A. Arthur  The Gibson

Popular with Tammany Democrats, it's named for Chester’s mentor Senator Gibson from New York.

20. James A. Garfield  Dewars Scotch

Andrew Carnegie had the Scottish Distillers’ send the new president a case for his inaugural.

19. Rutherford B. Hayes  Orange Blossom

Washington’s pressmen spiked the oranges with gin at the "tea totalling" Hayes inaugural in 1877.

18. Ulysses S. Grant  Roman Punch

It was so cold in DC that this fruit and champagne refresher froze solid in the bowl.

17. Andrew Johnson  Brandy Toddy

 Johnson relied on this potion to cure "various, vicarious vapors" known to afflict residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

16. Abraham Lincoln  apple cider

Although known to have acquired a taste for corn whiskey  in his earlier years, fresh-pressed apple juice would revive his constitution.

15. James Buchanan  French Claret

This red wine was the spirit of choice in socially astute pre-war D.C.

14. Franklin Pierce  Oachtel

This nectar of the Aztec gods was discovered by the hero of the Mexican War and introduced first in New England, then in Washington, D.C.

13. Millard Fillmore  Brandy Crusta

All the rage in New York and London.

12. Zachary Taylor  Mamie Taylor

This ginger-infused refresher was named for Taylor’s corn-cob "smokin’" sweetie.

11. James K. Polk  Jack Daniel's and water

Tennessee "walkin’" whiskey is served as a manifest premonition of our nation’s destiny in 1850.

10. John Tyler  Southern-style Mint Julep

Henry Clay mentored our 10th chief executive in the fine art of building this compromisingly elegant elixir.

9. William H. Harrison  hot spiced cider

"Twas a cold and rainy day in March when 'Tippecanoe' walked up the avenue of the presidents to the White House."

8. Martin Van Buren  Hennessy martini

 An aristocratic mixture, first given to "little Van" by the Lafayette in 1825.

7. Andrew Jackson  rye whiskey

A two- finger pour of Tennessee’s Democratic, frontier finest.

6. John Quincy Adams  hot buttered rum

A New England toddy with the spiced flavor of the West Indies.

5. James Monroe  Sherry Cobbler

 This cool long drink is often called America’s first cocktail, popularized during the Revolution.

4. James Madison  French champagne

First lady "Dolly" loved all things fashionable and French.

3. Thomas Jefferson  Meritage red wine

Our third president learned to love French wine while in Paris in the 1780s.

2. John Adams  Bitter Sling cocktail

Made with a mix of rum and brandy, two of New England’s finest distilled products.

1. George Washington  Madeira wine

Our first chief executive favored Malmsey, a fortified wine from this Mediterranean isle. He was also partial to fruit brandies and rye whiskey, which he distilled at Mount Vernon.



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