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
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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 — Moët & 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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