In general, American Presidents have always enjoyed great cocktails just like their constituents. Aside from the honorable title and immense responsibilities, most public leaders would gladly welcome a nightcap (or two).We’re sure sipping cocktails or brews — as 21st President Arthur would prefer — is a very common and much-needed practice amongst the nation’s leaders, both past and present. In fact, our very first president, George Washington, preferred fortified wines like Madeira and Port. He even owned a commercial distillery, which still operates today on his estate, Mt. Vernon, in Virginia.
We know that alcohol is a large part of American culture and always has been — even in Prohibition Era — yet, there were a few teetotalers, including presidents Lincoln and Hayes ( the latter when Mrs. Hayes wife was around, at least). Traveling in very exclusive social circles, American Chiefs of State took a few swigs of high-end elixirs such as Champagne (Presidents John Tyler and Ulysses S. Grant’s choice) and Heineken, which was considered a chic import during John F. Kennedy’s time in office. Whether a dry martini, beer, or hard cider was top choice, our country’s leaders have almost all had a preferred tipple.
Read on to learn more about some of our nation’s presidents and their habits and preferences.