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The American Presidents: Commander in Drinks (Part 2)

The American Presidents: Commander in Drinks (Part 2)

November 16, 2010 0

Part 2: Lincoln to Coolidge

This is the second in my series of three blogs. Here’s a link to the first 15 Presidents.

I would like to note once again, that I’m not a bartender, nor a historian. Liberties may once again be taken.

Abraham-lincoln-pictureSixteenth President: Abraham Lincoln, 1861 – 1865

Drink 1: Railsplitter: In the Presidential elections of 1860, Lincoln was one of four candidates for the nation’s highest office. The “Railsplitter” is the platform that he ran on. They called him this because he laid railroad ties for a couple of months in early adulthood.  Really, he was the ultimate candidate for change. Split this:

2 teaspoons of simple sugar syrup* 
Lemon juice
Ginger ale

In highball glass, mix syrup with lemon juice, filled remainder with Ginger ale.
*To make syrup, boil 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar unit sugar is dissolved than transfer to squirt bottle

Drink 2: Bullet in the Head: At his autopsy, the bullet fell out his head at the White House and clanked on the floor. The mortician wondered out loud how that bullet would change history.

½ shot Jagermeister
½ shot Goldschlager
½ shot peppermint liqueur
½ shot sambuca

 Chill and strain. Enjoy the play. 

Seventeenth President: Andrew Johnson, 1865 – 1869

Impeached Schnapps: Andrew Johnson was our first President that was impeached by Congress. He was saved by one single vote in the Senate.

Eighteenth President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869 – 1877

Five Star General: Grant was a shop keeper after graduating from West Point. When the Civil War broke out he joined the Union side and succeeded in rising to the leading General in the war. His administration is noted for its shadiness. The cabinet was corrupt. Here’s how you command this drink:

½ oz Jagermeister
½ oz 151 proof rum
½ oz Peppermint Liqueur
½ oz cinnamon schnapps
½ oz Tequila 

Combine in a shot glass, be a man and shoot it down. 

Nineteenth President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877 – 1881

Water: The first lady, Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, banished all alcohol out of the White House during his administration. Talk about your buzz kill.

Twentieth President: James Garfield, 1881

Log Cabin Maple Syrup: Garfield was the last President to be born in a log cabin. His administration was brought short, when an assassin shot him in the back and arm. He was shot July 2, 1881 and died September 19, 1881. The shooter, a bitter, disillusioned office seeker said after firing, “Arthur is now President!”

Twenty-First President: Chester A. Arthur, 1881 – 1885

Mustache Ride: Only the second Vice President to obtain the office upon the assassination of the President, Arthur succeeded at very little in office. However, he did succeed in growing the finest mustache of any Commander and Chief. Mound up:

1/3 oz Everclear
1/3 oz butterscotch schnapps
1/3 oz chocolate milk 

Add the schnapps, then the Everclear, then the milk to the shot glass. Shoot. Wipe off remnants with the back of your hand.

Twenty-Second President: Grover Cleveland, 1885 – 1889

Robbing the Cradle: He was the only President to marry while in office. His spouse  was only 21, compared to his 51 years of age. Upon leaving the White House upon not getting his party’s nomination, the first lady, Frances Folson Cleveland said, “We’ll be back.”

Shot of Bourbon

Mix the Enfamil with the milk, add the bourbon. For extra effect, drink out of a sippy cup.

Twenty-Third President: Benjamin Harrison, 1889 – 1893

Billionaire: Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of the Ninth President, William Henry Harrison. His administration was much longer than his grandfather’s, whose term was cut short from pneumonia after only 30 days. This is the first administration that served a billion dollar Congress. Cash it in:

¼ oz Triple Sec
1 /1/2 oz Whiskey
Dash of grenadine syrup
4 oz Sweet and Sour Mix 

Combine everything but the sour mix in a shaker. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top off with the sweet and sour mix.

Twenty-Fourth President: Grover Cleveland…again, 1893 – 1897

Double Shot: Cleveland is the only President to serve non-consecutive terms. To make this drink, just do two shots of whatever.

Twenty-Fifth President: William McKinley, 1897 – 1901

Tootsie Pop: Is it just me or does this guy look like an owl? And when I think of owls my strange mind thinks of the tootsie pop commercials seen here. McKinley’s 2nd term ended suddenly when he was shot while in a receiving line in San Francisco. The assassin said that the reason why he did it is because he wanted to kill a “ruler.” Although not a drink, unwrap one and count the licks.

Twenty-Sixth President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901 – 1909

Drink One: Big Stick: Teddy’s most famous quote, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.” Swing this:

½ oz sloe gin
½ oz Southern Comfort
½ oz peach schnapps

Build in a shot glass. It’s supposed to look and taste like a popsicle stick.

Drink Two: Bull Moose: Although, not during his administration, Roosevelt ran as candidate for President, unsuccessfully as the Bull Moose candidate during the election of 1912. Arguably our most eccentric President, some other fun facts about his Presidency: he took Taekwondo lessons on the White House lawn (Remember this is 1901, seventy years before Bruce Lee), and the Teddy Bear was named after and sort of resembles him. Here’s how you cross a Bull Moose:

½ oz Yukon Jack Canadian Whisky
½ oz Red Bull

Put ingredients in a shot glass and slush it down.

Twenty-Seventh President: William Howard Taft, 1909 – 1913

Fat Ass: Taft was the heaviest President ever. Weighing in at over 300 pounds, it is rumored that he once got stuck in the White House bath tub. Sink this:

½ oz Stoli Razberi vodka
½ oz Bacardi Limon rum

Put ingredients in a shot glass and down it.

Twenty-Eight President: Woodrow Wilson, 1913 – 1921

Twenty Thousand Leagues: Wilson fought hard to start the League of Nations, a union of the world’s nations. Ultimately, the League failed, but later was the blueprint for the United Nations. Some other information about Wilson, he actually courted and married his second wife, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, during his administration. Good thing too, because during the last months of his presidency, Wilson suffered a traumatic stroke and was bedridden. She nursed him by his bedside until his death in 1924. Bowl this:

1 ½ oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth
1 tsp licorice liqueur
2 dashes orange bittes
Crushed ice

In a mixing glass half-filled with crushed ice, combine all of the ingredients. Stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Twenty-Ninth President: Warren G. Harding, 1921 – 1923

Back Room Drinks: This administration was during Prohibition, when alcohol was outlawed for everyone in the country…everyone except Al Capone and the President. Harding, an avid poker player, enjoyed drinking, and he was reportedly really good at the last one. Just drink whatever you want here. For effect, enter the room you where you drink it through the back entrance. Heck, go ahead and drink with the light out too.

Thirtieth President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923 – 1929

Vacation in the Glass: Coolidge loved vacations. He vacationed in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The locals kept stocking a lake that he was fishing in every night. They were trying to get federal funding for Mount Rushmore. It worked! The President ended up staying in the Dakotas for over a month. All the while, New Orleans was suffering from a tremendous flood. Sit back and tip this back:

1 oz Bailey’s
1 oz Havana Club Barrel Proof Rum

Pour the stuff over ice.

After Coolige’s administration, the economy began to crumple. The Great Depression was just around the corner. Thanks for reading taking the time to read this. Next I’ll write about Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama.

Jeff Miller
Cincinnati, OH

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