Washington, DC — February 11, 2003 — With President’s Day fast approaching, here are a few interesting facts about some of our presidents and the cocktails they loved. Numerous occupants of the Oval Office have been known for a signature cocktail or spirit. Ulysses S. Grant was a bourbon drinker whose Civil War leadership inspired Abraham Lincoln to inquire, “What brand of whiskey Grant preferred,” as he “would like to send some to his other generals.” John F. Kennedy relished serving daiquiris aboard the Presidential Yacht Sequoia and the common thread between Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon—scotch. “Throughout our nation’s history, distilled spirits have been part of the machinery of government,” says Jim Hewes, bar manager at the Round Robin bar at Washington D.C.’s historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel and birthplace of the term lobbying. “From George Washington, who preached the benefits of spirits to the army, to Franklin Roosevelt, who capped off each working day with a cocktail hour, spirits have helped to shape our nation’s path.” Oddly enough, Washington, who was known for putting down the Whiskey Rebellion during his first presidential term, later went on to become one of the nation’s largest and most successful distillers. At the peak of his distillery’s production in 1799, Washington produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey yielding a $7,500 profit. “There’s little doubt in my mind that Washington would have enjoyed a tot of his own distillery’s whiskey on his birthday,” said spirits expert and author Gary Regan. “During the Revolutionary War victory celebrations at Fraunces Tavern in New York, he’s said to have raised his glass to the original 13 states.” While Washington was a man who appreciated good spirits, he always urged moderate and responsible consumption by his friends and countrymen. In keeping with that legacy, the Distilled Spirits Council and Jim Hewes offer several cocktail recipes befitting a president. On President’s Day, as always, the Council urges those adults who choose to drink to do so responsibly and in moderation. Recipes: Potomac Fever This potion is popular wherever politicos, in the spirit of bipartisanship, gather on the banks of the Potomac to chart the future of western civilization. 1 ¼ oz. Bourbon ¼ oz anisette dash of Angostura bitters fresh fruit(slice of orange/cherries) teaspoon of honey Place honey, fresh fruit, and anisette in a rocks glass. Soak with bitters and gently muddle with a spoon. Add ice and bourbon. Stir and serve. Texas Landslide L.B.J. liked nothing more than an election turnout where everything went into the ballot box to ensure a favorable turnout, otherwise known as the Texas landslide. 1/4 ounce each; Coffee Liqueur, Bourbon, Irish Cream, White Crème de’Menthe, Sambuca Pour each over ice in the order listed to layer contents. The Fireside This favorite of F.D.R. was personally prepared for his guests at the White House during what FDR said was “most important hour of the day…..the cocktail hour.” 1 ¼ oz. Dry Gin ¼ oz. of sweet and dry vermouth ½ oz. each of orange, lemon, lime and pineapple juice Combine ingredients over ice. Shake vigorously and serve straight up in chilled cocktail glasses. President Harrison’s Spiced Cider “Tippacanoe” surely could have used a dose of this elixir after his inaugural walk from the Capitol to the White House in the cold rain. 1 oz. Apple Brandy ½ oz. Orange Liqueur 6 oz. Hot Apple Cider; spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg Serve in cups garnished with clove studded orange peel. Presidential Cocktail Trivia Located just two blocks from The White House, The historic Willard Inter-Continental Hotel’s Round Robin Bar has served its share of cocktails to past presidents and political insiders. Jim Hewes, resident mixologist at the bar for more than twenty years, shares his insights on cocktail favorites for some of our former leaders. Gerald Ford: “Gin & Tonic, the perfect cocktail for the hot, D.C. summer.” Herbert Hoover: “Martinis, though he claimed they were never served during Prohibition.” Richard Nixon: “Rum and Coke was his beverage of choice aboard the Presidential Yacht.” Franklin D. Roosevelt: “After dinner he liked a scotch or brandy.” Harry Truman: “Bourbon whiskey, particularly if someone else was paying.”