Great President's Day Cocktails

Honor leaders past with these classic sips.

Over the centuries, presidents from George Washington to F.D.R. have been associated with signature spirits and cocktails—Washington was a whiskey distiller before taking political office, and F.D. R. enjoyed serving White House visitors a dry gin concoction called "The Fireside." The following recipes honor presidents past and showcase spirits that were, and continue to be, favorites among both the emulated and the everyday.


Potomac Fever
(In the spirit of Washington)

Teaspoon of honey
Fresh fruit (a slice of orange or cherries works well)
¼ ounce anisette
Dash of Angostura bitters
1 ¼ ounces Bourbon

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
(In the spirit of Lyndon B. Johnson)

¼ ounce coffee liqueur
¼ ounce Bourbon
¼ Irish cream
¼ ounce white crème de'menthe
¼ ounce sambuca

Pour each over ice in the order listed to layer contents.


The Fireside
(a favorite cocktail of F.D.R.)

This favorite of F.D.R. was personally prepared for his guests at the White House during what FDR said was the "most important hour of the day...the cocktail hour."

1 ¼ oz. dry gin
¼ ounce each of sweet and dry vermouth
½ ounce 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


1 ounce apple brandy
½ ounce orange liqueur
6 ounces hot apple cider, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg

Serve in cups garnished with clove studded orange peel.


All recipes courtesy Distilled Spirits Council,



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