Whether you’re celebrating the inauguration of America’s new president, mourning the outgoing administration, or simply looking for something historical to drink, we have a few suggestions. Here are some cocktails preferred by Presidents past — or created in their honor. (With a nod to information provided by the New York Post.) By the way: In interviews, Donald Trump says he doesn’t drink.
Harry S. Truman
2 parts Bacardi 8 Anos rum
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 splash water
1-2 tsp sugar
1 orange peel
In an old fashioned glass, combine the sugar, water, and Angostura bitters with a bar spoon. Add half the rum along with 2-3 ice cubes, stirring repeatedly. Pour in the second half of the rum and 2-3 more ice cubes, continuing to stir. Cut a piece of orange peel; express the orange peel over the drink to release the citrus oils. Drop the peel into the drink to finish and serve.
McKinley’s Delight (This was popular during his election campaign)
3 oz. rye whiskey (shoot for at least 100 proof)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes cherry brandy
1 dash absinthe (Pernod may be substituted)
Combine all ingredients over ice in a pint glass and stir thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. No garnish is needed.
10 to 12 fresh mint leaves (the President used fresh mint from the White House garden)
a splash water
1 sugar cube
2 or 3 oz. rye whiskey
¼ oz. brandy
In a highball glass, gently muddle the mint, sugar, and water. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add whiskey, and stir well until the glass is well frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.
The Coolidge Cooler (Created by Vermont Spirits for his birthday)
1.5 oz. Vermont White vodka
½ oz. American whiskey
2 oz. orange juice
In a collins glass, add ice and all other ingredients except the club soda. Top with club soda. Stir and enjoy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Bermuda Rum Swizzle
2 oz. dark rum
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. orange juice
1 generous dash of Falernum or bitters
It is recommended that this cocktail be stirred with an actual drink stirrer. Pour into a double old-fashioned glass filled with ice; stir and serve.
Vodka Orange Blossom Special
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 oz. fresh orange juice
Stir together in a barroom glass filled with ice. Use soda instead of vermouth for a lighter, fizzier cocktail.
8 oz. hard cider
8 oz. lager beer
¼ oz. creme de cassis
Mix in a standard pint glass with no ice and serve.
We also offer a cocktail for a small gathering of friends and a punch for a party, whichever your plans are.
1 oz. Banks 5 Island rum
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey-sweetened tea
3/4 oz. mango puree (or juice)
3/4 oz. chilled water
Combine and chill all ingredients. When ready to serve, add to a punch bowl filled with one large ice block, 1 split vanilla bean, along with lemon and lime wheels. Serve in punch cups filled with ice and a grapefruit twist garnish.
Photos courtesy Bacardi, Banks.