In honor of President’s Day this year, we have put together a list of some of our most notable Presidents and what they preferred to sip on in times of leisure and celebration.
- According to Will-Weber, Washington sold whiskey (made near Mount Vernon), but he probably rarely, if ever, drank it.” Rather than the hard stuff, the first president of the United States loved dark porter beer, which he would lace with molasses.
- According to Monticello.org, Thomas Jefferson said in 1818 that “in nothing have the habits of the palate more decisive influence than in our relish of wines.” The site also states that Jefferson developed a taste for fine wines in his younger years when visiting vineyards in Burgundy and Bordeaux (France). Of course, Jefferson’s love of expensive wines (and large purchases of said wines) brought him “to the brink of financial ruin,” according to Will-Weber. Always drink in moderation, folks.
- Abraham Lincoln was pegged the driest by Will-Weber. If “Honest Abe” did drink, he did so very rarely.
- Teddy Roosevelt, the man for which Will-Weber’s book is named, loved Mint Juleps. He even “used them to entice his cabinet to come play tennis with him at the White House.” Roosevelt used mint from the White House garden to make the drink, which also comes with a recipe:
- 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves muddled with a splash of water and a sugar cube
- 2 or 3 oz. of rye whiskey
- 1/4 oz. of brandy
- A sprig or two of fresh mint to garnish
George W Bush
- George W. Bush (AKA “Dubya”) hung up his drinking pants before he made it to office. Instead of booze, Bush preferred to drink soda and other non-alcoholic beverages as president.
- There are plenty of pictures of President Obama indulging in a cold beer — even one that evolved into a famous meme. While Obama was in office, the abode on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue even featured a “White House Honey Ale” for special guests. The beer is brewed using honey from the White House hives, according to Will-Weber.
Now you know what are the US Presidents’ Favorite Drinks. Find your nearest liquor store and choose your favorite drinks.