Drink History: President’s Day


Soldiers on both sides of the American Revolution were given rum rations to keep them alert and fearless, and almost a decade before¬†the infamous Boston Tea Party was The Sugar Act of 1764- which inhibited New England’s production of rum and sparked the flames of the revolution. The celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence included¬†“50 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of Claret (British nickname for Bordeaux wines), and 22 bottles of Port”.

Alcohol is a big part of American history, and today on George Washington’s birthday- President’s Day- let’s examine the drinking habits of some of our nation’s Presidents.

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Brandy Alexander Cocktail


It’s Brandy Alexander Day, and if you’ve never tried one, today is the day. This creamy cocktail came into existence in the early 20th century and enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1970’s, but it’s origins are up for debate. What is known is that the Brandy Alexander is a variation of the gin-based “Alexander”, updated with Cognac.

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