Happy Presidents Day! We love a good three-day weekend just as much as the next American drinker, and what better way to celebrate the upcoming “Monday-less” work week than with a cocktail? To toast the men who’ve led and helped develop our great country we’ve compiled a few fitting cocktail recipes for you to sip on today. And remember if you’re going to take advantage of the car dealership and mattress sales today, prepare these cocktails after you’ve gone out to do all your shopping.
For George Washington, The Cherry-tree Anecdote
• 4 dark sweet cherries, pits and stems removed
• 1/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
• 1/4 oz orgeat (B.G. Reynold’s)
• 2 oz bourbon (Bulleit or other high-rye bourbon)
Directions: Muddle the cherries in a shaker. Add the lime juice, orgeat and bourbon and shake with ice. Double strain (you don’t want any fruit bits in your drink) into rocks glass over ice. Slap a mint sprig and put it in the glass as garnish. Recipe via bourbonbanter.com.
• 1 Splash Bourbon
• 1 Splash Light Rum
• 1 Part Lemon Juice
• 1 Part Orange Juice
• 1 Splash Benedictine DOM
• 1 Splash Simple Syrup
Directions: Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Recipe via absolutdrinks.com.
The Barack Obama Cocktail
• 1 ½ oz Malibu® Cocoanut Rum
• ¾ oz DeKuyper® Crème de Cacao
• ¾ oz Kahlua®
• ½ oz Cream
• Chocolate rimming sugar or sweetened cocoa
• Whipped cream (optional)
• McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
Directions: Combine ingredients with ice in cocktail shaker. Shake enthusiastically and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with chocolate rimming sugar or sweetened cocoa. Top with a dollop of whipped cream (optional, but better presentation – and it tastes good!) and sprinkle with a little ground nutmeg. Recipe via utahmixologist.com.
We’re not the type of people who need a reason to drink. If we’re breathing that’s reason enough. But for those of you who need more, here you go:
- Valentine’s Day: Whether you’re celebrating singledom or have a significant other, February 14 should involve a drink.
- Presidents’ Day: Happy Birthday George and thanks for the long weekend. Celebrate with a drink.
- Bob Costas: How does Mr. Costas handle a mean eye infection? Like a true legend: downing a shot of vodka and taking the night off. We’ll drink to you Bob.
- NBA All-Star Weekend: All the biggest ballers of the NBA will be out to showcase their skills. Enjoy all the dunks Sunday night with a beer in hand.
- Snowpocalypse: The South is in ruins, NYC got hit hard and New England has another 10 inches. We’re throwing them back to avoid the weather.
President’s Day is one of the best holidays because it’s the one that we usually forget about until it’s right on top of us. It’s like a super surprise holiday and random day off work we never knew we had. Thank you, Mr. President(s).
In celebration of one of the most underrated holidays, we wanted to tell you about The Willard InterContinental Washington’s Round Robin Bar. The D.C. watering hole has a drink menu that honors every single President of the United States – in case you didn’t get the memo, Barack Obama is the 44th. Bartender Jim Hewes has been at the Round Robin since 1986 and used his history buff skills to create this impressive menu.
Every drink is on there for a reason – it was either a president’s favorite, was somehow connected to the leader through an historic event, or, if he couldn’t find an alcoholic connection, it’s a drink that fits within the era the man was president. There are even some non-alcoholic drinks on the menu for the presidents that didn’t really like to get down with the liquor (Calvin Coolidge is cranberry and soda, while George W. Bush is a diet cola with a slice of lemon).
Here are some of our favorites on the menu (make them at home today to celebrate the holiday!):
- Rutherford B. Hayes: Orange Blossum: Hayes’ wife refused to serve alcohol at the White House, so the pressmen spiked the oranges with gin at his inauguration.
- James A. Garfield: Dewars Scotch: Andrew Carnegie sent a case of this as a gift for Garfield’s inauguration
- Ulysses S. Grant: Roman Punch: This fruit and champagne punch actually froze solid in the bowl because it was so cold in Washington D.C.
And what has Hewes decided for our current president? Barack Obama’s drink is the Blue Hawaiian; it combines the president’s love of aged tequila and the cool blue waters of the Pacific (Curacao).
We’re not the type of people who need a reason to drink. If we’re breathing that’s reason enough. But for those who need more, here you go:
- Presidents Day: Happy Birthday, George. Cheers to America, our first President, and no work on Monday.
- Russian Meteor: A fireball hurtling into Russia? The footage alone is enough to make us drink.
- NBA All Star: The basketball crazed weekend starts today. Just another reason to crack a beer and watch sports.
- Hulu: The online TV site is offering free streaming of Criterion’s movies all weekend long. What goes perfect with a movie? A drink of course.
- Die Hard 5: The famous series has returned to the box office. We can’t resist a classic overdone Bruce Willis flick – as long as we’re guaranteed some massive explosions.