4 Presidential Whiskey Drinks

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Let’s face it, some of our former presidents were drunks.

Martin Van Buren’s nickname was “Blue Van Whiskey.”

John Adams loved alcohol, and Thomas Jefferson was almost driven to bankruptcy by his love of wine.

So, in honor of President’s Day let’s take a look at a few of our leading men’s signature drinks.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt drank more than any other president in the Oval Office, by default, having spent 12 years there. He would’ve consumed more if he hadn’t died at the beginning of his fourth term.

The Squire of Hyde Park’s drink of choice came from his home state and is as historical as he is.

2 GINGERS Manhattan 

  • 4 parts 2 GINGERS® Whiskey
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 1 part orange liqueur

Method: Combine in mixing glass, add ice, and stir. Strain into a V-shaped glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

The similarities with this next combination are uncanny. Harry Truman himself was so old-fashioned that one of his aides bet him $20 that he could get him to say more than two words. Truman won the bet by saying “You lose.”

No doubt his only critique for this would be, “It’s Good.”

New Fashioned Old Fashioned

  • 1.5 parts 2 GINGERS® Whiskey
  • splash Orange juice
  • splash Orange liqueur
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Soda water

Method: Combine ingredients in a low-ball or rocks glass and stir. Add ice and top with soda water to taste. Garnish with a cherry and orange peel.

Who would have guessed that John F. Kennedy would have gone for a tall redhead, I was think he would lean more towards a blonde bombshell.

But, there’s no denying that the Irishman had a few favorites, drinks that is, and the Bloody Mary was at the top of his list.

Red-Headed Bloody Mary

  • 2 parts 2 GINGERS® Whiskey
  • 4 parts tomato juice
  • 1 part lemon juice (to taste)
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 dashes black pepper
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • splash of Irish Stout

Method: Combine ingredients in tall glass and stir, pour into second glass full of ice, and garnish with celery stalk and lemon wedge.

Although many presidents probably enjoyed a variety of different libations there will always be one classic and it is my personal favorite.

If I ever become POTUS, you can bet this is what some youngster in the best internship in the world will write as my signature cocktail.


  • 2 parts 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey
  • Ginger Ale
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Lime Wedge

Method: Slice lemons and limes and garnish collins glasses. Fill pint glasses with ice and add 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey and ginger ale for a refreshing BIG GINGER® in less than 30 seconds

Our president now seems to be a beer lover, judging by the pregame show on NBC. Not to mention, he has been brewing beer at the White House now for several years.

Wonder if he shared any of these craft beers with the First Lady on Valentine’s Day?

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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