Every election cycle in the United States, we talk about the most likeable Presidential candidate as the one “we’d like to have a beer with.” But what do presidents actually like to drink?
The Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., aims to answer this question. Bartender Jim Hewes has concocted a list of the favorite drinks of all 44 presidents–including the non-alcoholic potables consumed by the teetotaling leaders of the free world–and is serving them this weekend during the run-up to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Here are some of the more interesting ones:
George Washington enjoyed the fortified wine from the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Franklin Pierce picked up a taste for Oachatel while campaigning in Mexico. Now known as pulque, oachatel is a milky drink made from fermenting the sap of agave plants.
Although Honest Abe apparently had a liking for corn whiskey as a young man, he favored apple cider as President.
One of the most infamous Presidential imbibers, Ulysses S. Grant had Roman Punch–champagne, rum, and fruit–at his inauguration, which apparently froze in the cold of March. (Grant also enjoyed going to the Willard’s lobby to enjoy a cigar and brandy).
F.D.R. drank a Plymouth Gin Martini, while the Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower developed a fondness for Johnnie Walker Black Label on the rocks during his time in Europe, and J.F.K. drank Beefeater Martinis (dirty) in Camelot.