Monsier Le President inspired by Abraham Lincoln
To celebrate an iconic American with a love of apples, here's a long, tall cocktail mixing Grey Goose with two American favorites: apple and cinnamon. Cheers to you Ab!
1½ parts Grey Goose vodka
½ part Applejack
½ part Freshly squeezed lime juice
½ part Cinnamon syrup
3 parts Cloudy apple juice
Build in a highball filled with cubed ice. Garnish with a long, elegant cinnamon stick.
Charleston Light Dragoon’s Punch inspired by Gerald R. Ford
This recipe comes from a cookbook curated by President Ford himself, the Republican Congressional Cookbook, which you can purchase for around 29 cents today.
4 cups sugar
4 quarts brandy
Juice of 24 squeezed lemons
1 quart Jamaican rum
4 quarts black tea
½ pint peach brandy
Peel of 6 lemons for garnish
Mix all the ingredients except the sparkling water in the order given. Top with the sparkling water before serving. Cut the lemon peel into thin slices or curls for serving. Serves 80.
Cherry Bounce inspired by George Washington
Notes in the diary of Martha Washington referenced a recipe for making a large batch of Cherry Bounce, George's favorite, using 20 pounds of cherries, cognac, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and crushed cherry stones (no wonder he wore wooden teeth).
½ quart Bourbon
1 quart Tart/Pie Cherries (pitted if wanting to use the cherries too)
1 ½ cups Sugar
Jar with lid
Place cherries and sugar in the jar and mix.
White-Wine Spritzer inspired by Thomas Jefferson
During Jefferson’s retirement at Monticello, one of his granddaughters recalled a picnic in which he oddly mixed wine with sparkling water. This was the day the wine spritzer was born.
White wine (Sauvignon blanc or Gewürztraminer recommended)
Store the dried, chopped strawberries in the freezer ahead of time to use as ice cubes. Muddle the fresh berries in a bowl with a fork until the consistency is all pulp and juice. Fill a glass halfway with wine, then top with the strawberry pulp, a splash of soda water, and berry ice cubes.