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Friday, July 17 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Cheers to the Chief

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It might not be politically correct, but liquor is as much a part of politics as kissing babies. The earliest written reference using the word “cocktail” was found in an 1806 editorial criticizing a candidate’s spending on alcohol during his election campaign—which he lost. For presidents, a cocktail can be an icebreaker with other world leaders, or just a way to ease the pressure of power from time to time. Presidential imbibing is not normally the subject of political inquiry, but some of the drinking at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been documented—and tonight you can taste a few of its former residents’ favorites.

FDR’s “famous” Martinis were actually famous for being terrible. Nixon frequented Trader Vic’s in the Statler Hilton for a Navy Grog when he needed an escape. Harry Truman and his wife Bess loved their bourbon Old Fashioneds. In fact, Harry was enjoying a bit of bourbon in House Speaker Sam Rayburn’s office in April 1945 when he learned he had become president on FDR’s death.

John F. Kennedy had a weakness for Daiquiris, and was savoring one while watching returns on Election Day 1960. And the story goes that the Manhattan cocktail was created in honor of New York Governor Samuel Tilden’s presidential campaign in the mid-1870s, by none other than Winston Churchill’s future mother. And on the local front, the Louisiana Kingfish himself, Huey Long, so adored the Ramos Gin Fizz that he flew the Roosevelt Hotel's bartender, Sam Guarino, all the way to New York City to teach the Big Apple's bartenders how to properly make the drink, exactly 80 years ago this month (July, 1935)!

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Philip Greene

Consultant/Brand Ambassador, Papa's Pilar Rum, Hemingway Rum Co.
Philip Greene is an attorney, writer and cocktail historian.  He is Trademark and Internet Counsel to the U.S. Marine Corps, based at the Pentagon.  He is also one of the founders of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.  He has presented at conferences, festivals... Read More →

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Mark Will-Weber

Mark Will-Weber is a writer with an interest in alcohol and history and the various results that occur when those two forces happen to collide. With the release of "Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking" (Regnery Publishing) in October of... Read More →

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Citadelle Gin

Alexandre Gabriel, president of Maison Ferrand, guided by his interminable quest to create fine spirits, set out in 1997 to create one the world’s finest Gins – and he truly means to give Gin a capital G. At the time, gin had largely become an industrial, mass-produced trendy... Read More →
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Papa's Pilar Rum

Papa’s Pilar Rum is an award-winning premium sipping rum, crafted with the Hemingway family and inspired by Papa’s spirit for adventure. Sourced from hand-selected rums spanning the Caribbean, U.S. & Central America, our artisan-crafted spirit is solera aged and blended in American... Read More →
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Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

Those who say beauty is in the eye of the beholder can appreciate the story of the Curaçao orange. Too bitter to eat, with a dimpled, wrinkled exterior that would never win a beauty contest, these homely pieces of citrus become absolute magic when used to create Curaçao liquor... Read More →

Friday July 17, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
La Nouvelle Orleans West at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130