Bookstores recently got a new guide to executive boozing in the form of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking. We decided to check out Mark Will-Weber's book ourselves for some of the headiest, most interesting tales of commander-in-chief cocktail parties, and we were not disappointed. These eight stories were our favorites, but if you're dying to hear the dirt on all 43 presidents (Millard Fillmore's temperance pledge is a doozy), make sure to get a copy yourself. In the meantime, here's all the presidential bathtub gin that's fit to print:
Monroe was into a a truly lethal punch
While he was visiting Savannah in 1819, James Monroe apparently tried Chatham Artillery Punch, which he described at the time as "suave and deceitful". If by "deceitful", he meant "secretly housing enough liquor to knock out an ogre", well, he was right. The recipe calls for 1.5 gallons of scuppernong wine, a 1/2 gallon of rum, 1.5 quarts of rye whiskey, 1 quart of brandy, 1 quart of gin, a 1/2 pint of Bénédictine liqueur, and a case of Champagne. (Plus some tea and fruit.) Clearly, that Chatham Artillery knew how to party.