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How to Make a Presidential Cocktail

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2016 Presidential campaigns are in full swing. Whether you're watching the polls each night, discussing politics with friends or following the news, it's never a bad idea to make yourself a frosty cocktail inspired by some of America's greatest leaders. Try one of these great president cocktails for 2016. 

Hardly Just Apple Cider
Hard cider is becoming an increasingly popular option for Americans, but it actually was much more popular hundreds of years ago. In fact, hard cider was an important part of the lives of some of our earliest presidents.

Washington and Jefferson both made liquor on their farms.Washington and Jefferson both made liquor on their farms.

Washington is said to have served more than 100 gallons of hard cider to supporters when he ran as a representative in Virginia before become becoming the first president. The second U.S. president John Adams drank hard cider every morning to start the day. And Thomas Jefferson, our third president, even grew apples for cider on his famed Monticello estate.

Less well-known president William Henry Harrison ran his campaign using hard cider as a symbol later in the 1800s.

Whichever president you're looking to celebrate this February, why not try your hand at a hard cider-based frozen cocktail while you play a presidential trivia game?

Start by combining these ingredients in your Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker® blender jar:

  • 6 ounces hard cider
  • 1 1/2 ounces dark rum
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 splash lemon juice.

Make sure your Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker® is properly filled with ice and just hit the switch to mix your beverage. It'll be delicious and the founding fathers will be jealous.

"Celebrate the man who put down the Whiskey Rebellion by imbibing on a little rye yourself."

Rebellious Whiskey Sour
George Washington wasn't just partial to hard cider, he actually had a distillery built on his property. This small distillery allowed Washington to make whiskey, brandy and even vinegar.

Whiskey was actually one of the most popular types of liquor for presidents to enjoy throughout the 19th and 20th century. It was a hugely popular spirit through the U.S. too.

Celebrate the man who put down the Whiskey Rebellion by imbibing a little rye yourself. Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Cherries
  • Ice
  • Your Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker®.

Fill your Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker's® ice compartment first then pour the liqueur, juice and sugar into the blender jar. Shave the ice and blend your drink into a perfect concoction. Top with a cherry and lemon wedge. Serve in an old fashioned glass.

Frozen Roosevelt Mint Julep
One of America's most adventurous presidents liked to enjoy mint juleps when he got a chance. Despite his New York roots, the quotable 26th president was happy to serve this Southern cocktail to guests.

Try your hand at a frozen version of this strong drink. Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 1/2 ounces of rye whiskey
  • 1 1/2 ounces brandy
  • Mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Ice
  • Your margarita maker.

Start with an empty glass. Muddle about 10 leaves into the bottom of the glass. Combine the whiskey, brandy, sugar and ice with your Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker®. Pour the blended drink into your minty glass, serve with a straw and garnish with more mint. Feel free to add a splash of soda water at the end if you want to.

Enjoy a frozen mint julep.Enjoy a frozen mint julep.

Inauguration Cocktail
With so many functions, balls and important dinners, champagne follows the president around. Make yourself a delicious champagne cocktail this year. It's the perfect thing to make the official toast at your party. Gather these ingredients:

  • 6 ounces champagne (or other bubbly wine)
  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • Ice.

Use your Frozen Concoction Maker® to blend these light ingredients into a frozen drink that you can celebrate with. Serve in a flute with a lemon wedge garnish.

Four Score and Zero Beers Ago
One of our most celebrated presidents was Abraham Lincoln. However this revered president also famously didn't drink. For Lincoln and several of the other presidents who didn't drink or rarely drank, you can whip up a tasty mocktail.

Check out our website for mocktail and cocktail ideas! And remember to drink responsibly and follow all drinking laws.