3 oz. James E. Pepper 1776 Rye
1 oz. Dolin Rouge Vermouth
2 dashes Kirschwasser
1 dash St. George Absinthe
Stir everything with ice and strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass.
Happy President's Day for you all you here in the States. For all of you outside of the States, I hope our current political situation is providing you with some terrifying entertainment. This President's Day will be much happier with a few of our 25th president, William McKinley's favorite drinks. They are very, very strong drinks back from a time where our leaders weren't... who am I kidding, politicians have always been asshats and politics has always been a shitshow. Drink plenty, seek truth and bite deeply.
At first I figured on using and old, old name in Rye with a few measures of Old Overholt, but the recipe I found specifically called for 100 proof Rye, so I went with the ever more patriotic 1776 Rye from James E. Pepper. The recipe also called for Cherry Brandy in which I used Kirsch and, lastly, I figured I'd use a good ole 'Murican Absinthe for this patriotic day. I guessed a bit at the process and glass style for making this quite robust cocktail but it seemed to make sense.
fun article from the New York Post that I got this recipe from which relates the favorite drinks of all of our previous presidents from George Washington who, himself, owned a whiskey distillery (though he was known for enjoying a Port laced with Molasses more than Whiskey) to our most recent ex President Obama who had his own brewer with their own White House Honey Ale with honey from their own White House hives. It seems that very few presidents completely abstained from drinking, even Warren G. Harding sneaked a dram of whiskey while he was out golfing as president during prohibition.
Donald Trump. I don't trust a person who doesn't drink unless he's a recovering quitter.