It’s no secret that George Washington was a fan of alcohol, with his favorites being sweet fortified wines like Madeira and Port. He also drank rum punch, porter, and whiskey.
It’s not known if he drank whiskey, but after his death in 1799, plain whiskey, cinnamon whiskey, apple, peach and persimmon brandy, and rectified apple brandy were all found in his cellar. One also can not overlook the fact that Washington himself had a distillery consisting of five still operating at his Mount Vernon home, which has been resurrected and it operates today much as it did back then and is powered purely by backbreaking manual labor and wood fires.
Basil Hayden’s teamed up with acclaimed Chicago bartender Charles Joly of the Aviary and asked him to create a cocktail in honor of our first very president. The cocktail combines cherries, Washington’s favorite fruit, with Basil Hayden’s, a whiskey whose namesake is Basil Hayden Sr., who started distilling in 1796 when George Washington was in office.
Basil Hayden’s Presidential Cherry Spice
Recipe by Charles Joly – Chicago, IL
2 Parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3⁄4 parts Heering® Cherry Liqueur
1 dash Fee Brothers® Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
2 parts Milk Stout Beer
1. Combine Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, cherry liqueur and bitters in a mixing glass.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Roll in the milk stout beer.
4. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice.
5. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and cherry on top