Whether he was your first choice or not, Donald J. Trump will be our next president. As Republicans around the country are celebrating, we here at Future Female Leaders thought we’d provide a few ideas to join in on the grand ole party. What better way to toast the new president than channel your inner Republican presidents? Check out some of these White House favorites from presidents past.
Start your day with a nice Lemonade Lucy. Lucy Ware Webb Hayes was the First Lady of our 19th President, Rutherford B. Hayes. They entertained at the White House often, but Lucy didn’t feel it was right to serve alcohol during the prohibition. As a result, she became famous for her lemonade service at White House parties. Check out our favorite recipe below, courtesy of The Local Palate.
6 heaping teaspoons of fresh rosemary, plus additional sprigs for garnish
12 cups of water, separated
2 – 3 cups of sugar, more or less to taste
1 ½ cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon of salt
1) Mix rosemary, 3 cups of water, and sugar in a saucepan and boil gently for 5 minutes.
2) Strain out rosemary and add the (now rosemary-infused) simple syrup mixture to 9 cups of water, lemon juice, and salt.
3) Mix well and serve ice cold.
4) Garnish with sliced lemon and rosemary sprigs. Enjoy!
*Insider tip: add ½ ounce of vodka to each serving and stir for a happy hour treat. Just don’t tell Lucy.*
Add some class to your afternoon with a Teddy’s Mint Julep. Teddy Roosevelt enjoyed his high-class drinks over tennis on the White House grounds. This is the perfect day-drinking or early-afternoon addition to your Inauguration Day Party. Pair this with a charcuterie board for a elegant afternoon of Republican celebration. Our choice for Mint Julep is below, courtesy of Food & Wine.
8 mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
2 ounces bourbon, preferably overproof
1) In a chilled julep cup or fizz glass, muddle the mint leaves and Simple Syrup.
2) Add the bourbon and crushed ice.
3) Set a swizzle stick or bar spoon in the cup and spin between your hands to mix.
4) Top with additional crushed ice and garnish with the mint sprigs.
If you aren’t necessarily looking to channel your inner-president, the next best bet is to overtly display your Republican pride. Using the favorite color of the conservative party, this Seeing Red drink is classy and delicious, courtesy of In Style and The LCL.
1 ½ oz. High West Double Rye
1 ½ oz. Organic Avenue Royal Red Juice
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1) Combine rye, juice, and simple syrup.
3) Pour in a glass and garnish with ginger candy.
Lastly, everyone’s favorite conservative president, Ronald Reagan, enjoyed an Orange Blossom Special. This is a simple and sweet drink to toast to the new conservative movement for the next four years. This also can be used as a punchline and ode to Donald Trump’s famous orange tan. Did President Reagan know something we did not? Liquor.com has an easy recipe, perfect for single servings.