Inauguration Libations: Where Presidents Might Find Their Drinks In San Diego

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With all the pomp and circumstance that will certainly surround Monday’s 57th Inauguration Ceremony in Washington D.C., it got us thinking…about the Commander in Chief’s libation of choice. Just because you may not be participating in the pageantry proceeding down 15 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House this Monday, doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of history. We suggest trying out statesman staples from past U.S. presidents:

Celebrations call for champagne and sources report that although President Barack Obama is a self-described “beer guy,” he serves Domaine Chandon’s Sparkling Wine at state dinners. Dust your shoulders off California; the Chandon vineyards are located in three of California’s finest appellations: Yountville, Carneros and Mount Veeder. Our cool and calm president would most likely prefer to relax with one of the house-made microbrews from Pacific Beach Alehouse.

david cameron barack obama beer toronto G20 While snakebites might have been the least of Monica’s concerns, former President Bill Clinton enjoyed a “snakebite” at the bar. Never heard of it? A snakebite, also called a “shandy” is half cider, half lager and the bartenders at barleymash are happy to whip one out for you to celebrate the inauguration.

Let’s not forget the man responsible for our alcohol-induced liberties, FDR. President Franklin D. Roosevelt repealed prohibition with an old fashioned in his hand. If he had a time machine, he’d skip D.C. in favor of SD and visit Uptown Tavern for their Woodford Reserve Maple Infused Old Fashioned.

Martinis, shaken not stirred, were former President Herbet Hoover’s favorite and they are deliciously dirty at Ginger’s in the Gaslamp.

President Thomas Jefferson, touted as the first wine expert in the oval office, would have loved Toscana Café and Wine Bar at the corner of 5th and K Streets. It boasts one of the largest selections of wines in the Gaslamp District.

Old “Give ‘Em Hell Harry” Truman believed in two things, good bourbon and atomic bombs. Toast to President Harry Truman, a bourbon imbiber, at West Coast Tavern with more than 30 different varieties of bourbon behind the bar.

Patriotism regardless of party is essential and this Monday, in honor of the 57th Presidential Inauguration, represent the red, white and blue locally. We suggest a diet cola with a slice of lemon for those non-imbibers. We hear Dubya, aka President George W. Bush, loved it.

*Photo credits: Wikimedia Commons

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