Learn to make historic cocktails enjoyed by George Washington and his contemporaries as well as explore his favorite beer and wine selections.

Alcohol and drinking were common features of everyday life for ordinary Americans in the eighteenth century. General Washington was not against enjoying a drink himself, serving libations to his frequent guests, or even supplying alcohol for political purposes.


A fortified wine produced on the Portuguese island of Madeira in the eastern Atlantic, in the eighteenth century madeira was common in Britain and particularly popular in the American colonies. George Washington had an affinity for this particular type of wine.

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