An Excuse To Drink – July 11, 1804: The Burr-Hamilton Duel

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Today, in 1804, the famous pistol duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton occurred. The vice-president and the former Secretary of the Treasury squared off in the early morning hours at a popular New Jersey dueling ground known as the Heights of Weehawken and ended with Burr shooting Hamilton in the abdomen. Hamilton died the next day at two o’clock in the afternoon.

For a more inventive account, check out this classic episode of “Drunk History”:


recipe adapted from

  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. applejack
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Several dashes grenadine
  • Several dashes peppermint schnapps

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish:Ā  none

Mix all ingredients with cracked ice in a shaker or blender. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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