An Excuse To Drink – August 17, 1998: The Meaning of “IS” day

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Way back in 1998 (seems like yesterday, doesn’t it?), during the grand jury hearings regarding  President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky, Clinton uttered this mind-boggling phrase:  “It depends on what your meaning of ‘is’ is.  If ‘is’ means ‘is and never has been’ that’s one thing – if it means ‘there is none,’ that was a completely true statement.”

Slick Willy was hardly a teetotaler and his name has been attached to everything from the UK favorite “Snakebite” (the cider one, not the tequila one) to passing out in the carpeted bed of his El Camino after too many Pina Coladas, so here are a few less than tasteful nods to this era:

Bill Clinton Zipper Dropper recipe

  • 1/3 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1/3 oz white creme de menthe
  • 1/3 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur

 Glass: Old-fashioned or rockts

Garnish: None

Build in glass over ice.

 Bill Clinton Politically Erect

  • ¾ oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • ¼ oz Sprite Soda

Glass: Old Fashioned or Rocks

Garnish: 2 Hazelnuts

Build in glass over ice. Garnish.


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