Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States and one of the few politicians who strove to keep his campaigned agenda. A true social liberal, FDR worked to ensure a tight social safety net and a return to letting people do what they damned well pleased in their own homes as long as it caused no harm.
FDR was such an ally for intoxication that after his election, he hastily signed the Cullen-Harris Act which authorized the sale of wine and beer up to 3.2% alcohol by weight/ 4% alcohol by volume. He famously declared “I think this would be a good time for a beer,” upon its passage. The 21st amendment was ratified shortly after, but FDR had the foresight to ensure Americans had some legal imbibing options in the interim. A true American hero.
FDR did a bunch of other cool shit too, like the New Deal and leading conservation efforts to maintain our country’s wilderness, but today we remember him for his efforts to ensure we could all put back a cold one after a rough day at work.
FDR reportedly liked to mix up the ingredients in his cocktails so we’re going to make this Old Fashioned a bit more modern and globally sourced. We’re rocking 2 shots of bourbon in this recipe because FDR liked his drinks stiff. His concoctions had mixed reviews and that’s one area where we hope not to honor him. Our Fixed Old Fashioned is refreshing and uses no processed sugar.
Fixed Old Fashioned
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 blood orange, juiced
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 10 oz orange seltzer water
- Roll the citrus fruits on a flat surface to make them more tender.
- Juice the orange and the lemon and add it to a shaker with bourbon and ice. Shake, shake, shake!
- Pour all contents into a cocktail glass. Add more ice.
- Top off the cocktail with seltzer water.