Thursday, January 14, 2010

This day in travel history

On January 14, 1943, Franklin Roosevelt became the first president to travel on official business by airplane.  The trip from Florida to Casablanca took 4 days, with stops in the Caribbean, Brazil and Gambia.

After a successful meeting with Winston Churchill, as well as some sightseeing and visits to the troops, Roosevelt retraced the route back to the United States, celebrating his 61st birthday somewhere over Haiti.

Celebrate this day in travel history by... by...

I can't tell you to watch Casablanca!

I just can't!

Here.  FDR also repealed prohibition.  Have this:

FDR's martini recipe (yes, both olive and lemon...)
  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon olive brine
  • Lemon twist
  • Cocktail olive
Rub the lemon twist around the rim of a chilled cocktail glass and discard the peel. Combine gin, vermouth, and olive brine in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and shake well. Strain into chilled glass and garnish with olive.

And for a funny article about FDR's strange bartending skills, check out this article from Modern Drunkard Magazine.
The Bait, Lalo Schifrin
Lucky Like St. Sebastian, Momus
Lorke Lorke, Siluetler 

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