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Here's every president's favorite drink

A book released today called Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt, by Mark Will-Weber, offers a complete list of every American president's favorite drink (well, with the exception of a few teetotalers). Fortunately for those of us who don't have time to pore over the whole book today, Will-Weber has also published a summary list of each president's preferences at the New York Post. Some highlights:

John AdamsAdams loved alcohol, starting almost every morning with a hard cider. Then porter beer, rum, and copious amounts of Madeira.

James MonroeA small scandal occurred during Monroe's stint in the Executive Mansion when 1,200 bottles of Burgundy and Champagne from France were charged to an account that Congress had earmarked for furniture.

Franklin PiercePierce drank a lot of everything and died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 65. When Democrats failed to support him for re-election in 1856, he allegedly said: "What can an ex-president of the United States do except get drunk?"

Richard NixonNixon would drink expensive bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild (costing hundreds of dollars); at the same time, he instructed his staff to serve mediocre red wine to his guests — with towels wrapped around the bottle's label so they did not know what they were getting. Tricky Dick indeed!

Barack ObamaThe current president likes beer. The Executive Mansion also features White House Honey Ale (with honey from the White House hives) for special guests. [NY Post]

Drink up!