It takes a stiff drink to lead the free world and our presidents were up for the challenge

Your tax dollars are going to buy booze for the government. The Washington Times said it was about $1.3 million in 2013. Now before you get your hackles up, you should also know that the government takes in about $10 billion a year from alcohol taxes. All in all, it’s a pretty good ROI.

Some of that spending finds its way into the White House. You can’t host a state dinner without some wine. But what about inside the Oval Office? How much money is spent on the presidential palate?

Damned if I know. I couldn’t find any break-out on that, but I did come across some interesting stuff on presidents and alcohol. More specifically, the favorite drink of all U.S. presidents, and you’ll hear from the Master Distiller at Mount Vernon who will tell you how George Washington made his whiskey.

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