Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Old Hickory Cocktail Anyone?

So keeping to my unintentional theme this week of alcohol related posts, how about an Old Hickory Cocktail? In case you have forgotten your history lessons, President Andrew Jackson was nicknamed Old Hickory by troops during the War of 1812, because he was considered to be tough as a hickory tree.

Jackson was in New Orleans during the Battle of New Orleans (1814-1815). As legend has it, he liked a particular drink so much it was named after him. Thus the Old Hickory Cocktail.

Ingredients for an Old Hickory Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces dry vermouth
1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Garnish with a lemon twist

I think one of these would put me under the table! Wonder if his favorite drink contributed to his death.

My research indicates he suffered abdominal pains, a bad cough, and headaches as a result of a musket ball in his lung. He died from a combination of chronic tuberculosis, dropsy, and ultimately heart failure. He was 78. Guess none of these health problems were alcohol related.
When he died in 1845, he was buried on the grounds of his home, The Hermitage. This is Andrew Jackson's tomb—with a really great fence around it.

Linking to a new fence meme called Good Fences

34 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

that's a great fence link-up! thanks, dear betty!

Mitch and Molly said...

What a beautiful photo! Thank you for the history lesson, BJ!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i will take a drink after 5 o'clock - it is a bit early for me. ha. ha!! what a neat top ... Andrew Jackson is on the $20 dollar bill. neat-o!! i always liked him as a president. what a delicious day!! ( :

TexWisGirl said...

(thanks again!)

magnoliasntea said...

Beautiful fence! I've toured the Hermitage and loved it as I'm a huge history buff. (My only regret was his treatment of Native Americans....sad.) Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Gorgeous shot Betty! Seems as if Andrew lived fairly long despite his health issues. :)

Susan said...

Hi Betty, a lot I didn't know. Good fence too. Cheers now :D)

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Great fence and a history lesson, too! :-D

Visiting from Good Fences,
~Lindy

My fence

Karen said...

Not a cocktail I would enjoy! A lovely final resting place.

Sandra said...

most definitely is a good fence.

LV said...

Visited there once but do not remember the history.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Great white fence! Fences like that make properties so neat and tidy looking. Thanks for the info on Old Hickory too. Sounds like quite a strong drink!

Kate said...

A very neat and uniform fence! j Good looking.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Seems like his list of ailments didn't do him in- :)
Cool fence and tomb.

Pamela Gordon said...

That was really interesting. The fence around his tomb is very nice.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Betty What a lovely resting place surrounded by this lovely fence. Have a great weekend.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Amazing history of his burial grounds and the protective gazebo. Wow...that drink would literally kill me, I'm sure. I'm having the urge to cough with a burning throat just reading the recipe.

Georgette Sullins said...

Thank you for stopping by my site. Fun meme "Good Fences." Remember the song "In 1814 we took a little trip, along the mighty river down the mighty Mississip..."♪ "The Battle of New Orleans"

Janey and Co. said...

Love history...old houses and barns.
Have enjoyed my first meme! Thanks for the visit...janey

DeniseinVA said...

Now that was an interesting bit of history. Great fence photo and thanks for the cocktail recipe.

DeniseinVA said...

Now that was an interesting bit of history. Great fence photo and thanks for the cocktail recipe.

Janey and Co. said...

Me again, meant to tell you.More than likely the person behind that fence is a Texas oil man....not a celebrity,
Janey

Karen S. said...

Wow, this is a fabulous post.

Brian King said...

Beautiful scene!

Farm Girl said...

What an amazing fence!

Debbie said...

No alcohol for me!! I do love that fence and the gazebo, they go beautifully together!!

Hula La said...

Can't say I remember any of that in my presidential history lessons...
Great fence post! Ha, I mean, great post about fences! Aloha

Alica said...

Great history lesson along with the fence post! :) Visiting from Good Fences...

forgetmenot said...

Thanks for the history lesson--it has been a LONG time since I have been to The Hermitage. He has a nice "resting place". Mickie :)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Some great history lessons here - very interesting! I think that drink would put me under the table. Nice fence beside the memorial. - Karen

Rebecca said...

I don't think I ever had vermouth.

4RRanch said...

Thanks for the history lesson and nice fence.

Gail Dixon said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the history behind Andrew Jackson and his favorite drink. Interesting! Beautiful shot of the gazebo and fence. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful scene. Interesting facts about Old HIckory.