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Bottoms up to a new batch of historical cocktail gift books

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There’s a fresh batch of books out about the literary and historical connections of our favorite alcoholic beverages—just in time for Christmas gifts for the sophisticated drinker in your life. Cheers to the Chief For a whole new tour through the American presidents, try Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt by Mark Will-Weber. In 43 chronological chapters, Will-Weber offers what he calls “an entertaining and accurate portrait of presidents imbibing.” The Pilgrims brought beer to the New World with them, and at Jamestown rum and hard cider abounded. After all, in those days alcohol was often safer to drink than water. Some of the anecdotes here may be familiar, such as the Hayes office banning alcohol—his wife was nicknamed “Lemonade Lucy”—and…

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