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The FDR Martini

Updated: Dec 31, 2022

My friend and local author Kathryn Smith who has written many historical and biographic books about the early twentieth century and the FDR administration has also just written a book called Baptist and Bootleggers: a Prohibition Exhibition Through the South with Cocktail Recipes.

This recipe came from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Children’s Hour” which was his daily cocktail hour with invited guests, immediate staff and many times his children. FDR used this time to relax, and so can you. Watch our video and have some fun with us!


Lemon to Wet the Rim

1 oz Gin

1/2 oz Vermouth

Dash of Olive Brine


Wet the rim with a quarter of a lemon.

Add ingredients to a metal cocktail shaker and shake side-to-side until a nice frost forms on the shaker. Then shake 10 seconds more and pour into a chilled martini glass.


Find out more about Kathryn Smith’s book at



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