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Cheers: How to drink like a true head of state this President's Day Weekend

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This Monday, Feb. 20, is President’s Day and while many Americans may just be excited for the day off, some restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate the holiday with clever drinks and themed foods.

Whether you want to go on a POTUS-themed pubcrawl or want to create a cool cocktail at home, here are a few themed menus and events to help you get into a presidential groove this weekend.

Presidential Cocktails in Boston

Boston's Lion’s Tail bar has come up with a series of concoctions themed after former U.S. presidents. Available Feb. 20 through the end of the week, these four drinks will put some pep in your step.

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The John F. Kennedy mixes Privateer silver rum, luxardo maraschino, fresh lime and grape juice. There’s also a Mint Julep (with Bulleit Bourbon, sugar and mint) for Teddy Roosevelt; a Porter & Rye for founding father George Washington; a Bermuda Rum Swizzle for Franklin Roosevelt (which mixes both light and dark rums) and a clasic Old-Fashioned for Harry Truman.

The latter drink incorporates 100 proof Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon, demerara sugar, orange and angostura bitters.

Presidential Pubcrawl in Peeksill

On Feb. 18, Peeksill, N.Y. is holding a "Drinkin’ with Lincoln" pub crawl. 

According to lohud, events will include a wreath laying ceremony furnished with an honor guard of Civil War-era re-enactors, a re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s speech to the citizens of Peekskill and, of course, the pub crawl itself which features discounted drink and lunch specials.

Live like Lincoln

Foodies can also celebrate “Honest Abe” without the booze. In Pennsylvania, Mercer Museum guests can enjoy a special tour this weekend– and get a taste of Lincoln’s life.

On President's Day, visitors can join food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted as she gives an overview of the foods eaten by Lincoln, his friends and family. Then, partake in a culinary tour in the museum’s log’s house-- an homage to Lincoln's humble childhood home.

But don’t expect any modern American favorites food.

Lincoln reportedly grew up eating items like pigeon, bear and deer.

Plaisted will prepare and discuss some of the ingredients during the special event, which is included with the museum admission cost.

Pizzeria Paradiso’s Barleywine Festival in the nation's capital

Pizzeria Paradiso is one of Washington's most popular pizzerias.

So, why not celebrate President’s Day with pizza and beer in the nation’s capital?

The restaurant will be holding its bi-annual Barleywine Festival starting at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 20.

With locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Alexandria, the restaurant will serve five separate barleywines tapped at each location.

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Or, guests can imbibe a “Presidential Flight” of all five.

Selections will include Flying Dog, JW Lee’s, a 2013 Bell’s Wheat Love and a 2015 Uinta Anniversary Barleywine. 

Eat (and drink) like POTUS at home

For the patriot who just wants to stay in this weekend, there are plenty of ways to get into the presidential spirit in your very own kitchen.

According to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, fans of the first U.S. president can celebrate his birthday by baking a Great Cake-- a dessert popular in Washington’s time.

Can't get enough of that classic cherry flavor? Washington reportedly preferred cherry bounce, a brandy-based drink that can be made at home-- but is more easily found at your local liquor store.