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Wine has played a big part in presidential history: drink like the presidents do
It should not seem to be such a huge coincidence that National Drink Wine Day falls this year during the three-day weekend President's Day Weekend — because as history would have it, our presidents really knew how to enjoy a glass or two.
The presidential love of wine all began with the Founding Fathers. George Washington and his crew were big fans of madeira, a fortified wine that was a common beverage among the 13 colonies. (As writer Stacy Slinkard explains it, the island of Madeira was exempt from certain British exportation laws, which made it easy for settlers to bring it across the sea.) It's even been said that Washington drank a pint of it daily (that explains a lot). Madeira was the drink of choice when the Declaration of Independence was signed, when Washington, D.C. was established, and when Washington was inaugurated as the first POTUS.
What made madeira such a popular drink among the Founding Fathers? It's hard to say. Even Benjamin Franklin, the man who invented electricity, liked to harpoon on madeira's magical abilities to revive flies that had been drowned in it. (We're going to guess this rant, posted on the Madeira Wine Guide, was fueled by a bit of madeira.) The Madeira Wine Guide comments on it, "So highly was Madeira wine regarded back then, that the reputation of Madeira wine to have special, almost mystical, qualities seems to have been common thought in 1773."
While madeira wines may be harder to find now, other fortified wines, like port and sherry, are good stand-ins for madeira for President's Day Weekend — and National Drink Wine Day.
What Happens When You Drink a Glass of Wine Every Night
Let's face it, wine is just one of those drinks that's always there when you need it. It's comforting after a long day working, it's the perfect finishing touch to any charcuterie board, and during a time like right now when you can't really go out to a bar or restaurant, it can still make you feel like you're living somewhat normally. Plus, it lasts for a while, so again, it's not bad to have some bottles on hand when you're staying inside. But what happens if you're drinking wine every night?
You've mostly heard in one way or another that a glass of wine every day can actually be good for your overall health, but some recent studies have argued that it's better to avoid drinking the vino on a regular basis. So what actually happens to your health if you drink a glass of wine every night? Are there real health benefits? Or are there consequences in the long run?
We're asking the tough questions here, as there's a good chance you just might end up drinking wine every night you're staying put at home! And while you're making healthier choices, here are The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.
First—how much is considered one full glass of wine?
Before we explore the risks and benefits of drinking a glass of wine every night, let's get on the same page about what exactly is one glass. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, one drink is 5 ounces of wine (also 12 ounces of beer and 1.5 ounces of liquor) in the U.S. Unfortunately, this means that buying a bigger wine glass won't change our serving size for the evening.
OK, so what happens if you're drinking a glass of wine every night?
Hosted By & Benefiting
Hosted by Southern Glazer&rsquos Wine & Spirits and Florida International University (FIU), the Festival benefits FIU&rsquos Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. Each year, more than 1,200 students and volunteers gain invaluable real-world experience with the Festival &ndash which serves as an interactive educational platform for the future leaders of the hospitality industry. To date, the Festival has raised more than $31.8 million for the School.
7 amazing Bay Area things to do Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-9
Food and fun (and then more food) are on the horizon this Mother’s Day weekend, because your mom deserves it (and so do you). So here are some cool ideas, from yummy brunch and pizza options to dance recitals and a heartfelt mom-themed movie from David Oyelowo.
(And if you want to get this Weekender lineup delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning, just sign up at www.mercurynews.com/newsletters or www.eastbaytimes.com/newsletters.)
1 SEE: A powerful mom-themed movie
Most of you know David Oyelowo as the gifted actor who played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film “Selma.” He directed and stars in the new movie “The Water Man,” about a boy who goes on a quest to save his beloved mum. It tops our list of your best new options for streaming and theatrical movies.
2 EAT: Mother’s Day brunch inspo
Doing breakfast in bed for mom this Sunday? We’ve got you covered with recipes for homemade Belgian waffles and other inspirations, plus a plus a handy-dandy list of Bay Area restaurants serving up Mother’s Day feasts alfresco or to go.Smuin Conemporary Ballet dancers Tess Lane and Max van der Sterre .(Chris Hardy/Smuin Contemporary Ballet)
3 WATCH: Beautiful ballet
Smuin Contemporary Ballet is staging two live outdoor performances in Orinda this weekend. Meantime, SF Ballet is streaming one of its all-time beloved works (no, not ‘The Nutcracker”!) Here’s how you can see either or both performances.
4 EAT: Pizza, anyone?
Five Bay Area pizza eateries just snagged top spots in Food & Wine magazine’s rundown on the nation’s best places for molten mozzarella deliciousness. You know what to do.
5 SEE: A classic Depression era mural (finally!)
It was tucked away for four decades, but a famous mural by artist Victor Arnautoff is now on display at a Richmond museum. Here’s how to see it.
Real and virtual wine tastings and events are available this spring. (Getty Images)
6 SIP & PLAY: Winery picnics and fests
Vineyard hikes, winery falconry demonstrations and virtual tastings abound this spring. We’re particularly smitten by Clif Family Winery’s virtual brunches and Bouchaine’s picnics — and you’ll find dozens of other possibilities right here.
7 SEE & HEAR: Prince being his unbelievable self
Even if you have a busy weekend going on, you have time to take in this amazing, recently updated 6½-minute video of several rock legends performing a classic Beatles song. And hold onto your hats when Prince uncorks the guitar solo of a lifetime. Here’s what you need to know.
National Drink Wine Day: What Wine to Drink for President's Day Weekend - Recipes
Not necessarily. Although they have fewer calories, many light beers have almost as much alcohol as regular beer—about 85% as much, or 4.2% versus 5.0% alcohol by volume, on average.
Check the alcohol content of your beverage. Malt beverages are not required to list their alcohol content on the labels, so you may need to visit the bottler's Web site.
How many "drinks" are in a bottle of wine?
A typical 25-ounce (750 ml) bottle of table wine holds about 5 "standard" drinks, each containing about 5 ounces. This serving size of wine contains about the same amount of alcohol as a 12-ounce regular beer or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits.
Get to know what 5 ounces looks like by measuring it out at home. That way you can estimate how many standard drinks you're being served in a restaurant or bar that uses large glasses and generous serving sizes.
Mixing alcohol with certain medications can cause nausea, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, a loss of coordination, internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulties in breathing. Alcohol can also make a medication less effective. For more information, see Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines.
Examples of medical conditions for which it's safest to avoid drinking include liver disease (such as from hepatitis C), bipolar disorder, abnormal heart rhythm, and chronic pain.
Among the dangers of underage drinking:
- Each year, an estimated 5,000 people under age 21 die from alcohol-related injuries.
- The younger people are when they start to drink, the more likely they are to develop alcohol use disorder at some point in their lives.
- Underage drinking is illegal—an arrest can lead to losing a job, a driver's license, or a college scholarship.
Even moderate amounts of alcohol can significantly impair driving performance and your ability to operate other machinery, whether or not you feel the effects of alcohol.
Heavy drinking during pregnancy can cause brain damage and other serious problems in the baby. Because it is not yet known whether any amount of alcohol is safe for a developing baby, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not drink.
About 50% of people who drink in this group have alcohol use disorder.
This "increased risk" category contains three different drinking pattern groups. Overall, nearly 20% of people who drink in this category have alcohol use disorder.
Only about 2% of drinkers in this group has alcohol use disorder.
A U.S. standard drink contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol (also known as an alcoholic drink-equivalent). That's the amount in 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of table wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
Distilled spirits include vodka, whiskey, gin, rum, and tequila.
Light to moderate drinking
Heavy or at-risk drinking
- Men: More than 4 drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks per week
- Women: More than 3 drinks on any day or more than 7 drinks per week
Men: No more than 4 drinks on any day and no more than 14 per week
Women: No more than 3 drinks on any day and no more than 7 per week
People with a parent, grandparent, or other close relative with alcoholism have a higher risk for becoming dependent on alcohol. For many, it may be difficult to maintain low-risk drinking habits.
Pace yourself: It's best to have no more than one standard drink per hour, with nonalcoholic "drink spacers" between alcohol beverages. On any day, stay within low-risk levels of no more than 4 drinks for men or 3 for women. Note that it takes about 2 hours for the adult body to completely break down a single drink. Do not drive after drinking.
For comparison, regular beer is 5% alcohol by volume (alc/vol), table wine is about 12% alc/vol, and straight 80-proof distilled spirits is 40% alc/vol.
The percent alcohol by volume (alc/vol) for distilled spirits is listed on bottle labels and may be found online as well. It is half the "proof," such that 80-proof spirits is 40% alc/vol.
Convert proof to alc/vol
Enter in the proof of the alcohol in the left field to automatically calculate the alc/vol.
A Glass Of Wine A Day May Help Control Type 2 Diabetes
A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine adds to the evidence that drinking a moderate amount of wine can be good for your health.
If you're in the habit of drinking wine with dinner, there may be a bonus beyond the enjoyment of sipping a glass at night.
A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine adds to the evidence that drinking a moderate amount of wine can be good for your health.
The evidence comes from a new two-year-long study on people with diabetes.
Researcher Iris Shai of Ben Gurion University says in Israel and elsewhere, lots of people with diabetes get the message that alcohol — even in moderation — can be harmful.
"There is a myth that alcohol is not so safe for them," Shai says.
In order to test the influence of wine on people with diabetes, Shai recruited about 225 people who already had elevated blood sugar, and they agreed to follow a Mediterranean style diet for two years.
Resveratrol May Not Be The Elixir In Red Wine And Chocolate
Everyone in the study was eating the same mix of foods but when it came to what to drink, some began drinking one glass of red wine per day, some began drinking one glass of white wine per day and others drank mineral water.
The Secret's In The Sugar: Lower-Alcohol Wines Are Taking Off
And at the end of the study? "We found that a glass of red wine with dinner can improve the cardiovascular health of people with Type 2 diabetes," Shai says.
In particular, Shai found that compared to people who drank mineral water with dinner, the wine drinkers — both those who drank white and red — benefited from improvements in blood sugar control.
And the red wine drinkers got an additional benefit: They saw improvements in their levels of good cholesterol.
The effects are not huge, but physician Christopher Wilcox of Georgetown University Medical Center says they could be significant.
"One glass of alcohol per day had these admittedly modest but worthwhile benefits," he says.
There's been a lot of interest in the idea that specific compounds in red wine may help protect against heart disease. And this finding — in which red wine improved cholesterol — adds a bit more evidence.
But Wilcox says this study also suggests that when it comes to blood sugar levels, the type of alcohol may not matter much.
Beer, Wine And Spirits: When Counting Our Liquid Calories, Are We Honest?
"Since both red and white wine were beneficial in terms of blood sugar lowering — it does seem to rather neatly and very cleverly — tie the benefit in probably to alcohol rather than wine itself," he says.
There's a big caveat however. The benefits of alcohol can be quickly outweighed by the risks if you drink more than one or two servings per day.
And Wilcox says not all of us metabolize or benefit from alcohol in the same way. Some of us are fast metabolizers, others are slow metabolizers — it's determined by our genes.
And in this study, it was the slow metabolizers who got significant improvements in blood sugar control.
So, you can't count on a benefit. Wilcox says if you have diabetes, wine is no replacement for proper treatment.
"Most certainly a glass of red wine does not substitute for good control of blood glucose with one of the diabetic medicines," he says.
But that nightly glass of wine could be one small part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
"To the purist, the martini is gin, vermouth and an olive. But look at menus from bars, hotels and restaurants all over the country, and you will find hundreds of cocktails with the word 'martini' tacked on," DeGroff said recently by email.
"Although this may disturb traditionalists, it reflects the tremendous explosion of creativity among young bartenders."
In honor of National Martini Day on Monday, June 19, we got DeGroff's take on the history of the martini, the optimal spirits to use and a few recipes so you can celebrate in style.
Mexican Sangria Recipe
Sangria is a traditional Spanish drink that combines wine with fruit, a little sugar, and one or more spices. It was introduced to the U.S. at the World's Fair in New York in 1964, and the rest is history. It's now one of the most popular party drinks in America and around the world as well.
Vineyards reigned supreme in Spain during the early centuries BCE. Invading Romans found miles of nicely maturing grapes here around 200 BCE, and they began importing Spanish wines, particularly the superior red wines when tensions between the countries settled down. Spanish wines were introduced to the rest of Europe, and sangria was soon to follow.
The wine is sangria's most critical ingredient, and it's the basis for this drink's origin. Water wasn't always safe to drink in those days, and the alcohol in the wine could be trusted to banish any bacteria. Then someone got the inventive idea of adding fruits and spices to the wine to liven it up. Technically, the Spaniards referred to any wine punch as sangria, and versions of the popular drink have proliferated since then. Most include brandy, but you can experiment with different liquors and even a variety of fruits, juices, and spices.
This Mexican version of sangria is a fruity concoction with a higher alcohol level that makes it great for pairing with spicy foods. Always use a decent wine when making sangria because the wine will be the drink's most prominent flavor. Tradition calls for red wine.
The (Definitive) #List of the 20 Greatest Day Drinks
An opinionated ranking prepared with much care, for fodder&mdashor inspiration.
The mere fact we need to distinguish daytime drinking from regular drinking let's you know it's a little bit naughty. But there's nothing wrong with canceling everything and just deciding to start boozing at noon. (Or, even better, beforenoon.) You see, day drinking is the activity. Especially on summer weekends when it's nice outside. Of course, not everything is a day drink. You probably shouldn't start swigging Old-Fashioneds or Rusty Nails at 2 PM unless you're super hardcore. or have no interest in seeing the sun set. Instead, try one of these options instead.
20. Tequila Sunrise
Do people still drink these? I don't know. But it's got OJ and tequila and literally a reference to the start of the day in its name. You could do worse. although, I guess for the sake of this list you actually can't.
19. (Tie) Bellini/Mimosa
Let's be honest, spending all day drinking from a flute is only acceptable if you're a "lady who lunches" (incidentally, my dream job). Also: the fact these similar cocktails are pretty much only served in "bottomless" form is convenient for large-scale consumption, a negative for overriding quality.
18. Pink Lady
A light and refreshing mix of gin, grenadine. and egg white. By the time you've had enough to, well, be drunk, you've also eaten an entire omelet. An egg white omelet no less. Healthy!
17. Milk Punch
I was the rare child who never really liked milk. Perhaps that's because no one told me you could add bourbon, vanilla extract, and a few shakes of nutmeg to it. Caveat emptor: the lactose-heavy milk punch can quickly become a gut punch around, oh, drink four or so.
16. Mint Julep
Mint Juleps are undeniably delicious, an intoxicating blend of bourbon, sugar, and mint atop a heaping pile of pebble ice. The one problem is, if it's not Kentucky Derby day and/or you aren't wearing seersucker, a silver cup of Julep looks totally out of place. Then again, so does someone wasted at 4 PM on a Monday, so go for it.
15. Tom Collins
Who was Tom Collins? Who cares. He was probably a guy who eschewed going to museums or window-shopping with his wife on Saturday afternoons to get plowed instead. And his eponymous drink of Old Tom gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda is perfect for doing nothing more rigorous than that.
14. John Daly
No one would dispute that an Arnold Palmer (half iced-tea/half lemonade) is perfect for the daytime. Add vodka to it&mdasha sweet tea vodka like this slightly-caffeinated one from Deep Eddy if possible&mdashand it's even better. Next thing you know, you're doing this.
13. Piña Colada
I'm not sure if Piña Coladas are actually perfect for day drinking&mdashI mean, they are loaded with heavy ingredients like coconut cream&mdashbut you sure as hell can't drink them once night falls. So&hellipipso facto, they are day drinks I guess.
12. Bloody Mary
I'll be honest, I've never really loved Bloodies, certainly not for marathon day-drinking sessions. They always taste like someone added Smirnoff to my salsa. The gimmicky new breed of ones loaded with ostentatious garnishes are even worse. If I wanted to bilk the bar out of free celery sticks, I'd just order some Buffalo wings.
11. Brown Derby
The Brown Derby isn't exactly famous as a day-drinking cocktail, mainly because it's not a famous cocktail period. It should be, though, as it's a delightful mix of bourbon, honey syrup, and fresh grapefruit juice (and your bartender will definitely have to use an iPhone app to know that.)
10. Dark 'n' Stormy
If you're day-drinking in the Cape this summer, a Dark 'n' Stormy is about as perfect as it gets. If you're like the rest of us and don't exactly "summer" in the summer, it's still a good option for tossing back in a public park or on your porch. You may not own any Top-Siders, but by nighttime you'll still be Slurring 'n' Slobbering.
Cool, it's like a Negroni except without the most alcoholic ingredient (gin). That's a good thing I suppose and, somehow, Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda make for a tasty and highly-drinkable mix. USA! USA! US&mdashoh, wait, it was invented in Italy?
8. Fernet & Coke
Not exactly complex, the way I see it, the digestif Fernet-Branca will keep your stomach settled as you drink all day, the Coke will give you the superhuman ability to drink all day. Win-win. And damn good too.
7. (Tie) Mojito/Caipirinha
I'm a dumb American so I always gets these two cocktails confused and my inability to correctly pronounce the second means I'm often too scared to order it. I shouldn't be as sugar, lime, and insert-sugarcane-alcohol is always a delicious day-drinking combination. Muddle some mint and it's even better.
Any drink that comes served in pitchers is perfect for day-drinking. Because there's nothing that'll make you realize you're not a day-drinker but perhaps a "day-drunkard" more than visiting the bar for your sixth round before it's even 1 PM. The pitcher solves that issue and the booze-soaked fresh fruit is an added bonus.
5. Gin & Tonic
The gin & tonic is so simple, yet so versatile. You can use high-end gins like Hendrick's or Koval. You can also use high-end tonics (yes, those exist) like Fever-Tree. Or you could just slum it with well gin and the soda gun. However you like yours, it's insanely refreshing, and a perfect bridge from day-drinking into night-drinking.
Even more so than the G&T, Margaritas have the widest berth between quality and crap. But, I must admit, I find them all damn tasty. Whether we're talking artisanally-prepared ones using Añejo tequilas and paprika-salt-rimmed glasses or frozen offerings that come out of a Slurpee-like contraption behind the bar. I can drink them all day. and sometimes I do.
3. Moscow Mule
Vodka is perhaps the quintessential day-drinking spirit, especially if you don't want anyone else to know you've been day-drinking. Because that's the thing, vodka is odorless and pretty flavorless. But day-drinking isn't about quotidian tippling, it's about having fun. So adding a hefty pour of ginger beer, some lime juice, and a dope copper mug to your vodka transforms your dipsomania into an actual weekend event.
2. Aperol Spritz
Delicious, refreshing, and fairly low in alcohol, a Spritz is simply Aperol (or another bitter liqueur like Campari) with Prosecco and a splash of soda. It'll take a lot of these to get you "spritz-faced," and that's a good thing when you're drinking all day.
1. Pimm's Cup
For my money, the Pimm's Cup is the absolute best day-drinking cocktail. Yes, it's a bit old-fashioned&mdashand a lot British&mdashbut it's also perfect for day-drinking, especially in summer. So long as you have a bottle of the gin-based liqueur Pimm's No. 1, it's not too hard to put this puppy together. A tall glass of ice is crucial, something citrusy and carbonated is necessary (i.e lemon soda or ginger ale), then just top with plenty of chopped fresh fruits (cucumbers, oranges, lemons, strawberries. go nuts) and a mint garnish. Now call in sick to work for the rest of the summer, and whip up another.
- Date: Feb 21, 2022
- Also Called: Washington's Birthday
- Celebrations: Historical celebrations honoring the veterans, Congressional recognition
President's Day federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in February. The holiday commemorates all the former US presidents' achievements and sacrifices. Interestingly, the day is celebrated on the same day as George Washington's birthday. The holiday is also celebrated a day after Abraham Lincoln's birth date. In the early 19th century, the day was acknowledged as a fasting and prayer day. People would offer prayers to God and ask for protection over their president.
Is it President's Day or Presidents' Day?
The day celebrates all the presidents of the United States. Therefore, the right name for this holiday is Presidents' Day.
Which Are The Alternative Names Of Presidents' Day?
Some states celebrate the day under a different name other than the Presidents' Day. These names include George Washington's Day, Washington and Lincoln Day and President's Day.
Which States Do Not Observe The Presidents' Day?
The US states that do not celebrate the Presidents' Day are Florida, Lowa, Kentucky, Delaware, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Kansas, and North Carolina.
Presidents' Day History
The history of the Presidents' Day holiday dates back in 1800 after the death of George Washington. People celebrated his birthday on February 22 as a way to remember the first president in American history. In 1879, Washington's Birthday was signed into law as a federal holiday.
In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act shifted the day to be celebrated on the third Monday of February every year. The day also changed its name to Presidents' Day as a way to commemorate all the presidents of the United States.
Presidents' Day Traditions
Presidents' Day is a time of patriotic remembrance. Before the holiday was declared as a day to celebrate all the presidents of the United States, portraits of George Washington would grace the front pages of newspapers every February 22nd.
Today, Presidents' Day is marked by staged celebrations and reenactments. Some states require teachers of public schools to teach students about the accomplishments of former US presidents, mostly focusing on the lives of Washington and Lincoln.
Why Do We Celebrate President's Day?
We observe the holiday to honor the present and past presidents of the United States for making the country the land it is today.
How to Celebrate Presidents' Day
Americans mark this day by engaging in various activities. You can visit Mt. Vernon, VA, where Washington's ancestral home and tomb lies. On Presidents' Day, entry to the place is often free of charge.
If you adore Abraham Lincoln, you should consider visiting his memorial in Washington, DC.
If you love reading, you might find it satisfying to read George Washington's Farewell Address and reflecting on his contributions to the country. Another great read you can reflect on is Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. If you'd rather stay indoors, watch the 1988 Tommy Lee Jones film, which relates to Washington's war troops.
Presidents' Day Activities for Kids
For kids, the day is often marked with festivals and decorations. Children use masks of the past presidents to commemorate the day. You can also make Presidents' Day T-shirts with the kids since they are out of school on that day. If your kids love books, read them a book by Margaret McNamara that tells of myths, truths, and a funny story about Washington's 7th birthday. To crown the day, go shopping with the kids and take advantage of the Presidents' Day Sales.
What Food to Eat On Presidents' Day?
George Washington loved nuts and fish. He was also fond of cherries, and Cherry Bounce was his favorite drink. President John Adams adored Madeira wine. Consider inviting your family and friends over for the Presidents' Day weekend and observe the day by including some of those foods into your menu. Most American households celebrate the holiday by ensuring their meals have a recipe of cherries.