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In Booze We Trust: The Drinking Habits Of Our Presidents

What better way to celebrate Presidents Day to learn about how they unwound with a drink or two after a hard day in the Oval Office?

Mark Will-Weber's new book, " Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking," looks at the drinking habits of the leaders of the free world, from George Washington's porters to Barack Obama's homebrewed honey ale.

Some presidents, like Thomas Jefferson, had very expensive tastes and liked to throw boozy dinner parties.

"He'd know he went through 423 bottles of Champagne one year, and in his notebook, he'd say, 'We'd better order 500 for next year,'" Will-Weber said.

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Mark Will-Weber, author, "Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking,"

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