It’s no secret that I’m a big thrift store guy. Luckily, my better half is as well. She has a knack for finding incredible things: knick knacks, vintage glassware, and coffee table books. She recently found an excellent copy of In the Kennedy Style, a book about parties the Kennedy’s hosted during JFK’s Presidency. The book is simply amazing. Beyond the fact that Jackie and JFK are archetypes of American style and grace, they knew how to throw a hell of a party.
The book features pictures, details, and recipes from some of their parties, from the lavish galas in the White House to the casual get togethers around town. It is a facinating look into a different time when hosting parties was a talent all it’s own. I highly recommend the book.
One party that stood out was an event they held at Mt. Vernon, President George Washington’s residence, hosting the Belgian Prime Minister and his wife. I won’t get into too many details, but there were some nice touches at the event.
One of those touches was a nod to our first President. I agree that every party should have a special cocktail, and apparently I’m not the first…in his honor, they served mint juleps using the same recipe that George served…notice the measurements: it includes one CUP of Bourbon:
I imagine this was a wild night…