Seward’s Icebox

Trying something, so bear with me.

From the Esquire Handbook for Hosts. The book contains 365 reasons to party like a gentleman (Note I wrote gentleman and not Frat Boy.) Today, Reason # 83.

Seward’s Day in Alaska

Imagine a time when U.S. and Russian relations were not as volatile. So, let’s jump back to 1867. The 24th Secretary of State, at the time, William H. Seward signs a land deal to buy Alaska from Russia. He’s laughed at by Congress for buying what amounted to 586,412 square miles of ice. The deal was ridiculed in the press as “Seward’s Folly,” “Seward’s Icebox,” and (my personal favorite) President Andrew Johnson’s “Polar Bear Garden.”.

Today, Alaskans celebrate Seward’s bold move with a state holiday that is annually held on the last Monday of March. In celebration of this audacious purchase, I present to you the following drink.

The Polar Bear Garden:

1.5 oz of Russian Standard Vodka

1.5 oz of Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka

.5 oz of Lillet Blanc

1 oz. St. Germain

.5 oz Simple Syrup

2 dashes of Lemon juice

Shake with a ton of good ice. Pour into a chilled Rocks glass. Topped with Prosecco – because we are celebrating America.

Garnish with 1 Forget Me Not and a large chunk of ice. Tiny American flag optional.

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