The July Fourth Definitive Imbibement

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It was cold it was dark, the troops had been at it for years this was their last chance to surprise the hessions  and turn the tide of the war, this is a little known secret -but on that voyage across the Delaware, as every tuber of the Delaware knows is no easy feat —anyway, on that crisp night into morning voyage George, Washington that is, had pressed secretly in his vest a little imbibement to keep his back straight as his crew manuevered between the chunks of ice

 and I have his secret recipe in my posession… … … 

madeira wine ( or any inexpensive red)

blueberries  fresh squeezed, ( or rasberry liquer)

ice cold delaware water ( or 7 up)


and chill by dragging aside a wooden row boat in the dead of winter (or pour over chipped ice)

optional sprig of  fresh lavender swished in glass


drink until you reach Trenton…



Remember freedom doesn’t come easy but once you achieve it you are home free!!!




TUBERS! No imbibing while tubing you will have enough to keep track of  -did you ever hear of the cousin of the Lochness monster? the Franklin-a sarus?… yes yes so watch out!
Early American history
Full-length portrait of a young man seated at a table. He wears a finely tailored dark suit, knee breeches with white stockings, and a wig in the style of an English gentleman. He holds a quill pen in his right hand, and is turning the pages of a large book with the other hand.

John Hancock


Madeira was an important wine in the history of the United States of America. No wine quality grapes could be grown among the thirteen colonies so imports were needed with a great focus on Madeira.[3][4] One of the major events on the road to revolution in which Madeira played a key role was the British seizure of John Hancock’s sloop the Liberty on May 9, 1768. Hancock’s boat was seized after he had unloaded a cargo of 25 pipes (3,150 gallons) of Madeira and a dispute over import duties arose. The seizure of the Liberty caused riots to erupt among the people of Boston.[5][6]


Madeira was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, and it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence.[3] George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams are also said to have appreciated the qualities of Madeira. On one occasion, Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, of the great quantities of Madeira he consumed while a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress. Chief Justice John Marshall was also known to appreciate Madeira, as well as his cohorts on the U.S. Supreme Court. A bottle of Madeira was also used by visiting Captain James Server to christen USS Constitution in 1797.

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