circa 1790:  John Adams (1735 - 1826) second president of the United States of America.  (Photo by Stock Montage/Stock Montage/Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Boozy Beverage Young John Adams Drank For Breakfast
Speaking of the Founding Fathers probably conjures up images of a stuffy, somber group of white men, and while these men may have been somber, sober they were not. Benjamin Franklin was known to enjoy a milk punch cocktail while Thomas Jefferson preferred wine, and John Adams had his own drink of choice.
Instead of coffee or tea, Adams liked to wake up with what was known as an “eye-opener,” a 3- to 4-ounce shot of hard cider which was believed to help combat colds and other illnesses. Adams began the habit at age 16 while at Harvard, saying he could "never forget how refreshing and salubrious [healthy-giving]" this morning tipple was.
Adams carried this cider habit into his adulthood, beginning his mornings punctually at 8 a.m. with the apple-forward brew. Only while in Philadelphia did Adams abstain from morning cider, opting for the local beers instead. As for his nighttime drinking habits, our second president shared Jefferson's penchant for Madeira wine.