HAPPY NATIONAL CHECKER'S DAY - Cocktails & Politics?


No Silly, It's Not About the Game - It's About A Dog ...
and a COCKTAIL! Read on!

September 23rd is now recognized as Checker’s Day. Most people might immediately wonder why we have a day delegated to a simple board game and the fact of the matter is we don't - or if we do it's not September 23rd!

Checker's Day - note the apostrophe - actually refers to a dog, a Presidential Dog no less. You see, in on September 23rd, 1952, President Richard M. Nixon made his famous Checkers Speech in which he refers to a gift of a little black and white Cocker Spaniel:

“One other thing I probably should tell you, because if I don't they will probably be saying this about me, too. We did get something, a gift, after the election. You know what it was? It was a little Cocker Spaniel dog ... black and white, spotted, and our little girl Tricia, the six year old, named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, loved the dog, and I just want to say this, right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're going to keep it.”
~ President Richard Milhous Nixon


In honor of “Checkers” – who sadly went to the Rainbow Bridge in 1964 - here is my CHECKERS MARTINI. Unlike politics, this cocktail really is black and white!


3/4 Oz. Coffee Liqueur
1/4 Oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
1-1/2 Oz. Half & Half
Ground Espresso Beans

Dip the rim of your cocktail glass into some of the coffee liqueur and then into the ground espresso beans. Chill the glass in the freezer.
Pour the coffee liqueur and the dark crème de cacao into the glass.
Take a bar spoon, turn it upside down and hold the tip against the inside of the glass bowl then gently pour the half & half over the spoon onto the coffee liqueur and dark crème de cacao.
Allow this to settle for a few moments and the layers will settle down to their own levels.
Serve up with the story about the late Checkers the Dog.

Updated November 2015

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