National Cherry Month, the first president - and vodka

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A portrait of President George Washington, whose 281st

A portrait of President George Washington, whose 281st birthday will be celebrated as part of Presidents Day. Some Long Island clubs and pubs will be throwing Sunday night parties to take advantage of the Monday holiday. (Feb. 12, 2013) Photo Credit: New York Historical Society

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Bet you didn't know February is National Cherry Month. There's still time to join in the festivities.

And George Washington's actual birthday today seems the most appropriate day. Facts notwithstanding, he's still the world's best known cutter of cherry trees.

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Georgi Vodka has considered the possibilities.

The "Georgi Washington Martini" is made with two ounces of Georgi Cherry Flavored Vodka, one and one half ounces of triple sec, three ounces of pomegranate juice and  a squirt of fresh lime juice. Combine in a shaker over ice. Shake, strain and serve with a garnish of cherries.

Simpler is the "Georgi Cherry Tree." Combine three ounces of the cherry-flavored vodka, five ounces of lemon-lime soda and a dash of grenadine. Pour over ice and imbibe.

Of course, Washington himself doubtless preferred rye whiskey and brandy.  Worth celebrating with those, too.

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