“The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.”
Sir Winston Churchill's Biography
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British statesman, best known as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. He served two terms as PM, the first from 1940-1945 and the second from 1951-1955. He was also a prolific painter and writer, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.”
During WWI, Churchill served as First Lord of the Admiralty, and was most famous for overseeing the catastrophic Galliopli Campaign. However, his leadership in WWII largely redeemed his historical reputation.
Churchill cultivated an image as a prodigious drinker, and while it’s certainly true that he loved a good tipple, historians generally agree that he played up that reputation for the sake of appearances.
By contemporary accounts, Churchill would often start his day with a small amount of Johnny Walker Red Label scotch heavily diluted with water (something his children called a “Papa Cocktail”), which he would nurse until the afternoon. He’d then have some Pol Roger Champagne with dinner, and some brandy after the meal. Ever one to appreciate the finer spirits, Winston Churchill celebrated his election victory in 1951 with Louis XIII Cognac. All in all, his was a pretty standard intake for people of his class at the time.
What Sir Winston Churchill Drinks
Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Red is the flagship product from the most popular scotch whisky brand on the planet.
Whiskey, Soda Water
A simple combination of any kind of whiskey (often scotch) and soda water. Also known as a Scotch and Soda.
Gin, Dry Vermouth