Take a swig of Washington's whiskey

Now everyone has a chance to drink like a Founding Father.

Whiskey created at George Washington's reconstructed distillery near his home at Mount Vernon, Va. — once the largest whiskey distillery in the fledgling USA — is on sale on the premises and in the mansion's gift shop. For $25, spirit connoisseurs receive a 50-milliliter bottle (the size of an airplane mini) of a limited-edition blend of 11 American whiskeys vatted and bottled on mansion grounds. It's 121 proof, so modern-day drinkers are advised to cut it with water. A shot glass is included.

Built on the grounds of Washington's original distillery, the George Washington Distillery is 3 miles south of Mount Vernon and is open from April through Oct. 31. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and under (discounts apply when combined with a Mount Vernon trip). Information: 703-780-2000 or MountVernon.org.

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