June 17: The Watergate Break-In

During the early hours of DeepThroatJune 17, 1972, security guard Frank Wills was doing his usual late night rounds at the Watergate complex in Washington D. C. when he noticed that a basement door at the Wategate office building had been taped open. He removed the tape and continued on his rounds. Later that night, he saw that someone had replaced the tape. Wills called the cops, and around 2 a. m., five men were discovered inside the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters on the Watergate’s sixth floor and promptly arrested. When searched, it was soon discovered that the burglars had contact information for White House aide E. Howard Hunt.

…And so beginning of what might be the biggest political scandal in American history: A scandal that not only prompted the resignation of President Richard Nixon, but forever altered the perception of the American presidency.

One of the key background players in the Watergate affair was for over thirty years simply known as “Deep Throat,” the mysterious high-level source to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. The information Deep Troat leaked to Woodward and Bernstein would help expose the dirty tricks the Nixon administration was involved in. Deep Throat’s identity remained a secret to all but a few individuals until 2005, when former FBI Associate Director Mark Felt public came forward as Deep Throat.

Woodward would later comment on Felt’s motivation for leaking information on the Watergate scandal: “Felt believed he was protecting the bureau by finding a way, clandestine as it was, to push some of the information from the FBI interviews and files out to the public, to help build public and political pressure to make Nixon and his people answerable. He had nothing but contempt for the Nixon White House and their efforts to manipulate the Bureau for political reasons.”

Now, it appears the Watergate Hotel doesn’t want to make a drink honoring their role in history, but the Washington D. C. Ritz-Carlton has made a cocktail paying winking tribute to the scandal. The Deep Throat cocktail is a deliciously creamy little thing similar to an older drink called “Barbara.” Ritz-Carlton bartenders garnish this drink with a Hershey’s Kiss hidden on the bottom of the glass, a nod to Deep Throat’s many secrets and the Washington equivalent of “kissing and telling.”

Deep Throat

  • 1 1/2 ounces Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce cream
  • 1 Hershey’s Kiss

Place the Kiss at the bottom of a chilled cocktail glass. Shake all liquid ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into the glass. Ideally, the Kiss should be obscured by the cocktail.

Tomorrow: A Beatle and another hotel’s candy-garnished cocktail.

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