Nothing like a little unabashed patriotism, once in awhile, to rinse the taste of AP anti-Americanism (Columbia University, rah-rah) out of your mouth.
Something else that works: I got a bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon as a Christmas gift, from a nice client. I'd never tried it before, seeing no reason to move beyond the tried-and-true JD Black or Jim Beam, when craving strong American-style drink. I must say, this stuff is really good. It could be habit-forming, even for a cheapskate like me.