Rachel Maddow appeared on the fourth hour of "Today" — drink in hand — to discuss her upcoming book "Drift" on Tuesday.
It was the MSNBC host's first time chatting with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the show. "I've been lurking, hoping to be invited inside," she joked.
The three sat down with Maddow's cocktail of choice: a French 75. Gifford jokingly said that the name of the drink — which contains gin, lemon juice, sugar and champagne — "sounded like a sex act."
"That's actually the Great 75," Maddow joked. She said that the drink was relevant to their discussion of her book "because it's named after a French artillery piece."
Then turning to a more serious topic, she explained the thrust of her book. "That when we used to go to war, it used to be the country's going to war," she said. "We fought it together and now it's like the military fights the war and we don't much notice. And military families' experience of the last ten years since 9/11 has been so different than civilian families' experience."
Kotb said that "Drift" has gotten positive reviews, including a blurb from Fox News' chief Roger Ailes.
"This isn't even conservative versus liberal," Maddow insisted. "We're all a little unsettled that American military families have had such different lives. We're all a little weirded out by it, and it's fixable."