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MORRIS AMERICAN BAR: COCKTAILS

We recently spent an afternoon with the team at Morris American Bar (Washington, D.C.). Like many establishments, in recent months they’ve made a seasonal shift toward featuring more autumn/winter flavors. Their fall drink menu artfully bridges the gap between the end of this wild year and snowplows a path right into winter.

Helmed by Beverage Manager Doug Fisher, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more nimble crew of mixologists in the District. They lean hard into innovation, often producing some of the most creative concoctions West of the Potomac River.

Here’s a few of their favorites to cozy up to at home in front of a fire or an episode of Schitt’s Creek (yea, we’re fans).

 

JERSEY LIGHTNING

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Laird’s Applejack Brandy
  • Sugar Cube (Preference for Domino Dots, which are cut to precision, unlike other brands that can produce clumpy iterations).
  • Bitters
  • Soda Water
  • Orange Peel (Optional)

The Deets:

  1. Drop the sugar cube into a mixing glass and saturate the cube with bitters (Hack: Add a bar spoon of club soda can loosen up the sugar)
  2. Use the back of a muddling spoon (or any flat bar tool) to mix into a solution. The solution will be a bit grainy, which is expected
  3. Add brandy (Hack: Fill to the top edge of the measurer), stir and strain into a collins glass
  4. Lower a large block of ice, followed by 5 or 6 stirs
  5. Peel and twist a slice of orange for the finish. The proper technique calls for squeezing the peel between your fingers over the glass before rubbing around the rim

 

TASTES LIKE PIE (A Morris American Bar Original)

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Apple Cider
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • ¾ oz Cinnamon Simple Syrup (Hack: Buy cinnamon flavored apple cider. And, if you go this direction, you’ll need to double the measurement)
  • ½ oz Pear Brandy
  • Club Soda

The Deets:

  1. Make cinnamon syrup: boil a quart of water and drop in 5 sticks of cinnamon for taste, leaving them to steep for 8 minutes. Add an equal weight of granulated sugar. As a rule, it’s always better to go light than heavy on the sugar
  2. Add syrup, ice, lemon juice, apple cider, pear brandy, and blended scotch, to a mixing glass, shake, and strain into a collins glass
  3. Add a bit of club soda for the finish

 

APPALACHIAN BUCK

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Apple Cider
  • ¾ oz Ginger Syrup (Hack: Ginger Beer)
  • ½ oz Lemon
  • ½ Amaro
  • Dash of Bitters
  • Club Soda

The Deets:

  1. Add bourbon, apple cider, ginger syrup, lemon, amaro, and bitters a mixing glass and strain into a collins glass
  2. Add a block of ice and a pour of club soda

 

SLEEPING BAG (A Doug Fisher Original)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Cognac (Mixers Choice)
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • ¾ oz Orgeat
  • ½ oz Spiced Pear Liqueur
  • Egg White

The Deets:

  1. Separate egg white from yolk and add to a mixing tin
  2. Add lemon juice, orgeat, spiced pear liqueur, and cognac
  3. Dry shake (a shake without ice) ingredients. Make sure to give it a long shake to facilitate emulsification and aeration
  4. Add ice to mixing tin and give it a second long shake, then drain into a glass

 

EDITOR'S TIPS

Try using the flavors below to adapt your classic cocktail to the fall/winter seasons. Better yet, get inspired to create something completely original and let us know how it goes.

Apple
Pear
Cinnamon
Allspice Dram
Ginger
Brandy + Apple
Darker Spirits
Orgeat
Lemon

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