27 March 2012

spring cocktails.

the drink and THE HEFF. photos by Chris Chen.

Matthew Heffernan is the Tavernkeeper at Smoke + Barrel, a barbecue joint EXTRAORDINAIRE in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Responsible for their fantastic Bourbon menu (as well as the Boilermaker Cocktails), he was so generous as to comply when I got in touch about putting together a Spring-appropriate cocktail. Sweet but refreshing; delicious and easy to drink - photographer Chris Chen and I were thrilled to be the taste testers for his Ginger-Citrus Whiskey Spritzer (which we referred to as "THE HEFF" for the entirety of the evening). Invite me when you make a batch for your upcoming picnics? Yes? Please? Thank you.


12 oz. Simple syrup (I use dark agave instead of granulated sugar for mine)
One large finger of ginger peeled and chopped
Zest of one grapefruit
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one half lime
Elmer T Lee Bourbon
Soda water

Combine simple syrup, ginger, and all citrus in a pot and steep over low heat for approximately 30 minutes. Allow to cool, then strain. You can keep this mixture in the fridge to have at the ready all season long - I put it in a squeeze bottle for easy use. Combine 1 oz. of syrup for two ounces of whiskey in a short glass, shake well over ice, then top with soda water. Cheers!


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