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Cheers for Cherry Blossoms
Over at gastropub AGAINN (1099 New York Avenue NW), bartenders are offering a variety of blossom-inspired creations including the Cheerio. This aromatic sipper can be made with gin or vodka, and has a smattering of Danish Cherry Heering Liqueur. A few drops of rosewater give the drink a whiff of floral—look for rosewater at international markets or in some drugstores. You can easily make the brandied garnish by soaking pitted fresh cherries in whatever mixture of booze you like—I add mine to brandy, rum and a little Bourbon. Store them in a refrigerator in a Mason jar or container with a tightly fitting lid—they only get better with time.
Courtesy of AGAINN
1 ½ oz. gin or vodka
½ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. egg white
½ oz. Cherry Heering
4 drops rosewater
Brandied cherry, for garnish
Add all ingredients except Cherry Heering into Boston shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Pour Cherry Heering down the side of the glass so it sinks to the bottom. Add four drops of rosewater and garnish with a brandied cherry.
Anchors Aweigh
Courtesy of the St. Regis Bar
1 ½ oz. Bourbon
2 tsp. cherry brandy
2 tsp. peach brandy
2 tsp. Triple Sec
2 tbsp. half and half
Add all to a shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled Old-Fashioned glass. Alternatively, you can blend the drink with ice.

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