Congressman’s Lunch

The Congressman’s Lunch, from Brian Nixon at the Truxton Inn in Washington D.C., is a wonderful example of how fitting a name can be for a drink. The Truxton Inn itself may be too hip for a proper statesman, but it’s easy to imagine your favorite Capitol figure sipping one of these at a turned-oak conference table, taking calls and shouting at staff.

The lunch comparison makes sense – this drink has all the flavors of a great sandwich, and it’s low proof enough that one won’t ruin the rest of your day.

We’re always keen to try a pickle-based cocktail, but we were wary of the sweetness from the sherry and white wine apéritif (Nixon calls for Cocchi Americano, which is a bit less sweet than Lillet Blanc).

We needn’t have worried – the cocktail is perfectly balanced, and the lemon bitters are the perfect accessory, tying the whole thing up with a little yellow ribbon.

Ingredients

Instructions

Stir all ingredients with ice for about a minute. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass and garnish with a pickle, cocktail onion, olive – or all three! It is lunch, after all.

Read more

An awesome cocktail app with curated recipes

I'm shocked that there are no reviews listed for this app. I found it on reddit's cocktails forum. The drink list in this app is much shorter than in many of the other apps I've seen, but the quality and reliability of the recipes is much much higher. These are more like the drinks you would get at a good mixology bar instead of the drink equivalent of your aunt's jello fruit mold that people just "love." I much prefer a list of cocktails that are reliable, good and repeatable than a huge pile of garbage recipes. This app is great and delivers great, reliable cocktails.
US TroupCounty, iTunes App Store