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What: Wooly Bully, with Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Don Ciccio & Figli Cinque Aperitivo, Punt E Mes, Yellow Chartreuse, and Angostura bitters
Where: Quarter + Glory, 2017 14th St. NW; (202) 450-5757; quarterandglory.com
What You Should Be Drinking: While everyone else around town is busting out the slushie machines for frosé and mixing up patio-pounding gin & tonics, Quarter + Glory’s boozy and stirred game is still strong. This “Manhattan on steroids” beefs up the whiskey potable with several heavy-hitting components. Public House Collective chief creative director Kenneth McCoy stirs spicy Rittenhouse Rye with Punt e Mes (a dark brown bitter Italian vermouth), Yellow Chartreuse, Angostura bitters, and locally-made Don Ciccio & Figli Cinque Aperitivo, served on the rocks with an orange peel. “Not everyone is gonna love it, but I feel it deserves its moment in the spotlight,” McCoy says.
Why You Should Be Drinking It: Guests at Quarter + Glory seem to consider drinking such a spirit-forward cocktail in springtime as incomprehensible as the lyrics to just about any Red Hot Chili Peppers song. But this drink has two secret weapons that make it work no matter what the mercury reads: Cinque Aperitivo’s bitter orange peel and earthy notes and Yellow Chartreuse, which brings sweet and herbal tones. And forget about asparagus, ramps, and spring peas for a minute, because this drink goes best with an always-in-season smoked mozzarella and bacon burger with house-made pickles and fries. —Kelly Magyarics