The lemon-wheel garnish for this nojito is more of a flourish: a wink at Washington's ubiquitous traffic circles designed by the drink's namesake, architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant.
Four ounces of lemon soda such as San Pellegrino Limonata may be substituted for a combination of the lemon juice, simple syrup and sparkling mineral water.
- 6 ounces applejack, preferably Laird's
- 3 ounces Lillet Blanc
- Juice of 3 lemons (3 ounces)
- 2 ounces simple syrup (see NOTE)
- 3 ounces sparkling mineral water, such as Perrier
- Thin round slices of lemon, for garnish
Combine the applejack, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice and simple syrup in a small pitcher; stir to combine.
Fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Divide the drink mixture evenly among them, then top each with some of the sparkling mineral water. Stir to combine. Garnish each with a lemon wheel.
NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a slow, rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a glass container and let cool to room temperature. Cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled through; store indefinitely.
From Dan Searing of Room 11, a wine bar opening in Columbia Heights.
Tested by Dan Searing.
Email questions to the Food Section at email@example.com.