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Stripes and Plaids

Stripes and Plaids 1.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

Spirits Aug 12, 2016

This is a simplified version of a highball by Adam Bernbach. It uses the fresh notes of summer watermelon to soften Bruto Americano, a bitter red liqueur from St. George Spirits. (You can substitute Campari if you can’t find the Bruto, but the Bruto has cinnamon and piney notes that make it quite different from the Italian classic.)

At 2 Birds 1 Stone, Bernbach carbonates the watermelon juice into a delicious house soda.

Where to Buy: Bruto Americano is available at Batch 13 in Northwest Washington.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver cachaça
  • 1/2 ounce Bruto Americano (see headnote; may substitute Campari)
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see NOTE)
  • 2 to 3 ounces fresh watermelon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • Club soda or seltzer
  • Basil leaf, for garnish


Fill a Collins glass with ice.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the cachaça, Bruto Americano, lime juice, simple syrup, watermelon juice (to taste) and salt; seal and shake well for 30 seconds. Strain into the glass, top with a little club soda or seltzer and stir gently.

Garnish with the basil leaf.

NOTE: To make a simple syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a low boil, then cool. Transfer to a heatproof container. Once it has cooled to room temperature, cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled through; store indefinitely.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from a recipe by Adam Bernbach, bar director of 2 Birds 1 Stone in the District.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 190

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 160mg 7%

Total Carbohydrates: 19g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 13g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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