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Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Aug 10, 2017

This is a complex, boozy sipper.

To read the accompanying story, see: The best cocktail bar in America is now in D.C.

Where to Buy: We found China-China, a bittersweet liqueur, at Batch 13 and Ace Beverage in the District. Acid phosphate, which adds tartness without adding a particular citrus flavor, can be ordered online.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 1 3/4 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
  • 1/4 ounce Bigallet China-China (see headnote)
  • 2 dashes absinthe
  • 1/2 teaspoon acid phosphate (see headnote)
  • Brandied cherry, for garnish


Chill a Nick and Nora glass or a coupe.

Fill a mixing glass with ice, then add the bourbon, vermouth, liqueur, absinthe and acid phosphate. Stir gently for 15 seconds, then strain into the glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

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From the bar team at the Columbia Room in Washington.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 180

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 3g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 3g

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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