The Quill, the cocktail bar inside The Jefferson DC, a member of Preferred Boutique, crafts Zodiac Zinger cocktails based on the current sun sign and are specifically made to reflect the characteristics of that Zodiac sign.
Right now they have the Virgo available through September 22, made with bourbon, cognac, Triple Sec, lemon juice, simple syrup, and an orange twist for garnish. The cocktail was designed to appeal to a wide range of palates, perfect for those notoriously difficult-to-please Virgos. Virgos are supposed to be analytical, observant, helpful, reliable, and precise. The Quill says that “the bourbon provides the observant and helpful qualities of an elder with precise complexity and uncompromised flavor. The addition of cognac lets the Virgo reflect and analyze in a relaxed manner, and plan the next adventure that tomorrow brings.” All we know is that guests who come to The Quill on their birthday receive the Zodiac Zinger for free, so asking someone “What’s your sign?” takes on some real relevance here.
The head bartender of Lantern's Keep, the intimate cocktail salon situated in the lobby of The Iroquois Hotel in Manhattan’s Theater District, is a walking cocktail dictionary with upwards of 500 cocktails in his repertoire. Rene Hidalgo can convince any vodka-only drinkers to fall in love with a different spirit, particularly important since the bar doesn't serve vodka. The Rum Cherry Fix is available until the end of September but, just in case you can’t make it down in time, here’s the recipe so that you don’t miss out.
• 2 oz. white rum
• .75 oz. lemon juice
• .75 oz. simple syrup
• 2 fresh cherries
• 3 dashes Peychauds Bitters
• Absinthe rinse
Combine first five ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Muddle cherries. Shake without ice. Rinse a rocks glass with absinthe. Strain shaker contents into rocks glass over cracked ice. Garnish with a fresh cherry and lemon wheel and voila! You have your (cherry) fix for the day.
[Photos: Andaz 5th Avenue/Preferred Hotels & Resorts]