kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Eve's Plumb Rocked Adam's Apple

When it comes to cool weather drinks, the use of mulling spices and cider typically signify a warmer-upper, steeped and served still steaming. Not at Nage in Washington, DC.

Recently, mixologist Galen Johnson mulled over the restaurant's new cooler weather menu, and created a tantalizing tipple that speaks to fall...but is sipped cold, not warm. The base for the drink is high proof rum that packs a potent punch. Using fresh plums, apples and spices, Johnson creates homemade cider. He then adds house made bitters crafted from oranges and that fall herb favorite tarragon, tops the drink with Champagne, and serves it in a small stemmed cocktail glass. The result is a sweet, spicy and fruity concoction that evokes sweater weather, but more easily pairs with food than warm sips (Johnson likes to serve it alongside their Smoked Acorn Squash and Apple Soup with Maple Marshmallows.) The drink's name is quite striking as well: Eve's Plumb Rocked Adam's Apple, a take on the real name of the middle Brady Bunch daughter.

I got the chance to sip one the other evening while previewing Nage's new fall menu (the Seared Scallop and Pork Belly with Celery Root Puree, Pickled Grapes and Beluga Lentil Vinaigrette is delish by the way...I loooooooove pork belly!)

Head to Nage and check out more of Galen's concoctions.