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Summer libations in Old Town

Last night a friend and I stopped by Jackson 20 to sample the southern fare, and taste through some of Marcus Garner's inventive cocktails. I included his Presidential Punch in my recent DC Magazine article, and it was great to finally sample the drink--and meet Marcus--in person. He blends Leblon Cachaca with Peach Schnapps, sparkling cider and lemon ginger syrup, and serves it in a mug topped with a Cabernet floater. The drink is garnished with Granny Smith apple and pineapple slices, and Bourbon soaked peach. It was really light and fruity, and beautifully adorned.

I also tried the Pimm's 20, with Herradura Reposado, muddled cucumber, mango puree and San Pellegrino, served in a Collins glass, and garnished with mango and cucumber. The drink's appearance totally reminded me of orange V8 Splash, and the mango puree does give the drink some texture and thickness. I couldn't really detect the Pimm's, but it was a great summer sipper nonetheless.

Jackson 20 has outdoor seating for warm summer nights--the perfect place to grab one of Marcus' Ginger Berry Spritz or Honeysuckle Cocktails. I can't wait to see what he tricks he has next up his sleeves.