While taking classes last summer in DC, I enjoyed a number of excellent cocktails. My favorite was the Town Hall, named for the place that serves it. Upon returning home I concocted my own version which I am pretty happy with. The recipe is below.
Two 1/2 inch round slices fresh ginger thrown into the bottom of a shaker. ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
Add ice ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
2 parts ginger simple syrup (made by boiling then simmering 6 ounces sliced fresh ginger, 3 cups water & 1 1/2 cups sugar four about 40 minutes). ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
4 parts apple cider molasses (made by simmering 1 gal apple cider, 5 quarter inch thick slices ginger, 4 whole cloves, 5 short sticks of cinnamon (and optional 1 vanilla bean sliced down the middle) for about 90 minutes). ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
2-3 parts lemon juice. ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
4 parts your favorite bourbon. Town Hall uses a private stock Woodford Reserve. I like Wild Turkey but the one I'm enjoying right now has George Dickel, which smelled nice when I opened it. ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
7 shakes of Ango bitters. I know that sounds like a lot. Trust me. ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
3 drops orange bitters. If you really like them use 4 drops but IMO too much orange bitters gives the drink a little halo of staleness or something; 3 is just right. ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
When I go back this summer I intend to ask if my recipe is anywhere close to theirs. I'm guessing no. IIRC, theirs is more "solid" than mine. Maybe the portion of cider molasses is higher. ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
Yes. I have become a cocktail geek. Looks like I geek out about drugged beverages: beer, cocktails. and of course, coffee. ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon
I guess I neglected to say: Shake, then pour and serve. ‎· Jim: Lose Cannon