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Morris American Bar Debuts New Fix Bar

On May 14, Fix Bar made its debut as a summer patio addition to Morris American Bar.

A friend and I went by to sample the new cocktails and drinks offered at their outdoor patio preview, but the stormy weather moved the proceedings into the main bar. We arrived before the downpour really started, so we got to see what the setup was meant to look like, but we didn’t spend much time outdoors appreciating it before the storm picked up.

Although the weather discouraged people from bringing their pups, the outdoor patio of the bar is dog-friendly. There was a very casual atmosphere about it, with lots of potted plants and chic metal seating sectioned off on the sidewalk immediately outside the building.

Despite the pouring rain, the bartender, James, was a ray of sunshine. He made us our drinks and gave us a rundown on the drinks chosen to be sampled for the patio bar preview.

According to the website, a “fix” drink is similar to a boozy snow cone. I found that to be true of their drink choices that evening, which had lots of crushed ice and delicious blended cocktails with basis of fruity flavor.

Some of the drinks available to sample at the opening preview were the Maloney Swizzle, which featured rum, mint, and Peychaud’s and tasted like a smokier version of a mojito, with a lot more depth. There also was a Bramble that featured gin, lemon, and blackberry. They also offer a Bourbon Honey fix  with a hint of lemon, a Yankee Julep with rye and mint, and a Sheppard Cocktail made with apple brandy, and Crème de Menthe.

Fix Bar also features crushed ice tiki drinks, local beers, vinho verde and canned rosé . Just a block away from the Mount Vernon Metro station, it’s an easily accessible and fun summer drinking destination whether you’re hopping of the Metro after work or strolling the streets with your pup.

Fix Bar at Morris: 1020 7th St. NW DC; 202-962-0400;

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Bold Rock Releases New Rosé Cider

Good news, folks. We made it through five Mondays in what felt like the longest January known to man. The bad news? We still have to make it through February and March. It may be too cold to dig your spring coat out, but you can pretend warm weather is on the way by kicking back with Bold Rock’s new seasonal rosé cider.

The Nellysford, Virginia-based cidery’s newest seasonal cider is a sweet, refreshing drink in a vibrant shade of pink that made it seem like May for a brief moment as I sipped it. As both a beer and wine drinker, I found the rosé cider to be a unique combination of both. Bold Rock brings the best of both worlds by amplifying their apple-based cider with a fresh wine finish.

While the cider still had Bold Rock’s classic light and crisp quality, its flavors were enhanced with hints of berry – like you would find in a traditional rosé – to bring a fruity quality to the mix. Those who identify as only wine or beer drinkers can find a happy medium in the rosé cider, which easily passes as a fizzy wine or a sweet, fruity beer.

Whatever your drink preference, the rosé cider is worth a taste – and it will definitely make you feel like you’re sitting in the sun alongside friends at a picnic or barbecue, and not 40-degree weather in February. Learn more about Bold Rock’s rosé cider here.