Heavy duty

River City Ransom, Bottle & Barlow

Illustration by JONATHAN BUCK

In the old Nintendo game River City Ransom, enemies occasionally respond to your punches with an all-caps “BARF.” This made me pause before ordering the seasonal River City Ransom ($9) at Bottle & Barlow. It’s a heavier cocktail, with scotch, coffee, tonic, orange bitters, cinnamon, apricot and brown sugar all blending together to make for a syrupy drink that stays on the lower, thicker end of the spectrum, almost like an herbal tea. No need to barf here, unless you have too many. 1120 R Street, http://bottleandbarlow.com.