Ginger Love

Of my absolute favorite flavors, ginger ranks right near the top. So I was eager to learn more about Domaine de Canton, a new ginger liqueur, at its DC launch dinner at Central this week.

It's made with baby Vietnamese ginger, Cognac, ginseng, honey and Tahitian vanilla bean, the result being a sweet and distinctly spicy ginger flavor. Central bar manager Justin Guthrie and Derek Brown and Phil Greene of the Museum of the American Cocktail mixed up Domaine de Canton drinks for the dinner, showing off the liqueur's versatility.

Domaine de Canton is popping up on cocktail menus at area bars, including Bourbon, EatBar, Urbana and Founding Farmers, and at liquor stores like Potomac Wine and Spirits and Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits. The bottle, above, may just be the coolest on your bar.

I'll be drinking it this winter in sparkling wine. For more ideas, check out the recipes on the web site.