District American Kitchen and Wine Bar – spring 2014 Cocktail is one of two to be featured. We will feature the second one in two days. 

This was  created by District American Kitchen and Wine Bar mixologist, Matt Tobey.

Urban Switchel – A popular early American cooler, it combines molasses, ginger, apple cider vinegar, apple cider and dark rum.


Wayne Curtis, liquor writer and historian: “You can trace vinegar drinks back to the 18th century. The berries and fruits came and went so quickly, that people used vinegar as an acid to preserve them. With the addition of sugar and water, refrigeration-bereft American pioneers had a tart, bracing beverage. Of course, it wasn’t long before someone realized that shrubs made dandy mixers. You threw in some rum or whiskey, and that has a nice effect as well.”




  • 1 ½ ounce Arroyo vodka
  • ½ ounce apple basil vinegar*
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • 4 ½ ounce Hornby’s Hard Amber Cider beer
  • 2 dehydrated apple chips


Preparation:  Add vodka, vinegar and agave nectar into a shaker and stir slightly. Pour over ice and top with Hornsby’s Hard Amber Cider beer. Garnish with two apple chips.


*For the apple basil vinegar: Fill a glass jar ¾ with fresh apple slices, basil, figs, and grapes. Next fill the jar completely with apple vinegar. Let the jar sit tightly closed in a fridge for two months.


The Urban Switchel cocktail will be available for $12 at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar throughout the spring season. Photo Credit: Kelley Karnes.

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar is designed to meld into the fabric of the downtown Phoenix core, embracing its inherent energy with open-air patio seating, local artwork, and live entertainment or DJs. Open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, the restaurant serves the best of innovative American heritage cuisine, wines, beers, and classic cocktails. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar features a rooftop garden, supports local food purveyors, and offers a wide selection of sophisticated yet accessible regional fare. Patrons can expect new twists on classic favorites as well as traditional favorites reinvented. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar is located at the northwest corner of Third Street and Van Buren in the heart of downtown Phoenix. For restaurant reservations, please call (602) 817-5400 or visit www.districtrestaurant.com. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/district.kitchen



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