It’s finally December — that means Christmas, shopping, and cinnamon-flavored cocktails. The delicious spice has been with us since the beginning of recorded history: Moses liked it, the ancient Egyptians hoarded it, and I put it on waffles myself. To start, I decided to make some homemade cinnamon simple syrup. Sure, you can buy the… Read More ‘Tis the Season for Cinnamon!
“Ah! Young people, travel if you can, and if you cannot – travel all the same!” -Jules Verne I had a splendid time at this week’s installment of Petworth Citizen’s Reading Room literary cocktail series. In fact, I had such a good time that I was ashamed to have missed several previous editions! Cocktails events this… Read More Extraordinary Voyages at Petworth Citizen
The Riggsby is a great after-work or formal space to relax with friends and enjoy some good cocktails. Ambiance: **** Decor: ****1/2 Service: **** Cocktails: ***1/2 Overall Rating: 4 Hotel bars often serve as bland extensions of their home brand, with little effort made to take risks or stand out from the crowd. So kudos to The… Read More Old Time Americana – The Riggsby
Searching for new Sherlock Holmes cocktails I was happy to come upon Nerdy Recipes “Irena Adler” cocktail, named after Holmes’ enchanting female rival from “A Scandal in Bohemia” (I wrote about the story here). The recipe was a bit challenging, prompting me to make rose water and buy matcha tea powder and rhubarb jam for the first time.… Read More Cocktails and Christmas Geese – Drinking With Sherlock Part VII
Impossibly beautiful in the low light of evening, Iron Gate exudes old Washington elegance while serving up some potent drinks. Ambiance: ****1/2 Decor: ***** Service: **** Cocktails: ***1/2 Overall Rating: 4.25 “So when the iron portal shuts behind us, And life forgets us in its noise and whirl, Visions that shunned the glaring noonday find us,… Read More Cocktails Under the Glimmering Starlight – Iron Gate
Simple and congenial, Roofers Union surprises you with some of the better cocktails in DC. Ambiance: **** Decor: ***1/2 Service: **** Cocktails: ****1/2 Overall Rating: 4 So in October I attended the awesome “Craft Spirit of Poe” cocktail event featuring twelve of the best booze slingers in DC. One of my favorite drinks that evening was the brilliant gin-based… Read More United Cocktail Drinkers Local #123 – Roofers Union
In honor of this week’s Cold War-themed book review, I decided to craft two cocktails that paid homage to two key Cold War-era summits, the Helsinki Accords of 1975 and the Reykjavik Summit (that’s Iceland) in 1986. Up first was “The Icelandic Daisy” made with Icelandic Reyka vodka, yellow chartreuse, lemon juice, simple syrup, and angostura… Read More Cold War Cocktails