Drinks on Me

[ 2 ] January 20, 2011 |

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After the week I’ve had, drinks are definitely in order. Lucky for me, I live in a city that maintains a plethora of pubs, artisan cocktails and specially imported liquor to quench my thirst. Here’s a quick list to get your drink on this weekend:

  • Since the temperatures have also ushered in my yearly seasonal depression, drinking in-house might not be a bad idea. Diep 9 Genever would be my top choice. The official national spirit of Belgium has made its way to the District (*its first location in the U.S.) with flavors such as Passion Fruit, Chocolate and Red Currant. Why is this the top pick? Well, all I have to do is add a little ice to my cocktail shaker, shake it up and like magic I a have a cocktail filled with all the ingredients of a good night: 20% alcohol, natural fruit/cream flavors and simplicity. Done and done.
  • Crackle Bar has opened above Tackle Box in Georgetown. All the fried seafood and oysters to fill your desires alongside Margaritas. Rumor has it the happy hour (*5 pm-7 pm) deals include $1 oysters and tomato-chipotle hot wings and $2 Margarita’s. If this is true, this sounds like my first stop…
  • Next Wednesday (*January 26, 2011) from 6 pm-8 pm, the Rooftop Terrace Restaurant is hosting Champagne and Everything Bubbly. Sommelier John Coco will dissect the fact/fiction behind featured champagnes such as Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot. For $40 a pop, you get tastes of the bubbly stuff and hors d’oeuvres courtesy Executive Chef Joe Gurner. Contact (202) 416-8555 for ticket info
  • Local 16 has a round up of warm drinks to make you want to leave your house in 30º weather: the Ski Lift (*Coconut Rum, Peach and Hot Chocolate), Café l’Orange (*Grand Marnier, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and Coffee) and Cookies and Cream (*Amaretto, Crème de Menthe, Baileys and Coffee).
  • The Dirty Martini. This has become a girlfriends favorite. Sexy, trendy and potent…and you do know I’m talking about the drinks?? Yeah, The Vesper should have a warning label attached…after one, if you can make it through one, all tension should be released. Fun bar bites help to soak up the alcohol: Stick with the DM Signature Fries Sampler, the eggplant fries raise the bar on the typical truffle fries.


Category: Food.Fun.Stuff.

About the Author ()

Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. L. Denise says:

    I read about Local 16’s cocktails earlier. Yum!

  2. Cari says:

    Hell’s Pact is a sweeter (and almost as strong!) alternative to the Vesper at Dirty Martini.. I was feeling no pain after one of those!

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