Just playing around and doing something different, with 2 pics mind you, LOL!! But I went to Boundary Road on H St NE because…well, because I could. They were hosting a Green Hat Cherry Blossom Seasonal Gin Cocktail Party! Much more citrus, floral and cherry blossom botanicals were used in its making. I’m a fan of the ‘winter’ version but this is definitely lighter and a little crisper for the warmer months. I had 2 drinks at the bar.
housemade orange peel horchata, lime, lemon, simple syrup, egg white, soda
homemade blueberry shrub, thyme, simple syrup
I really need to learn how to make flavored shrubs. I just had a green apple on the other day and loved it. The blueberry in the above drink was no different. I could even smell a hint of balsamic vinegar. Yes, that was a good thing.
Me & @socamomdc @fromraewithlove and @girlmeetsglass cutting all the way the hell up on our #askablogger Google #Hangout
Girl Meets Glass attends tasting for Washington State Wines. Riesling and Merlot were the standout varietals.
*I’m not drunk or sleepy, there was something in my eye
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Native Negroni - Greenhook Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Sorel #cocktails #cocktailing #daydrinking #Sundayfunday #MCC2013
Nobody really knows why the Bloody Mary exists, other than to trick people who prefer alcohol into drinking tomato juice. But here are seven Bloody Marys around town worth a quaff.
“Sip Prohibition liquor…Prohibition whiskey…” — Nas, “Locomotive”
Though Nas may have been one of the few to ever raise his hand about drinking liquors federally prohibited by law, we do have examples of those who poured in the years surrounding Prohibition. Esteemed gentlemen like Dick Francis, Tom Bullock, and Robert Bowie were celebrated for their cocktailing exploits, albeit a generation removed. These gentlemen were members of the Black Mixology Club, a professional organization for bartenders in Washington, DC.
Their cocktail recipes were replicated, their literary exploits were celebrated (Bullock was the first African American to publish a cocktail book before Prohibition), and their overall influence upon DC, Black bartenders, and mixology in general was manifested in modern form. In true regionalist fashion, the Chuck Brown Tribute Band started off the go-go music that would help lubricate the night. Though many events are held with great drinks to benefit wonderful organizations, there are few that come to mind that are truly special. It is rare that you can participate in an activity that the true forefathers of your craft did more than a century ago, and use their memory as inspiration while packing ice into a glass, pouring the Curacao Punch into it, and arranging the garnish around the colorful, red elixir. Truly inspiring and one helluva congenial night!
I’m a recent gin convert. Before Juniperlooza last year, just the thought of gin made me want to, well…I didn’t like it. More than likely it was the result of the horrible gin (not even sure if I can call it that) I drank in college. Either way, I stayed away from the stuff. Then I attended Juniperlooza. An all-out gin fest. Gin cocktails, gin & tonics, straight gin, punches, sloe gin, London Dry gin, etc etc etc. I didn’t have a drink I didn’t like. So I came to the conclusion, I like gin! Hence my recent visit to The Gin Joint.
The Gin Joint is a bar on the 1st level of New Heights restaurant in Woodley Park. They have over 60 different gins and 9 housemade tonics on their menu. I was in for quite a night! I started off simple enough, The Gin of the Day and Tonic. It was Botanist Gin with a Citrus Cucumber Tonic. Super refreshing, could taste the hints of juniper in the gin (of course) but a floral aroma stood out. I would’ve had another, but there were more gins to taste.
Next Gin - G’Vine Floraison & Honey Thyme tonic. Being a girl of grapes, loved the grape flavor on this gin, also got hints of lavender and other florals as well. The tonic added a sweet and savory element to the drink. I was a fan of this as well.
Lastly, I had an aged gin. I didn’t even know they did this with gin. Smooth Ambler Barrel Aged Gin. I just had this neat. First of all, it had a ligh golden color from the aging. Then the smoothness on the palate?? OMG! Caramel, oak, toffee…from a gin!! My mind was officially blown.
Bartender Tim was EXTREMELY helpful and knowledgeable about everything gin. I had an amazing time there, and met a few new friends. I look forward to tasting the rest of the gins on the menu, thinking maybe a Tweetup at the Gin Joint… you wanna join me?