Boyz II Men and Vanilla Ice Inspire Cocktails at Hank’s on the Hill
"Alright Stop. Collaborate and Listen," "Play That Funky Music Right," "Oh Mickey You're So Fine." These days, the drink menu at Hank's Oyster Bar on Capitol Hill reads more like a really bad jukebox than a serious bar program. But don't be fooled, this limited-time menu has all the force of a cheesy pop song or an ‘80s power ballad.
Just like their one-hit-wonder brethren, these cocktails are one-trick ponies fading into musical oblivion. That's because the bartenders at Hank's The Eddy Bar are experimenting with new cocktails that rotate out each week. Tonight is your last night to try the one-hit wonders.
Each weekly rollout is part fun and part creative challenge, says bartender Jason Strich. And there's no plan to stop the weekly drink changes. The bar wants to continue rolling out waves of new drinks into March.
So what's next? Hank's unveils its "lost but not forgotten" cocktail menu Thursday, with drinks like the Lynchburg Lemonade, Samoan Grog, Sex on the Beach, and the Alabama Slammer. And coming soon, a menu devoted entirely to slow jams from artists like Seal and Boyz II Men.
If you can make it to Hank's for tonight's final performance of the one-hit wonders, order the Vanilla Ice–inspired drink, "Alright Stop. Collaborate and Listen." The cocktail's name gets its cue from shaved ice, combined with Maker's Mark, an herbal liqueur, Benedictine, and a trio of flavors: vanilla, cream, and nutmeg.
Another favorite, the "Oh Mickey You're So Fine," is a delicate and oh-so-fine balance of Hendricks Gin, Lillet Blanc, lemon, and basil. A piece of celery shrub floats in the emerald drink, making it look as fine as it taste.
Get a sneak preview of the drink menus to come in February below, but expect a few last-minute improvisations.
Photo of "Oh Mickey You're So Fine" by Kenric Hoegler