Author Archive for Eric Fidler

Cocktail Guess: “Make Me Something Bitter”

Where: Bandolero, 3241 M St. NW Bartender Response: “We have a few drinks, but we’re out of the Bitter Handshake.” What We Got: An El Capo made with Fidencio mezcal, Campari, Carpano Antica vermouth, and two dashes of Laphroaig scotch. Price: $14 How It Tasted: Mildly bitter with an undeniably smoky and peaty aftertaste. Improv […]

Cocktail Guess: “Make Me Something to Warm Me Up”

Where: Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, 1847 Columbia Road NW Bartender Response: “I can make an Irish coffee.” What We Got: An Irish coffee made with coffee, Jameson whiskey, and Bailey’s Irish Cream, and topped with whipped cream. Price: $10 How It Tasted: Despite the sweetness of the cream, the strong coffee and strong whiskey provided […]

Cocktail Guess: “Make Me Something With Brandy”

Where: Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW Bartender Response: “We have a really strong Czech plum brandy.” What We Got: A Velvet Revolution made with slivovice (Czech plum brandy), plum juice, and ice Price: $10 How It Tasted: Sweet like a plum, and reminiscent of a purple lollipop Improv Points (1–5): 4. Plums? Now there’s […]

Cocktail Guess: “Make Me Something with Campari”

Where: Café Saint-Ex, 1847 14th St. NW Bartender Response: “A Campari and soda?” We pressed for something more creative. What We Got: A Negroni made with gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, garnished with a cherry and orange slice Price: $9.09 How It Tasted: Surprisingly heavy on gin Improv Points (1-5): 3. A Negroni is a […]

Cocktail Guess: “Make Me a Champagne Cocktail”

Where: Farmers Fishers Bakers, 3000 K St. NW Bartender Response: “Maybe something fruity?” We opted for “something unusual.” What We Got: Champagne and absinthe garnished with lemon peel Price: $14 How It Tasted: Absinthe added a strong anise flavor and paired well with the dry Champagne. The scent of lemon peel on the rim and […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me a Drink for Christmas

Where: Maple, 3418 11th St. NW Bartender Response: “It was a dark and stormy night before Christmas.” What We Got: A Dark and Stormy with dark rum and Fever-Tree ginger beer Price: $10 How It Tasted: Generous with the ice, cold as a white Christmas, and heavy on the ginger Improv Points (1–5): 3. Perfect […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me Something With Grenadine

Where: Boundary Stone, 116 Rhode Island Ave. NW Bartender response: “Do you like O.J.?” We passed on the O.J. What we got: Whiskey, ginger syrup, and grenadine. Price: $3.18 How it tasted: Like straight grenadine. The drink was more reminiscent of Cheerwine soda than a cocktail. Improv points (1-5): 1. “Something with grenadine” doesn’t mean […]