Posts Tagged ‘Cocktail Guess’

Cocktail Guess: I Just Got Back From Vacation. Make Me a Drink.

Where: The Queen Vic, 1206 H St. NE Bartender Response: “All our cocktails are beer cocktails.” What We Got: A Cardiff Bluebird with Blackthorn cider, Stoli Blueberi vodka, and Sprite Price: $7.27 How It Tasted: Faintly fruity and sweet, reminiscent of many white wines. The aftertaste was bland, like the seemingly flat Sprite. Improv Points […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me a Nightcap

Where: Brixton, 901 U St. NW Bartender response: I'll have to think about this one. What we got: Hendrick's gin, St-Germain, cranberry juice, lemonade, and creme de cassis served up with a lime slice. Price: $12 How it tasted: Mostly sweet, but slightly floral with a hint of tartness. Improv points (1-5): 3. A lime […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me a Drink Worthy of an Olympic Gold Medal

Where: Sidebar, 8081 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring Bartender Response: Laughter What We Got: A “Private Dancer” with berry-infused Plymouth gin, agave syrup, and lemon juice, garnished with a basil leaf Price: $10 How It Tasted: Our drinking companion described it as “Smarties in a glass.” The drink was fruity and tart, and the large, flat […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me a Ridiculously Colorful Drink

Where: Poste, 555 8th St. NW Bartender Response: “Vodka, rum, or tequila?” (We asked for anything but tequila.) What We Got: Bacardi rum, crème de violette, blue curaçao, and sour mix, garnished with a fuschia orchid Price: $10 How It Tasted: Colorful drinks can never escape their reputation as sweet and fruity. But here, the […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me a Patriotic Drink

Where: Tonic, 3155 Mount Pleasant St. NW Bartender response: “Like something you’d drink at a cookout?” What we got: Tanqueray, lime juice, and blackberry schnapps served over ice Price: $11 How it tasted: Tart and boozy. The lime juice was the standout element in this cocktail, and almost entirely masked the Tanqueray.Improv points (1–5): 3. […]

Boozy BORF Beverage Wins Y&H’s You Call That an Artini? Contest

Last night was judgment night at Fruit Bat: We, the writers of the bi-weekly "Cocktail Guess" column, along with host Erik Holzherr, owner of the cocktail-centric boite on H Street NE, picked a winner in the You Call That an Artini? contest. An average of the judges' scores suggested victory for  Scott Stead's "Bitch Set […]

You Call That An Artini? Less Fancy Cocktail Contestants Mix It Up At Fruit Bat Tonight

Join the "Cocktail Guess" crew tonight at Fruit Bat, where the authors of City Paper's specifically vague liquor request column, alongside noted mixologist Erik Holzherr and you, the imbibing public, vote on the best recipes in Y&H's artfully inspired cocktail contest. Finalists were inspired by everything from everyday graffiti to glossy male enhancement-pill magazine advertisements […]

We’re Honored! ‘Cocktail Guess’ Is Immortalized at Big Bear Cafe

If you haven't checked out our regular "Cocktail Guess" column, here's what you've been missing: our thirsty writers Alex Baca and Shani Hilton set out every other week to test the mettle of D.C.'s top mixologists by ordering drinks in either a specifically vague or just plain challenging manner. Then they rate the results on […]

Cocktail Guess: ‘Make me a tequila cocktail with no citrus or peel’

Location: Big Bear Cafe, 1700 1st St. NW Bartender response: “You know almost everything has citrus in it, right?” What we got: Tequila with cherry juice and ginger beer How it tasted: Sharp, spicy and refreshing Price: $7 Improv points (1-5): 3. Cherry is a stone fruit, not citrus. Our bartender earns a point for […]

Cocktail Guess: ‘Make Me Something Classically Old Fashioned, But Not A Classic Old Fashioned’

Location: Columbia Room, 1021 7th St. NW Bartender response: “Interesting...do you have a spirit preference?” What we got: An “old-fashioned” dry martini made with Plymouth gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and lemon oil How it tasted: Mild, with bitter citrus notes Price: $14 Improv points (1–5): 3. He switched up the type of spirit, but […]

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