Posts Tagged ‘Matt Ficke’

Watch Barmini’s Juan Coronado Hand-Carve a Spherical Ice Cube

This week's Y&H column looks at the rise of "ice programs" and artisan ice in D.C. bars. To teach me how the pros hand-carve cubes and spheres out of giant blocks, I asked Barmini "cocktail innovator" Juan Coronado for a lesson in ice sculpting. The first thing he asks me to do is grope the […]

The Ice Is Right: Is Artisan Ice the Final Frontier for Craft Cocktails?

As the 300-pound block of ice ascends from the Jacuzzi-sized industrial ice machine, its edges crackle like broken glass. Joseph Ambrose and Caleb Marindin use an engine hoist to lift the flawless-looking mass, which you can see straight through thanks to a system that circulates the water, releasing any bubbles as it freezes. Ambrose and […]

Market Research: Red-Fleshed Plums

What: Plums range in skin color from yellow-green to red to black-purple—but they also vary in flesh color. We asked Matt Ficke, bartender at the Columbia Room, for a drink that would put a red-fleshed variety on display. He suggests adding them to a caipirissima—a caipirinha made with white rum instead of cachaça, the Brazilian […]

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