How To Drink Belgian Genever

How To Drink Belgian Genever

During World Wars I and II, it was observed that Dutch soldiers would take swigs from bottles they kept on their belts before going into battle.  The English troops noticed how these soldiers fought valiantly and without fear, and called this elixir “Dutch courage.” ...
Absinthe Cocktails to Try Now

Absinthe Cocktails to Try Now

Back in college when absinthe was illegal and we had no money and no sense, my best friend and I would party with bottles of absinthe she’d smuggle back from European family trips. We’d do shots of straight absinthe that burned like rocket fuel all the way down.  Then...
5 Sidecars with a Kick Start

5 Sidecars with a Kick Start

Did you know the Sidecar cocktail was first created at The Ritz Hotel Paris in 1922, the same year that Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company by Sir William Lyons? The classic recipe calls for equal parts cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice, and in 1934,...
BLT Steak Barrel-Aged Cocktails

BLT Steak Barrel-Aged Cocktails

Washington is a town that runs on politics.  Regardless of political party, there’s going to be a lot less of all of that gub’mint work going around thanks to the Sequestpocalypse.  That means we’re all doing more with less for the foreseeable future.  To cut down on...
Taste Drive: Port City Downright Pilsner

Taste Drive: Port City Downright Pilsner

It’s hot. Not just wear-a-polo-instead-of-a-long-sleeve hot. I’m talking DEFCON-swass-on-the-sweat-scale hot. Swamp fever in DC heralds Nats games, long waits for patio tables and summer drinking, so luckily the good people at Port City have come up with the prefect...
Take a Brewery Tour at Port City Brewing

Take a Brewery Tour at Port City Brewing

by Amanda Terillo I love beer. Enough to bike to Port City Brewing Company on a beautiful afternoon. Port City is about 12 miles from DC, after a sweaty ride, I’m ready for some beer! I need those calories back. When I first walked in, I got so excited because...
How to Drink Whiskey 101

How to Drink Whiskey 101

“What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there’s no cure for.”  Whoever first uttered these words in ancient Ireland must’ve been a scholar. And the ancestor of Mark Twain and Paula Deen.Though adults and teething babies alike enjoy the taste of whiskey, it takes a bit...
Take a Brewery Tour at Atlas Brew Works

Take a Brewery Tour at Atlas Brew Works

by Danielle Boudreaux Before me was a full flight of beer samples at Atlas Brew Works which includes three small “pints” of three blends. I was lucky enough to try three seasonal blends in addition to Atlas’ special 1500 South Cap Lager. My flight included...
Women in Wine: Le Donne del Vino Italy

Women in Wine: Le Donne del Vino Italy

It used to be that the most famous wine makers were 70-year-old men. That’s changed; the torch has been passed to younger generations and to women. It is an international movement and I find the swelling ranks of women who make wine, own vineyards, or are in other...
AOC Spotlight: Alsace

AOC Spotlight: Alsace

Alsace AOC is a wine-producing region in eastern France that was recognized by the Appellation D’origine Contrôlée (AOC) in 1962. Although it’s geographically small (smallest region in metropolitan France), Alsace is one of the most densely populated regions in all of...
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