Well, I gave it the the old college try. If you’d like an deep, complex drink that was a favorite of Vincent van Gogh and Oscar Wilde, ask for an absinthe drip at Chinatown Coffee Co., which stocks several brands of absinthe. 475 H Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.559.7656.
Blue Duck Tavern’s Absinthe & Bubbles ($14) is sweet and effervescent like Oscar Wilde, with the addition of Va de Vi sparkling wine. 24th and M Streets, NW Washington, DC. 202.419.6755
It’s Death In The Afternoon ($13) at Dirty Martini when absinthe meets lemon and champagne, garnished with a lemon peel. 1223 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.503.2640.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.