• Contests,  Drink City

    Cocktail Photo Contest Results

    Featured image by Beau Finley The first Drink City cocktail photography contest is over!  Thank you to all who participated – the variety of cocktails and photos submitted were truly inspiring.  As mentioned in the announcement, the winning photographers will receive a 2016 D.C. Passport.   Grace C. submitted several photos of vodka cocktails that look perfect for warm summer evenings.  Clif Burns teased us with four different cocktails in his submissions, including some classics as well as the resurgent Burmese drink, the Pegu Club Cocktail.  Rob Cannon opted for a highball, but pedantry aside, his photo of a vodka soda was too pretty not to include here. Without further…

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  • Contests,  Drink City

    Drink City Cocktail Photography Contest

     A cocktail, as Harry Croswell wrote in 1806, is “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.” And now that we’re heading headlong into electioneering season, it’s as good a time as any to imbibe a bittered sling at home or out.  But before your head is fuddled, take a picture of the cocktail that you or yours is about to enjoy.  Share your photo, along with a brief description of what it…

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  • Bars & Restaurants,  Drink City,  Q&A

    Drink City: Tania Morgan

    Part-time bug geek, former entomologist, and current bartender Tania Morgan is the creator of a number of delicious cocktails at both Church & State and Wisdom.  Her great taste and charm make her the subject of this month’s Drink City.  Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the D.C. area who are invested in D.C.’s drinking culture.  What brought you to D.C.? My husband and I both finished grad school in California in 2008. He got a post-doc in D.C., and I ended up deciding I didn’t want to work in a lab any more. I was lucky enough to come here when the cocktail scene was really starting…

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    Drink City: Van Hillard

    Van Hillard has served drinks under a number of aliases around the District: Dr. Clock, Mr. MiG (of MiG Bar), and Hassan (of Hassan’s Rumpus Room).  Ever elliptical, he currently serves as the heart and soul of the surreal, atmospheric upstairs of Adams Morgan’s Rendezvous Lounge, colloquially known as Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar.  Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the D.C. area who are invested in D.C.’s drinking culture.  What brought you to D.C.? Tunes and a desire for a new homebase.  I was playing with a band out of the South and we were routinely trekking up and down the East Coast. D.C. made for a…

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    Drink City: Franklin

    Franklin bartends at Ardeo + Bardeo on Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park.  Franklin has a penchant for creating delicious drinks like his famed Alobar, named for the character in Jitterbug Perfume, as well as a dry and sometimes puckish sense of humor. Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the D.C. area who are involved in D.C.’s drinking culture.  What brought you to D.C.? I was born in D.C., but I spent my formative years overseas in Warsaw, Poland. My family still lives over there. I returned in 1986, and went to high school in Northern Virginia. I moved back into D.C. in 2011 when I started bartending at…

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    Drink City: Dani Paulson

    Dani Paulson is currently at Copycat Co. on H Street NE.  Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the D.C. area who are invested in D.C.’s drinking culture.  What brought you to D.C.? I moved back to the DMV area after college. My stepdad had just been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and my mom needed help with my younger brother and sisters while he was away. I worked in retail for a few years and I was miserable, so I went back to school after my stepdad got home and started waiting tables to pay my tuition. I fell in love with the restaurant industry and moved to…