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The Buzz: A Cool-as-a-Cucumber Twist on a Cinco de Mayo Classic

Cucumber margarita alone

The Cucumber Margarita

Words by Tim Ebner, Photographs by Space Division Photography
– from the Spring 2015 Issue of Edible DC

If you’re drinking margaritas by the pitcher or from a frozen slushy machine, you’re probably doing it wrong. Or, at least that’s what El Camino bartender Mick Perrigo says. “We don’t use mixes. It’s gross. It has to be freshly juiced,” he says. Stop by his bar in D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood before the happy hour rush and chances are Perrigo is juicing. It’s the daily regimen he undertakes for margaritas that come with a refreshing twist: cucumber juice.

He turns this juice into simple syrup and serves it in drinks that he makes nightly. Tomorrow he’ll do it all again because he’s fresh obsessed. It has to be squeezed juice; no bottles of Margaritaville mix here.

El Camino making juice

El Camino’s Mick Perrigo mixes up a batch of cucumber margaritas.

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Warm Gin Sling

Warm cocktail

by Brenden Mulder-Rosi, Beverage Director, Boundary Road

At their most essential, slings are nothing more than hot water and a base liquor. Although we’ve spiced this one up a little, simplicity is still the watchword. In this case, we’re using two local products near and dear to our hearts. Perfect for larger gatherings, this can be kept warm in a crockpot or assembled individually. This recipe serves 1.

1 ounce Green Hat Gin

1/2 ounce Charm City Mead

1/2 ounce Clove Simple Syrup

4 ounces hot water

Mix all ingredients together in a heat-safe glass or mug. Garnish with freshly ground nutmeg.

To make the Clove Simple Syrup: Dissolve one cup dark brown sugar in one cup hot water. Simmer five to six cloves for every half cup of water for fifteen minutes or so.… Read More

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A Julep So Cool It’s Blue

By Tim Ebner

As the heat and humidity hit this summer, skip the Manhattan and order up an ice-cold mint julep. Sure, this cocktail has several centuries of history in Kentucky, and it’s the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but it might also be the perfect remedy for a muggy D.C. afternoon.

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Nick Caruana runs a drinks site called The Straight Up, a Saveur 2014 finalist for best cocktail blog. Caruana says Kentucky Senator Henry Clay is credited with bringing the julep to our nation’s capital where he introduced the drink back in the early 1800s at the hotel where the Willard Intercontinental now stands. The Willard’s Round Robin bar still makes the julep according to Clay’s recipe, but for a summer refresh on this iced bourbon beverage, Caruana adds fresh blueberries.

He muddles mint and blueberries with Maraschino to create the base of his “Mint Blulep.” Then, … Read More

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