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Make a Spicy Kale Pie for National Kale Day

Kale PieRecipe by Chef Brad Walker, Boundary Road and photography by Kate Headley. From our Winter/Holiday Issue 2014.

Spicy Kale Pie

Serves 8

5 pounds uncooked kale, remove the leaves from tough stems

12 dried chile peppers

4–5 cloves garlic, shaved

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 cup, shredded Parmesan cheese

Sauté chile peppers and garlic until aromatic in 3 tablespoons olive oil, then add kale and season with salt and pepper. Allow kale to cook down to desired tenderness, then turn off the heat and add lemon juice. Squeeze excess liquid from kale until it is quite dry. (Pro tips for this: Many people use a clean old dish towel that they’ve dedicated to squeezing greens like kale, spinach or collards–because, well, it will be green. Others use lots of paper towels to wring it dry. You can also use a potato … Read More

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Not Just for Harry Potter Fans: Butterbeer From the Gibson

A Recipe for A Butterbeer Cocktail

by AJ Dronkers, Associate Publisher & Digital Editor EdibleDC

Biscotti Schnapps III

The Gibson Butterbeer Cocktail. Photo by Jai Williams.

In a time of explosive craft cocktail programs across the DC region and along the 14th street corridor, it’s refreshing to visit a pioneer of the neighborhood, the Gibson. On a recent fall evening, I knocked on their black unsigned door just past 14th & U Street for an evening of cocktails. What I found in DC’s uber-speakeasy was an incredible team of bartenders that was blowing the lid off the concept of seasonal menu changes with 20 new drinks inspired by autumn. Our favorite of the evening was the Butterbeer that was both cozy and intoxicating – exactly what we look for during the holiday season. Here’s the recipe, thank you Gibson!

Gibson Butterbeer Recipe

  • 1.5 oz Famous Grouse scotch whiskey
  • 1 oz Biscotti Liqueur
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EdibleDC Pride Guide + Rainbow Punch

by AJ Dronkers, Associate Publisher & Digital Editor


June is a month celebrated around the globe to rejoice and reflect on LGBTQ history. This weekend is DC Pride, and DC has a long history of celebrating this weekend in high style. The Capital Pride Alliance works hard year round with a coalition of area groups and volunteers to pull together an incredible celebration of LGBTQ diversity. Here are some of our highlights, tips and a recipe for “Edible DC Rainbow Punch” that is sure to quench your thirst during this weekend heatwave.

Friday Night

BYT (Brightest Young Things) is known for throwing epic parties and they are back again with the  Capital Pride Kick-Off Party @ Arena Stage. The flashback theme is great for bringing out old workout clothes, neon colors and your treasured spandex.

Before: Swing by 17th street the original DC gayborhood and visit a number of businesses … Read More

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Cheers to the Cocktails of Summer

IMG_0301Buckle up, roll down the windows and get ready for an amazing summer cocktail cruise. We are happy to share with our Edible DC readers the full lineup of amazing summer cocktail recipes and specialty drinks served at the Edible DC Cocktail Derby on May 9. The event featured top shelf distillers of whiskey, bourbon, gin and new local craft distillers of a Virginia scotch-style whiskey. Beverage artisans True Tonics and Runningbyrd Tea were on hand to provide samples and mixers. Horse racing season inspired the decor and attire; hats and snappy outfits were everywhere. The event was catered by Poste Modern Brasserie and held in the outdoor courtyard of the Hotel Monaco.

Vendors included Whistle Pig, James River Distillery, Koval, Catoctin Creek, Copper Fox, Virginia Distillery and Bernheim Wheat Whiskey. Special thanks to Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Typecase Industries, Amarillyis Floral + Event Design, and Elizabeth Duncan Events. Many … Read More

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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.


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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