Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar Takes a Page from History, Creates Bathtub Gin

Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, D.C.’s newest restaurant and lounge located in The Graham Georgetown Hotel, has taken a page from history and created authentic bathtub gin that will be used as the primary ingredient in their version of the classic Gin & Tonic. 

Focusing on the purity of each component, Master Mixologist Daniel Barnes boasts that it’s the lightest and most effervescent gin & tonic ever, with hand-made gin, unfiltered tonic, lemon grass, citrus, and quinquina bark, all coming together in a mini porcelain bathtub.  The presentation is finished with fresh mint and a silver straw, then served to the delight of wide-eyed guests.

The Alex’s hand-steeped gin is made using a Dutch method known to emphasis sweetness, then blended with unfiltered tonic water that is infused with lemon grass, citrus, salt and quinquina bark, the storied root with healing properties often touted in quinine. 

Both the gin and the tonic are then hand-carbonated simultaneously, then poured into a mini porcelain bathtub over two large ice cubes containing Star-anise.  The imaginative presentation is then finished off with a sprig of mint and a tall straw. 

“The expressive aromas of the cocktail are enhanced with the smell of mint,” says Barnes. “Drinking from the little bathtub is not only fun, but it allows guests to take in all of the botanicals and aromas offered in this simple but complex concoction”.

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Aperto Unveils New Brunch Menu This Sunday

On Sunday, November 20, Foggy Bottom’s newest modern Italian restaurant, Aperto (2013 I Street NW), will reveal its new brunch menu with a distinctly Italian twist, complete with a live jazz band

Chef Luigi Diotaiuti’s brunch features a unique cured meats and cheeses course with specialties including house-made duck and lamb prosciutto, chicken liver mousse and Shenandoah Peaks Cheddar. The shareable course is $15 for three items or $25 for five items. 

Aperto’s a la carte entrees include brunch classics and distinctive hearty and traditional Italian dishes, such as an open-faced egg frittata with seasonal vegetables and Tuscan-inspired steak and eggs with arugula and roasted potatoes, in addition to linguine carbonara with house-cured pancetta and house-made ravioli with burrata cheese and thyme. 

D.C. brunch purists and adventurous eaters alike will be pleased with Aperto’s cocktail menu, too, choosing from brunch classics like bellinis, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and several of the restaurant’s refreshing new cocktails, including “Ride The Vespa,” a mix of Earl Grey-infused vodka and ginger and the “Basil-icata” — a play on Diotaiuti’s home region in Italy — made with gin, black pepper-infused vermouth, lemon and basil. 

For more information, visit or call 202.223.3600.

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Derek Brown’s Shaw Bars Mark Star Wars, Kentucky Derby

Derek Brown’s Shaw bars Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency have two special events happening this week. Details below:

Star Wars Week at Eat the Rich: May 3-6

May the 4th (and 3rd, 5th & 6th) be with you! Shaw oyster bar Eat the Rich (1839 7th Street NW) will launch its first annual Star Wars Week kicking off TuesdayMay 3 and running through FridayMay 6Star Wars fans will enjoy a special themed cocktail menu, including drinks such as the “Darkside Daiquiri,” the “Sidecar D-2” and the “Yoda Soda.” The best part: Bar staff will be dressed as Darth VaderLuke Skywalker and other iconic characters and will offer guests 10% off their tab for wearing their best Star Wars costumes, too.

Derby Day at Southern Efficiency: May 7 

To celebrate the Kentucky Derby on SaturdayMay 7, Southern food and whiskey bar Southern Efficiency (1841 7th Street NW) will host its Third Annual Derby Day. Diehard Derby fans can head to Southern Efficiency to enjoy delicious Mint Juleps and the bar’s signature Rolled Oyster Hot Browns.” Race enthusiasts are invited to pre-game for the Derby at 2 p.m. and stay to watch the greatest two minutes in sports at 6:34 p.m. Naturally, spectators are encouraged to wear their favorite seersucker suits and big hats. 


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