Monday, July 03, 2006

Art and the Drink

After a 5-year renovation, the Portrait Gallery has re-opened its doors in downtown Washington, DC. The breathtaking space immortalizes people who have impacted American society. Rosa Parks, George Washington, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol are but a few diverse and notable figures who peer back at spellbound visitors.

Some of the bars and restaurants around Penn Quarter celebrate the Smithsonian’s newest and brightest jewel by creating cocktails in honor of the neighborhood museum.

Here are a few places to wet your whistle after a stroll through the gallery:

Zaytinya, 701 9th Street NW

1-1/2 oz. Hangar Mandarin Blossom Vodka
3/4 oz. Peach Schnapps
Splash Blue Curacao

Shake vodka, peach schnapps and blue curacao with ice. Pour into martini glass. Top with apricot foam.

Jaleo, 480 7th Street, NW

2-1/2 oz. Fino Sherry
Splash fresh lime-juice

Pour all ingredients into a tall glass, over ice.

Café Atlantico, 405 8th Street, NW

1-1/2 oz. rum
2-1/2 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime-juice
cotton candy

Place cotton candy into glass. Pour shaken ingredients over the cotton candy, as it dissolves. The art is in the execution!

*All photos taken by Moshe Zusman

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