By Jeffrey Pogash
Our “Bloody Cocktail Adventure” began at the new and exciting Union Market, where we found Gina Chersevani in her Airstream trailer making the most delicious frozen drinks that we have tasted in a long time. We tried the Margarita and the Pina Colada – refreshing with our Korean barbecue and empanada, after which we strolled to Ocopa Peruvian restaurant and bar and tried a delicious blue corn based drink, Chicha Morada, prepared by the talented Glendon Hartley. It was just what the palate needed on a hot, muggy day – refreshing and very flavorful drink.
(Pig at Union Market)
The highlight of our first evening was dinner at the bar at Kapnos, a fabulous Greek/Mediterranean restaurant unlike any other. The spreads included hummus, eggplant and roe, but the ‘piece de resistance’ was the three meat platter consisting of roasted lamb, suckling pig and goat. The wild mushroom phyllo pie was equally succulent and the drinks, made by mixologist Taha were superb. The Papadopolous was a favorite of mine.
After dinner, a nightcap at The Gibson and 2 birds, 1 Stone, was in order and both establishments served us delicious classic and creative cocktails and it was fun watching the bartenders in action as they skillfully and methodically prepared them.
Jonathan here – the impetus for our trip was the first annual Bloody Mary Bash at the St. Regis Hotel – put on by the awesome USBG DC chapter. We had a blast! Dad (Jeff) was the guest of honor, and the photos below will tell the whole story (or most of it, that is). As you may or may not know, Pops is the author of “Bloody Mary” (Thornwillow Press, 2011)- a book that is featured and sold at most of the St. Regis hotels across the U.S.
Look to this space for more Bloody Adventures to come!