|The Southern Senator|
The Uziel with house made grapefruit-infused vodka, local honey, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice served with Asparagus, Lemon Custard, and Preserved Lemon Tuile,
The Southern Senator with ginger puree and fresh-squeezed lemon juice paired with a Smoked Duck Mousseline with Fava Beans, Watercress, and drizzled with Bacon Vinaigrette,
The Crimson Slipper with Pyrat Rum, Campari, Cointreau, a dash or two of Peychaud’s bitters, with a lemon twist accompanied by a Fresh Bay Scallop Ceviche, Avocado, and Pancetta,
The Therapist with Silver Tree Vodka, Domain de Canton, two dashes of Chocolate Mole Bitters and espresso beans complimented by Martin’s Angus Beef, Mole Pearl Onions, Honey Carrots, Pumpernickel Tuile,
Ward 8 with Remy Martin VSOP, a splash of Chambord and lemon juice, with cranberry juice paired with a Strawberry Chiffon, Black Pepper Meringue, with Verbena Sorbet.
|Bar Chef Matt Perkins demonstrates The Therapist|
Ginger also plays a prominent role in the Southern Senator; it reminded me of some of the sweet teas I've had with a noticeable adult twist. Served on ice, the Southern Senator is a bourbon drinker's drink, with hints of lemon. The ginger puree is made in house and the drink is inspired by the tastes of a certain Southern Senator.
Bar Chef Matt also demonstrated the Crimson Slipper. This cocktail is not for the faint of heart; its red color and appearances are deceiving as the Crimson Slipper is all alcohols. Paired with an excellent scallop ceviche, the oils from the lemon twist line the glass and accent the citrus flavors; the pancetta and avocado help coat your tongue from the heat of the peppers.
|The Crimson Slipper|
For the dessert course, the class tasted a Ward 8, reportedly a favorite of former DC Mayor Marion Berry, which was sweet and spicy. The fruity notes of the strawberry chiffon went well with the Ward 8 without being over overpoweringly sweet, the air filled and crunchy black pepper meringue offered a nice texture and complimentary spiciness to the overall experience.
|Strawberry Chiffon with Kiwi|