Something for the weekend: retro cocktails at Hank’s on the Hill

The Alabama Slammer (left) and the Blue Hawaiian will be available at Hank's on the Hill until Feb. 12. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
The Alabama Slammer (left) and the Blue Hawaiian will be available at Hank's on the Hill until Feb. 12. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Bartenders Jason Strich and Michael Saccone have an ambitious agenda at Hank's on the Hill: They debut an entirely new cocktail menu every Thursday night, based around a specific theme.

For this week's list, the duo decided to revisit "Lost But Not Forgotten Cocktails" – much-maligned '70s and '80s college drinks that include the Alabama Slammer and Sex on the Beach. Unsurprisingly, Stritch and Saccone have managed to breathe new life into these tired (and usually awful) drinks.

The Alabama Slammer was bright, sweet and juicy, thanks to freshly pureed peaches and hand-squeezed oranges, as well as quality rye whiskey; a Blue Hawaiian was anything but a corny Trader Vic drink, taking its color from house-made blue curacao, which actually smelled like oranges and fragrant coconut and pineapple juices.

Cocktails cost $12. You'll pay $1 more for the bottled cocktails, which are aged and served in six-ounce glass bottles. The vodka-based wine cooler, dubbed "Spring Break Lake Havasu '92 Was Epic, Bro" lived up to its name (and its pink color), and their take on "Lynchburg Lemonade" involved Jack Daniel's, tea and a house-made citrus soda. I could have had three or four – just like in the old days.

Hank's on the Hill, 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-733-1971.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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