Good cocktails have never been within easier reach in Washington. It helps to have a talent pool where bar stars have achieved the fame accorded top chefs and are widely known by just their first names. Ask anyone who cares about what slips over their lips to list the leaders of the pack, and you’re likely to hear the names “Todd,” “Adam,” “Gina,” “Jeff” and “Derek” evoked in reverent tones. Like Adele, those master mixologists are known by one name. And they return the bouquet to the bar crowd when they’re asked to explain the city’s “liquor renaissance,” as Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve declares the scene. [Continue reading]
Favorite drink on your own list: The sherry-fueled El Cazador ($10).
Classic of choice: The sherry-fueled Adonis
Excluding your own bar, where would you rather be? Room 11 in Columbia Heights.
Biggest mistake lesser bartenders make: Not learning the subject in great detail; not studying. Scott Suchman/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST