The Last Barman Poet and the first person I'd want teaching me to mix drinks.

The Last Barman Poet and the first person I'd want teaching me to mix drinks.

If you’ve had a drink – correction: a really good drink – in Penn Quarter over the past five or six years, you’ve probably tasted Gina Chersevani’s handiwork.  She was part of the team that reinvented Poste’s bar menu to feature new classics made with garden-fresh ingredients, like the Basil Lemontini and the Lavender Margarita.  And she helmed the bar at Rasika until late last year, where she married traditional techniques and her own infusions with authentic Indian flavors and spices to create delicious originals.

So you can understand my excitement when I heard about a series of cocktail classes that Gina will be offering roughly every two weeks from now until the December holidays at Eatbar, the bar/lounge that adjoins Tallula in Arlington. 

Details on the classes and contact information after the jump.

The one-hour classes will run from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday evenings, and each class will have a different theme.  For example, next Wednesday’s inaugural class will focus on ‘stocking the home bar’ before treating students to showdown of the clear spirits – vodka vs. gin.  Later classes will be themed around approaching holidays (a ‘witches’ brew’ on the 29th; ‘holidays over ice’ on December 3rd).

These classes aren’t cheap – $48 per person for one class, or all five for $220 – but they offer a chance to enjoy cocktails and paired munchies while learning from one of the true innovators in the DC cocktail scene.  To sweeten the deal, attendees will leave with printed recipes and jars of Chersevani’s homemade bar garnishes.  I’m especially eager to find out about the connection between ‘bourbons & brines,’ so you can expect to find me at class on November 12th.

Tallula and EatBar are located at 2761 Washington Boulevard.  The easiest way to reach them from DC is to take 395 south to exit 8A, where you’ll pick up Route 27 north heading into Clarendon.  Tallula and Eat Bar will be on your right just after Pershing Drive.

For more information about the classes or to sign up, contact Rodney Salinas at 202-905-4215.