In the endless stream of “DC is cool but not as cool as New York” comments, our nation’s capital has picked up a well-deserved win.  Local, famed mixologist Todd Thraser took first place in the Domaine de Canton Bartender of the Year semi-finals. Thrasher beat out stiff competition from New York posts such as Flatiron Lounge and Counter Organic Martini Bar in the ginger liqueur’s cocktail-making semi-final .

Capital Spice raises a cocktail (poorly made compared to his creations) to his performance in the finals. Thrasher will be competing for a $10,000 grand prize in St. Martin at the end of February. 

Celebrity cocktails are only as far away as a trip to Old Town. You can enjoy Thrasher’s creations at PX, Restaurant Eve and The Majestic.

The field of competitors that Thrasher beat out: