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. (more…)

I need a fix and Jay at the PX is my medicine man.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

PX is the latest brainchild of DC restaurant wonders Chef Cathal Armstrong, wife and business partner Meshelle Armstrong and sommelier/mixologist Todd Thrasher. Leaders of Restaurant Eve and Eammon’s, the trio set their sights on creating an upscale cocktail experience with a throwback to 1920s speakeasy glamour. True to its Prohibition influence, PX has no sign, a phone line that is “family only,” and is admittance by reservation only.  Armstrong and company made a concerted effort to keep this lounge an intimate experience free of crowds and noise: PX holds a maximum of 35 patrons at at time. (more…)