formosa2When FrozenTropics announced Sova’s new cocktail menu, we were definitely excited.   I know…shocker.

We were already fans of Frank Hankins’ espresso and wine bar, a neighborhood hangout where groups of Gallaudet University students share space with book clubs, Atlas Theater-goers, and even the occasional bluegrass jam session.  With a focus on quality and value, Sova has been brewing Intelligentsia coffees downstairs and serving a dozen wines from a Cruvinet wine system upstairs.  All in all, a pretty sweet setup.  But this latest development – a craft cocktail program developed by none other than Derek Brown – is a BIG deal.

chandelier-sovaLast week we sat down with Frank and company to taste some of their handiwork and talk about this new direction for Sova.  As Derek points out, there are certainly some coffee shops that have decent wine programs and some decent wine bars that also pay attention to their coffee service, but the concept of a coffee shop and wine bar that also has a top-flight cocktail program is practically unheard of.

Over the course of our conversation, they also filled us in on a week of drinking set to commence this Wednesday – World Cocktail Week.  This celebration of American spirituous ingenuity benefits the Museum of the American Cocktail (not to mention those of us who enjoy drinking them).

What’s in store for cocktail lovers at Sova and a run-down on DC’s week of events celebrating World Cocktail Week after the jump. (more…)

logoTucked away between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there’s an under-appreciated holiday that we here at Capital Spice are all about celebrating:  Repeal Day.

On December 5, 1933, the Twenty-First Amendment was ratified by Utah, at which point it had the necessary three-fourths majority of states’ approval and became law.  With that, the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed and Prohibition came to an end after more than thirteen years.

dc-craft-bartendersNow, seventy-five years later, a movement is underway to bring attention to this red letter day in American history.  Jeffrey Morgenthaler has been spearheading the effort, and here in DC he is being joined by the DC Craft Bartenders’ Guild.

What is the DC Craft Bartenders’ Guild, you ask, and what are they doing to celebrate Repeal Day?  Find out after the jump. (more…)