The Jefferson, Washington, DC
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The Most Elegant Cocktail in Washington D.C.
Salt rims on drinks? Passé, suggests Rachel Kling, mixologist at the Quill Bar at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington D.C. She and her imaginative colleagues are clearly into making drink accents that are practically amulets: sugary lace collars for rims, and wine pearls that act as both eye candy and palate cleaners. A passionfruit pearl garnish for a Dr. Seuss cocktail was based "The Lorax"; “they looked like the tops of Truffula trees in the martini glass,” she says. Because of Kling’s legal background, she named a flavorful, heady drink after one of her inspirations: the RGB cocktail is a nod to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the second woman to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The feminine lacy rim was inspired by the collar R.B.G. wears with her robe. It has all the elegance of a sugary Queen Anne’s lace. Blue Coat gin was selected since this spirit commemorates “free-thinking revolutionaries” as stated on the bottle. In all honesty, it might be the most feminist cocktail I have ever imbibed (e.g. floral nod of lavender honey to the Lily Ledbetter case), and a dash of “Bitter Truth” grapefruit bitters again as a tribute to RGB’s no nonsense approach. Other ingredients in the drink add to the beautiful sweetness: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc adds a grapey dimension to the gin; notes of lime and pomegranate juice liven the bouquet. But the drink—despite all its intellectual elements—is like Audrey Hepburn in style. It’s so good, it should be illegal.
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