A epic tournament between juggernauts was fought on Sunday. No, it wasn’t the World Cup, but a battle of the city’s best mixologists at Quill Bar in the Jefferson Hotel. Competitors were Sal Aldana, bartender at CityZen, Clinton Terry, head bartender at PX, Adam Bernbach, bar manager at Proof and Estadio, Carlton McCoy, assistant manager and sommelier at Sou’Wester, Patrick Owens, head bartender at Jaleo DC and Duane Sylvestre, head bartender at Bourbon Steak.
Foodie intellectuals from the area sipped and scrutinized their wonderful and fresh concoctions, while connoisseurs of quality received small tastes passed around by the always polished Jefferson staff.
Xavier Herit of Daniel Restaurant made his first trip down from New York to Washington armed with the Upper East Side’s favorite drink on their menu, the White Cosmopolitan. The lauded uproar was not surprising. This crafted cocktail features an ice encased orchid served with St. Germain, vodka, and white cranberry juice.
A nice surprise winner of the competition was our local farmers markets. Many of the bartenders brought local fruits and flavors found near their restaurant locations. Duane Slyvestre of Bourbon Steak, who proudly took home the coveted prize, remarked that he incorporates many herbs and fruits found at the Four Seasons garden property in their menu. He also used them in his winning drink.
His cocktail will be featured on the Quill Bar menu featuring Heavy Water Vodka. So look out for the “Stained G.L.A.S.S.”