Katie Nelson is no schlub next to Derek Brown at The Columbia Room. This single lady can make a serious cocktail, and play the ukulele! Perhaps both at the same time. Try one of her fruit shrubs made with fruit and vinegar, and ask her about her bees. What to order: On the Fence, with aquavit, rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters, and fresh apple cider.
Over at Cuba Libre, Jessica Ryan is the Rain Man of drinks, remembering your face and drink after just one visit. Take that, Dustin Hoffman! At 29, this professional esthetician and makeup artist is single and looking. What to order: The mango and ginger martini, with Cuba Libre white rum, mango purée, mango ginger-infused guarapo, garnished with a skewer of dried mango and candied ginger.
Julia Bukstein is a very good reason to visit Agora. This 24-year-old experienced mixologist is a fireball of energy. Can you keep up with her? What to order: The Fig Delight with fig-infused silver tequila, home-made sour mix, fresh lime juice, triple sec and agave nectar, shaken with dried figs and garnished with lime zest.
The darling of Potomac’s Founding Farmers, 25-year-old Jackie Beasley is known for being outgoing, her beautiful smile and kick-ass drinks, of course. Ask her about her chef’s garden. What to order: Bee’s Knees with organic gin, honey syrup from Founding Farmers’ bees, and fresh lemon juice, which we sampledhere.
Queen bee Gina Chersevani of Hanks Oyster Bar, the Eddy, and the new Buffalo and Bergen is single, “old enough to own a business and young enough to enjoy it!” We love how she combines all four food groups into delicious, satisfying drinks. Away from the bar, she’s a avid painter. Did you know that? What to order: The Forgetfully, Fernet, a frozen Jameson slushie with lemon and ginger and finished with a shot of Fernet Branca and garnished with a mint leaf. Photo: Washington Post.
Classically trained Chantal Tseng of The Tabard Inn is 34, married to Derek Brown, and loves to incorporate tea and sherry into her drinks. Sitting at her bar is like stepping back into the 20′s. Classy lady, classy drinks. What to order: The Tabard Cocktail with Milagro reposado tequila, Amontillado sherry, Drambuie, orange bitters, garnished with orange peel and a fresh thyme sprig.
Elli Benchimol of Adour at the St. Regis Hotel, is 35 years, married, and mom to two kids. She loves food, wine and spirits, which is why she’s a sommelier/mixologist who will get you $%#@-ed up. She’s obsessed with absinthe, so naturally, that’s what you should ask her for. What to order: classic absinthe cocktails like Death in the Afternoon and Corpse Reviver. Photo: Daniel Swartz of REVAMP.com
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