In case you haven't noticed, a lot of the faces behind some of D.C.'s top bars right now are ladies! We are definitely in the midst of a "Who run the world? #GIRLS!" moment in D.C.'s mixology scene and we are HERE.FOR.IT!
We've rounded up a few of our favorites, and hope you'll read on to see where to find them, what to expect this season and their signature drinks. Get to know them better, and then go sample their work!
*Stay tuned for parts two and three of this feature later this week
Sarah Rosner: Head Bartender, Bourbon Steak
Favorite drink offered this fall: I love the Mauna Loa Breeze, featuring Orange Bitters, Tiki Bitters, Orange Curacao, Bulleit Bourbon with a macadamia nut infusion.
Fav thing about D.C.: I love the cocktail community here - the city just keeps getting better!
Your specialty: I'm an avid gardener and love to utilize fresh ingredients from my herb garden.
Megan Barnes: Partner/Beverage Director, Espita Mezcaleria
Favorite drink offered this fall: Our Fall menu is all about reuniting with family. Our Small Town Kid is a great Fall option: 1 oz El Buho Mezcal, .5 oz Madeira, .5 oz Spiced Honey Liqueur, .5 oz Walnut Liqueur, .5 oz Lemon, .25 oz Plum Liqueur
Fav thing about D.C.: Community -- the bar community in particular. The bartenders in this city are extremely close-knit and supportive of one another.
Your specialty: Classic cocktails. I’m generally known to have a good shake. People stop and take photos of me, which is really unusual.
Gina Chersevani: Buffalo & Bergen, Suburbia, Wandering Oasis
Favorite drink offered this fall: Our fermented Apple Pear Soda, which you can opt to make boozy if you want to put an adult spin on the drink.
Fav thing about D.C.: I love watching the evolution and growth of the city. If you consider D.C. as a living organism, the people would be the mitochondria contributing to the vibrant and diverse energy of the city.
Your specialty: I love to make an Old Fashioned – it’s simple with only three ingredients. But, it also requires an experienced fitness to master the cocktail, making it simultaneously complex.
Suzy Critchlow: Head Bartender, Columbia Room
Favorite offered this fall: Chu-Hai: Shochu, Celery Seed, Pink Peppercorn, Soda.
Fav thing about D.C.: I love the sense of community, especially in the spirits and hospitality industry.
Your specialty: Sherry and sherry-based cocktails. Sherry is extremely versatile as a modifier or main ingredient given the spectrum of flavors that it offers (bone dry to rich and sweet). It offers complexity to cocktails, but I also enjoy drinking it on its own.
Alejandra Martin: Bartender/Manager, Gaslight Tavern
Favorite drink offered this fall: El Mezcalito
Fav thing about D.C.: I’m a runner, so I have to say one of my favorite things about D.C. is being able to run on the beautiful trails like Rock Creek Parkway and C&O Canal. It’s a great way to disconnect.
Your specialty: I like making Aviations, but I also love crafting cocktails on the spot for my guest based on their favorite flavor profiles. It’s always a fun challenge.
Darlin Kulla: Beverage Director, Succotash Penn Quarter
Favorite drink offered this fall: Scarlett Sunset: El Dorado 12 year Rum, Yellow Chartreuse, Blood Orange, Honey
Fav thing about D.C.: The international vibe of the city. Travel expands people's palate and their experiences, makes dining more interesting and our guests hungry for new experiences. I love it, as it’s a fun challenge, but also gives us a lot of creative leeway.
Your specialty: I love gin. I love to make a Negroni, Fizz, Last Word or Bijous.