What to Drink at Enzo Fargione's Elisir
While there may have been some controversy surrounding the water offerings at Elisir – chef Enzo Fargione’s new Italian fine dining spot in Penn Quarter – there’s no question the cocktails are top-notch. Deciding which one to get is the only problem.
The Fitzgerald Crawford is a favorite seasonal sip; it combines house-infused cinnamon and clove cognac with Honeycrisp apple shrub in hot water, all topped with cinnamon-and-orange foam, torched like crème brulée for a carmelized effect. Just pace yourself on this one--it’s deceivingly smooth. Lighterweights would be well-advised to try the Mattie Lynn, which is a sweet concoction of peach blossom tea, lavender syrup, pomegranate liqueur and Hangar One vodka, all garnished with lemon-lavender pate de fruit.
In the mood for something more bold? The Il Precopio martini is a macho mix of bourbon, spiced syrup and tobacco-smoked cherries. We also loved the wintry touch of a Campari-soaked marshmallow in the Tentare Feito, which combines bourbon with orange, lemon and basil. One of the best parts are the steel spoon straws that come standard in every drink--all the better for stirring and sipping.
With a total of nine intriguing cocktails on the winter drink menu (PDF), you’ll need to go back at least once. Just remember to stay hydrated now that the filtered water is free!
427 11th St. NW; 202-546-0088
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