"Sparkle of Sao Paolo." Leblon, stawberry red wine syrup, sparking wine and basil.

Sip on Summer Cocktails at Bourbon Steak

Looking for a special something to sip on this summer? Look no further than Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown. Head Bartender Torrence Swain and team have struck again with a new seasonal cocktail menu and it’s hot.

Like, it’s literally on fire.

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“The Legend of Sean Steel.” Mezcal, hazelnut vanilla, white chocolate, guava, lime and ginger. Served in a Big Foot Tiki mug over crushed ice and garnished with a floating flame.

You may recall our post in April, when we were one of two blogs invited to preview Swain’s spring cocktail menu. This time, Hungry Lobbyist received the exclusive invite for the summer preview and is your one source for the details. From flaming tiki drinks like “The Legend of Sean Steel” pictured above, to crazy ingredients like Old Bay, this menu captures the taste of everything Washington loves about summer.

Farmer’s Market

Inspired by fresh produce found at local grocers and farmer’s markets, Swain captured the essence of “nature’s candy” by playing off the natural sweetness of root vegetables. A healthifed cocktail? That’s the dream, people.

"Beet You To The Punch." Canadian beet spirit, turmeric, Marabelle plum, coconut cane sugar and thyme. An Earthy, yet delicious, combo.
“Beet You To The Punch.” Canadian beet spirit, Mirabelle plum, coconut cane sugar, thyme and raw turmeric juice. The last ingredient is particularly special, as this juice is produced by Postmodern Foods in Georgetown (click the photo for more information). Overall, it’s an earthy, yet delicious, combo.
"Good For Your Eyes." Herbacious lemon vodka, citrus, carrot, Licor 43 and carrot sprouts. One of the very best on the menu.
“Good For Your Eyes.” Herbacious lemon vodka, citrus, carrot, Licor 43 and carrot sprouts. One of the very best on the menu.

Refresh Yourself

If you’re more of a fruit person than veghead, then this section is for you. Lime, peaches, pears, and even rose hips capture not the roots in the ground, but the blooms and fruits of the trees.

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“Fresca 2.0.” Absolut Oak, peach, lime and ginger beer. As a peach lover, this is just peachy keen.
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“El Diablo Glo.” Silencio Joven, lime juice, rose hips, ginger, soda and pear brandy topped with a sprinkle of black pepper. The deep red comes from a last-minute pour of cassis.

Spice of Life

Sippers with a more adventurous palate will want to spice up the summer with these options. Smoky peppers are combined with fresh, sweet ingredients like basil and watermelon, creating a jubilant juxtaposition of flavors.

"Xtra Smedium." Edinburgh Cannonball Gin with is combined with
“Xtra Smedium.” Edinburgh Cannonball Gin containing szechuan is combined with lime, white pepper and a housemade watermelon popsicle for a sweet and spicy sensation.

The Sparkle in Your Eye

Sometimes a little bubbly is all one needs to put a pep in their step. Other times, it’s a reference to Champagne Papi. Thanks to Swain’s bartending brilliance, this section of the cocktail menu has both.

"Summer Sixteen." Inspired by the popular Drake song, which mentions Four Seasons, this summer sangria is served in a French Press. Rujero, basil, green tea, honeydew, yellow Chartreuse, lemon and berries are a perfect blend to sip this summer.
“Summer Sixteen.” Inspired by the popular Drake song – which mentions the Four Seasons – this summer sangria is served in a French Press. Rujero, basil, green tea, honeydew, yellow chartreuse, lemon and berries are a perfect blend to sip this summer.

Savor the Moment

What’s more summer-in-DC than a trip to the Chesapeake? With the Chesapeake Margarita, you don’t even to leave the district to get a taste of this beloved region. Plus, you won’t get crabby from beach traffic.

Chesapeake Margarita. Deleon Platinum, lemon, grapefruit, ginger syrup, and yellow chartreuse with an Old Bay rim. Its daring and delicious.
Chesapeake Margarita. Deleon Platinum, lemon, grapefruit, ginger syrup, and yellow chartreuse with an Old Bay rim. This is daring and delicious.

 

BONUS: Not on the Menu, But Hopefully Coming to a Table Near You

When Torrence Swain presents his cocktail creations to the Bourbon Steak staff, his passion is palpable. An astounding amount of thought goes into every aspect of his recipes, but maybe none more so than the Birdseye View, a table side cocktail showcase featuring liquid nitrogen.

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Swain pours a carafe of Absolut Elyx, lychee, limoncello and passion fruit into a large metal bowl, followed by the liquid nitrogen. After a minute or so of vigorous whisking, the product is a sweet sorbet. Served in a unique copper metal owl mug and topped with a crazy straw, this may be the craziest cocktail in D.C. Although it’s a work in progress, our fingers are crossed for its introduction sometime this summer.

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Despite having attended a preview before, what I witness at Bourbon Steak never ceases to amaze me. Months of preparation by Swain and his team go into the recipes, which are then presented to the impressively skilled and highly inquisitive staff. Every detail is scrutinized, with ultimate goal of ensuring each drink that’s delivered is absolutely perfect. They share laughs, they brainstorm and then they blow diners’ minds with supreme service, and in this case, summer sips.

Bourbon Steak’s new summer cocktail menu is available now. To learn more about Bourbon Steak,check out their website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter

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