Written by Meghan Milloy and Andrea Muffoletto
The Gibson – a speakeasy in DC’s U Street Corridor – is renowned for serving authentic, Prohibition-era cocktails with a twist. While the ingredients are always fresh and true to what was available during the 1920s, each season the Gibson creates an intriguing new menu with ingredients that are at their peak. We went to the Gibson for a preview of their new spring cocktail menu, and, with each sip, we savored the wide range of delectable flavor combinations that are now available to the public.
While the cocktails are certainly creative, with a price tag of $12 to $22 per drink, is the Gibson’s spring menu worth it? Hell yes.
We sampled 10 cocktails from the spring menu and 3 punches available year-round on the Gibson’s beautiful patio. The cocktails are mixed so masterfully that they may even convince those who have sworn off a particular type of liquor to reconsider – a theme we heard from multiple guests during our tasting. Rather than using ingredients that mask the liquor’s flavor, the Gibson leverages those that compliment it. Yes, you can love gin again!
Some of our personal favorites were:
- Brooklyn Zoo – chili infused-Sherry, Cocchi Rosa, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple syrup, grapefruit bitters, soda
- All the Queen’s Men – blended scotch, sloe gin, Cocchi Rosa, grapefruit
- I Wonder if I Take You Home – rye, Genever, orgeat, Cynar, old-fashioned bitters
- Amerikana – Bonal, Dolin Blanc, orange bitters, soda
- I’m Remy. You’re Nicki. – Laphroaig 10, Averna Amaro, maraschino liqueur, Creme de Violette, Peychaud’s Bitters
But, frankly, everything was good. Even though we tasted 13 drinks, we barely even scratched the surface of the Gibson’s 50+ drinks on the menu. We can’t wait to get back to try some of the others like “Water” and the “R.I.P. EPA” shown below. You really can’t go wrong here.
Now, if you’re going to taste as many cocktails as we did, you’re going to need some snacks. Order a few patio bites. For a speakeasy that dedicates so much time and effort to its cocktails, we were pleasantly surprised with how delicious and inventive the Gibson’s food menu was.
There are plenty of vegetarian options including the mushroom quesadillas, grilled cheese, mac ‘n’ cheese, avocado toast, chips with everything bagel dip, and marinated olives and almonds.
But meat eaters, don’t fret. The Gibson has carnivorous treats aplenty, including the jerk chicken skewers, along with Chinese BBQ ribs, deviled eggs with bacon, and the Gibson half smoke.
In addition to the 28 cocktails available year-round, the Gibson’s 27 seasonal cocktails are offered throughout the spring. Get your hands on some of these drinks before they’re gone, and be sure to make a reservation online so you’re not stuck waiting outside in line!