kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Still no plans for this evening? Welcome the new POTUS with the H2M guys

Living in Northern Virginia, I feel so close...yet so the events unfolding today in DC. But it would have been pretty much logistically impossible to see the events live, so I'm happy to be watching them from my warm and cozy family room...

If you are lucky enough to be in the District, and didn't snag a ticket to one of the official Inaugural balls (which I've read are obnoxiously overcrowded anyway, with little food beyond peanuts or stale cheese and crackers, and a cash bar of what I can only imagine would be sub-par booze...) here is a much better option for cocktail lovers:

Hummingbird to Mars Presents: Secret Service Ball

Cleverly hidden on the second floor of Bourbon in Adams Morgan
January 20, 2008, 7 P.M. to 4 A.M.

"Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters. It is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head." - Balance and Columbian Repository, May 13, 1806

The H2M boys are at it again! They'll be behind the stick serving classic cocktails and punches with a little help from featured bartenders Chantal Tseng (Tabard Inn) and Gina Chersevani (PS7). To obtain a ticket visit Bourbon (Adams Morgan) and with your round order a Sherry Cobbler. No Sherry Cobbler will be forthcoming, but you will receive a ticket for the ball. Now that's what we call "counter intelligence"! Act now. Tickets are limited. If you cannot pick up a ticket send an email to Derek Brown at

At the ball, they'll have classic electioneering potions along with a suggestion bowl for Obama's official cocktail. Drop a note as to what you think it should be. Metrocurean's own Amanda McClements will announce the winner during her annual "State of the Cocktail" address. Dress is casual but feel free to go all out.

Have fun, and cheers to Obama!!!