kelly magyarics

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


DC Celebrates World Cocktail Week

DC is once again celebrating World Cocktail Week and supporting the Museum of the American Cocktail by hosting a cocktail party and dinner on May 11 at Proof in Penn Quarter. The area's top mixologists will provide sips for the evening, including Adam Bernbach of Bar Pilar and Derek Brown of The Gibson (seen above mixing drinks at last year's event), Tom Brown of Cork, Gina Chersevani of PS7, Justin Guthrie of Blue Ridge, Owen Thompson of Bourbon, Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve, Chantal Tseng of Tabard Inn, Rico Wisnor of Poste, Jill Zimorski of Café Atlantico and Sebastian Zutant of Proof. The evening will begin with five cocktails created especially for the occasion, followed by a five-course tasting menu by Chef Haidar Karoum that will be paired with five additional specialty cocktails.

If you haven't already secured your spot, act quickly--tickets are limited and are selling fast. I attended last year's event, also held at Proof, and it was phenomenal to see so much DC bar talent in one place at one time. Innovative cocktails like Gina's drink the Cereza la Fuma piqued our palates:

2 parts Milagro Silver Tequilla
1 part Lillet Rouge
Cherry wood Smoked, white pepper meringue (optional for the home mixologist ;)
1 tbls of Agave Nectar
1/2 part Lime juice

Shake with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with fleur de sel.

Tickets for this year's event are priced at $145 per person (including tax and gratuity). The evening's festivities will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour that will feature passed hors d'oeuvres and five cocktails created especially for the occasion. Proof’s Executive Chef Haidar Karoum will prepare a five-course tasting menu that will be paired with five additional specialty cocktails. Tickets for this exclusive event may be purchased at Proof or by emailing Karen Chan at

World Cocktail Week is an annual event to celebrate the anniversary of the first known instance where "cocktail" was defined in print, which took place on May 13, 1806, in the New York newspaper "The Balance." This year, World Cocktail Week is taking place from May 6th through the 13th. The Museum of the American Cocktail is a nonprofit organization providing education in mixology and preserving the rich history of the American cocktail.

See you on May 11!!!