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Proof World Cocktail Week Dinner recap

Miss the World Cocktail Week celebration in DC a few weeks ago at Proof? No worries. You can read my Wine Enthusiast recap here. (I'll also be doing a piece for the print edition of another publication in a month or so, so stay tuned.)

The recap doesn't list all the juicy details, so here are the 10 cocktails we sampled that night. My favorites were the spa-like Cucumber Milk Punch, the citrusy and refreshing Rose's Bitter Punch, and the funky, aromatic Eye Ball Kid. But I also really dig beets, so I was loving the Alice and Vincent, too.

Black Spot Punch (Adam Bernbach, formerly of Bar Pilar)
Leblon Cachaca, Domaine Chandon Sparkling Wine, Spiced Honey Syrup, Grapefruit Syrup

"Horchata de los Sanluquenos", AKA Horchata Borracha (Jill Zimorski, Cafe Atlantico)
Grey Goose Citron, Manzanilla Sherry, Fresh Cantaloupe Juice, Marcona Almond Orgeat with Vanilla Salt and Bacon Syrup

Rose's Bitter Punch (Rico Wisner, Poste)
42Below Vodka, Averna, Grapefruit Juice, Sweetened Rose Tea

Cucumber Gin Milk Punch (Justin Guthrie, formerly of Blue Ridge)
Hendrick's Gin, Lime, Milk, Cucumber Juice

Marion Berry (Owen Thomson, Bourbon)
Rittenhouse Rye, Averna, Blackberry Gastrique, Sage

The Eye Ball Kid (Sebastian Zutant, Proof)
42Below Vodka, Falernum, Rhubarb Bitters, Apple Cider Vinegar

Chatham Punch (Tom Brown, Cork)
Valdespino Amontillado Sherry, Kubler Absinthe, Mint)

Haru No Kure (Derek Brown, The Gibson)
Hendrick's Gin, Ginjo Sake, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Lemon Zest

Fruits & Grains (Gina Chersevani, PS7)
Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Lavender, Citrus, Berries

A Trio of Cocktails (Todd Thrasher, Restaurant Eve)
* Alice and Vincent: Beets and Rum
* Sweet MeatL Pecan and Woodford Reserve Bourbon
* Early Girl 2.0: Strawberries, Hendrick's Gin and Lillet

Polynesian Parfait (Chantal Tseng, Tabard Inn)
Brandy, Domaine Chandon Sparkling Wine, Pineapple Juice, Lemongrass Syrup, Vanilla Ice Cream