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Congrats to Proof, PS7, Sebastian and Gina!!

Though I was out of town taking three WSET Diploma exams and unfortunately didn't get to attend, DC's version of the James Beard awards--the RAMMYs--were held on Sunday night. Organized by the RAMW (the Restaurant Association of Metro Washington), these awards recognize the best in food and beverage around the city.

Special congratulations go out to Proof, who won best wine program, and PS7, who snagged the first ever mixology program award. Proof sommelier Sebastian Zutant is fantastic. If you've ever been lucky enough to dine there and have him suggest a glass of bubbly from the Champagne cart, or select a bottle to pair with one of Haidar Karoum's dishes, you know what I'm talking about. And Gina Chersevani is a mixtress extraordinaire, whose innovative beverage program at PS7 is definitely in a class by itself, including her collaboration with chef Peter Smith for fresh, fragrant and just damn tasty drinks. The pair and their respective venues are definitely worthy of these coveted awards.

Congrats to all the RAMMY winners. And here is a recipe that Gina recently shared with me for a "healthy," low-cal cocktail:

Ant-eye-ox-a-dent Courtesy of Gina Chersevani, PS7 Restaurant, Washington, DC

1.5 oz SKYY Vodka 1 large or 2 small strawberries (mashed) 1 oz of Pomegranate tea 1 oz of lo-cal sour mix (Stevia sweetened lemon juice. Can substitute lemon juice and simple syrup, to taste.) 1 pinch of cinnamon Lemon peel, for garnish

In a shaker 3/4 filled with ice, combine SKYY Vodka, strawberries, Pomegranate tea, sour mix, and cinnamon.  Shake until frothy, strain over a rock glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon peel.