Buzzed: Central's Apple Cider Martini

Buzzed is a new feature where we scout out Washington’s most interesting drinks. This week, it's a sweet cider martini with a lollipop on top.

By: Erin Zimmer

The spot: Central Michel Richard, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-626-0015.

The drink: Apple-cider martini spiked with cardamom, Jim Beam rye, and applejack

The price: $11.

First impression: Like drinking an apple orchard in one gulp. There’s alcohol in here? Really?

Last impression: Still shockingly smooth on the very last sip, yet the alcohol content mirrors “two cocktails potency-wise,” admits Central mixologist Justin Guthrie. Blindfolded, you might assume it’s another glass of pressed cider; then the three ounces of hard stuff kicks in. The flavor isn’t too boozy, appley, or tangy. It’s like the grown-up version of apple picking and hayrides. Plus, who can resist the homemade apple cinnamon lollipop garnish?

Grade: A.