Holiday Goodies: Shaken or Stirred?

Need a gift for the food-lovers on your list?

Cocktail king Derek Brown will show you how to mix the perfect drink. Photograph by Jim Webb.

For home mixologists looking to impress friends, local cocktail guru Derek M. Brown offers two monthly classes ($65 each)—one focusing on flavors and one on technique—in the Columbia Room, a cocktail “lab” in the Passenger (1021 Seventh St., NW; 202-393-0220), the new downtown DC bar Brown and his brother Tom own. The room can also be rented for private classes and parties (starting at $750 for up to 18 guests); gift certificates are available. When Mad Men fiends are armed with new cocktail recipes they’re itching to show off, some killer New Year’s Eve parties are sure to follow.

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>> Need more gift ideas? Pick up the December issue of Washingtonian for a comprehensive gift guide. 

This appears in the December, 2009 issue of The Washingtonian.


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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.