The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s 1869 Society hosted its annual Artini fundraiser Saturday night, bringing together some of Washington’s most talented mixologists for an evening of cocktails, desserts, and dancing. The event was the culmination of a monthlong competition, in which a dozen mixologists created drinks based on works of art. Throughout the month, cocktail fiends sipped and slurped the concoctions then voted on their favorite. This year’s winner? The cinnamon-vodka-laced Number 9 by POV’s Justin Guthrie.
Hundreds of well-dressed Washingtonians turned out for the sold-out event. Lines formed quickly at Guthrie’s station; he was one of the first to run out of drinks. Other highlights included an absinthe/cotton-candy-topped concoction by PS 7’s Gina Chersevani and J&G Steakhouse’s dark and stormy—creative? No. Delicious? Yes. Gin was probably the most common ingredient—which is good or bad, depending on your love of the piney stuff—but we also saw cornflowers, lavender syrup, and shiso leaves. To stave off tipsiness, the Corcoran provided trays of miniature hamburgers and hot dogs, hummus-and-cheese spreads, and truffle popcorn.