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Fired, Dumped, or Mourning? We Asked Three Bartenders to Comfort Us with Drinks

Here's what you'll get at the Trump Hotel if you tell them you got canned.
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Using three scenarios, we asked bartenders to make the perfect comfort drink.

“I Just Got Dumped”

The spot: Old Ebbitt Grill

Bartender response: “We’re going to make it all good. I don’t know that it will be all good, but it will be better.”

What we got: Blood Orange Refresher with Absolut Citron vodka, blood-orange liqueur, Chambord, orange juice, and Sprite, $0 (but we left a hefty tip).

How it tasted: Like spring break in Cancún . . . the perfect place to get over a broken heart?

“My Dog Died”

The spot: Round Robin Bar at the Willard InterContinental

Bartender response: He asked what kind of dog we had and told us he had a four-year-old Chihuahua mix named Puppy.

What we got: Kahlúa martini, $15.

How it tasted: Sweet and brown—like our very good fake pup.

“I Got Fired Today”

The spot: Benjamin Bar & Lounge at the Trump International Hotel.

Bartender response: “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. . . . It’s always better tomorrow.”

What we got: Lemon Drop in a sugar-rimmed martini glass, $19.

How it tasted: Sour but not too sweet, with a strong hint of gender stereotyping.

This article appears in the November 2018 issue of Washingtonian.

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Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.