The ’90s Are Back in the Cocktail World in a Major Way. Here Are 6 Throwback Drinks to Try.

New-wave cosmos, Jell-O shots, and more.

Photograph of Cosmo by Maya Oren/MOJALVO.

Carbonated cosmo

—with vodka and cranberry cordial—at Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley, NW)


Lemon Drop

Photograph of Lemon Drop by Kyle Arkie.

—with vodka, honey, lemon, and a sugared rim—at Crazy Aunt Helen’s (713 Eighth St., SE)


Them Apples (appletini)

Photograph of Them Apples by Rey Lopez.

—with vodka, sour-apple liqueur, apple shrub, and lemon—at Gatsby (1201 Half St., SE)


Jell-O shots

Photograph of Jell-O shots by Peden + Munk.

—in flavors such as Ketel 1 martini and tequila sunrise, served with shots of Champagne—at Silver Lyan (900 F St., NW)


Dirty martini

Photograph of Dirty Martini by Stacey Windsor.

—with tomato gin, basil, olive brine, and mozzarella—at Caruso’s Grocery (1401 Pennsylvania Ave., SE)


Espresso martini

—with Armagnac, coffee, and Fernet-Vallet, an apéritif—at Las Gemelas (1280 Fourth St., NE)

This article appears in the October 2021 issue of Washingtonian.

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.