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Tiki Tsunami

DC rides the wave of island inspired cocktails

The rising tide of tiki-themed bars is washing ashore in Washington, DC, and bartenders are using local and seasonal ingredients, as well as far-away places, for tiki inspiration.

Say “tiki” to bartender Sarah Rosner, and she’ll immediately start talking about her tropical paradise: Hawaii. As a kid she grew up on the Big Island with passionfruit and mango trees in her backyard.

“We would run around the jungle and eat fresh mangos for lunch,” she says. “Those local and fresh ingredients continue to influence me, which is why I’m making tiki. It’s my love for island life.”

Mason & Rook Cocktail

This bold cocktail is a nod to the Mason & Rook hotel, where Radiator is located.

1 oz. high-proof bourbon
½ oz. Cynar 70
4 dashes Angostura bitters
4 dashes orange bitters
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon
Glass: flute
Garnish: orange peel

In a mixing glass, combine the bourbon, Cynar and bitters with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled flute, top with processo. Twist a large orange peel over the drink and use as a garnish.

Sarah Rosner, Radiator, Washington, D.C.

Easy Peasy Cocktail

Lavender lends a soft floral note to this smooth sipper. True to its name, the Easy Peasy cocktail is effortless to mix and even easier to drink.

1½ oz. gin
½ oz. yellow Chartreuse
¾ oz. honey
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
Lavender sprig
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: ceramic tumbler
Garnish: lemon wheel and lavender sprig

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Full a tumbler half-way with crushed ice and strain the cocktail into the glass. Stir to incorporate the ingredients and fill the rest of the glass with ice. Garnish.

Sarah Rosner, Radiator, Washington, D.C.