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Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Night Flights: Sloe Gin Fizz at POV

This week's Friday Night Flight is the sloe gin fizz at POV. I'll be the first to admit that my knowledge of what sloe gin even is stems from my crossword puzzle addiction (sloe gin, as it were, is made from sloe berries, the fruit of the blackthorn, and tastes like plums). But after having a pisco sour, and thus having my mind opened about egg white foam in my drink, I decided to go with it.

POV is the rooftop bar at the W Hotel (formerly the Hotel Washington). The view is absolutely spectacular and romantic, but you'll have to put up with the fact that it is the single trendiest bar I've ever seen. The counter of the bar seats is at least a foot lower than the bar surface, the bar is backlit with a giant modern feel to it, the whole room glows black, white, and red, and there are zebra-print high chairs by the windows. Trust me, trendy was the only word that came to mind. So like I said, if you can stomach that and $15 cocktails, then it's a stunning view. Luckily, our group was there for Official Friend of DCWD The Suit's 21st b-day, which was a Monday at midnight, so the lounge was practically empty.

Sloe gin fizzes are made with sloe gin, carbonated water, simple syrup, and lemon juice. This one also included an egg white for the foam, and some other slight variations. POV prides itself on custom ice for each drink; this cocktail came in a highball glass with a giant cylinder block of ice in it. It kept the drink nice and cold, but it also made me overestimate just how much liquid I had just gotten for my $15. All the same, it was delicious, light and pleasant, with lovely citrus notes, and just enough booze to keep me honest. It also reinforced my new love for egg white foam in drinks. I wouldn't open up my wallet for it too often, but it did add a new drink to consider for the future.

Bar Review: Four Cheers (out of 5)
Perfect for: Classy people with lots of disposable income and who have a secret love of Mike's Hard Lemonade
Where To Find It: This particular one is at POV, the rooftop bar at the W Hotel (15th and F Sts NW) though I'm sure there are number of other places that have one.

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