Friday Happy Hour

"My Old New England Home" cocktail

" 'My Old New England Home' cocktail" by Jenn Larsen on Flickr

Did you think we wouldn’t have a Friday Happy Hour on Christmas Day? Surely you jest. At this moment I’m sure there are many MANY people in DC starting to feel the need (and if you’re reading this, you definitely need happy hour, stat!). So I’ll take advantage of the spirit to get a little nostalgic.

I can’t go “home” for Christmas. My parents sold the family home in Connecticut ages ago, and my urban family is in Washington. So when I saw a drink called “My Old New England Home” on Poste’s menu, I got a little teary. Yes, jaded Jenn got teary and ordered a cocktail based on nostalgia for her long-lost childhood. Or at least, the one I stole from watching The Ice Storm (joke, Mom and Dad, joke!!).

Apple cider mulled with cinnamon and star anise and kissed with rum, this is a pretty delectable warm drink. It’s usually served with a cranberry foam – as I had it the day after the Snowpocalypse they were short, but that hardly mattered. There’s something so comforting about a warm cocktail, your hands cupping the glass, the scent of spice tickling your nose. The best part about winter is mulled cider, anyway! So cosy up in one of the striped banquettes, stare out into the snowy patio, and indulge in luscious nostalgia.

(Ah… just not tonight. Poste’s closed Christmas Day. Just like my old New England home. Sniff, sniff. So quit feeling sorry for yourself and mull your own damn cider!)

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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