Cocktail with History

“Cocktail with History,” 2016
Oil on canvas, 24×30

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Culinary Washington is not Political Washington, and thank goodness for that. But there’s always something intriguing at the intersection of the two, like the julep, a drink we associate with hats and horses. It’s a specialty of the Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel — according to lore, the place we can blame for the word “lobbyist” — where, in the early 1800s, statesman Henry Clay introduced it to the city. The beautifully-appointed bar has been making the drink for nearly 200 years now. Think of it as a lesser-known monument, dedicated to a time when political compromise could be brokered over a drink.

Description by Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Washington Post. She has also written for U.S. News & World Report,, ARTnews, the Washington City Paper and the Onion A.V. Club.