Small Plates: Candy Cocktails For Big Kids

Posted November 4, 2009 at 5:13pm

Equinox (818 Connecticut Ave. NW) is getting creative with leftover Halloween candy. The downtown hot spot is repurposing the treats and turning them into sinfully sweet cocktails.

The candy happy hour will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday — until the candy runs out. Try the Fizzy Bazooka, which is made with bubble-gum-infused vodka with Bazooka gum sprinkled on top. The drink smells and tastes so much like the sugary kids’ treat that it’s easy to forget it’s laden with alcohol. Equinox will also be offering a variety of Jolly Rancher martinis in various flavors.

Bar Manager Simo Ahmadi is the mastermind behind these treats. The Morocco native says repurposing candy was a bit of a challenge because he didn’t grow up eating American candy.

“It was a great experience for me to learn about all these candies. I went to Target looking for Jolly Ranchers but I didn’t know what they looked like,— said Ahmadi, adding that he had to get a store employee to help him identify the candy.

The candy cocktails will be available in the bar and are priced from $8 to $12.

Simplicity on MenuAt Occidental

Gaging the price of a meal at the Occidental (1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) just got a whole lot easier. The historic restaurant, located around the corner from the White House, has changed its menu so that each course is priced the same, no matter what diners order.

All soups and salads — including everything from lobster bisque to grilled white asparagus — are priced at $12 per dish, while all appetizers come in at $14. Guests can feast on starters such as sautéed jumbo crab cake, yellowfin tuna tartare and venison carpaccio. A host of entrees, including grilled Atlantic salmon and New York strip steak, are $33 each.

In addition to the new pricing, the Occidental has also rolled out a new winter cocktail menu. It includes seasonal favorites such as the cranberry spice, made with ginger liquor, cabernet sauvignon, a splash of cranberry juice and an orange twist. The bar is also offering several warm cocktails, including the “Classic Irish,— which includes Irish whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream and coffee. All cocktails are $12.