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What: Big Bang Against the Wall with Neisson Rhum Agricole 105 Proof, Galliano, orange juice, and lemongrass syrup
Where: Sakerum, 2204 14th St. NW; (202) 518-2222; sakerum.com
What You Should Be Drinking: During the 1970s, the Harvey Wallbanger—served on a mirrored tray—was the go-to cocktail at parties hosted in shag carpeted, fern-filled sunken living rooms. At the Latin-Asian fusion lounge on 14th Street, cocktail consultant Gina Chersevani’s update takes a sip trip to Asia in a drink named for a South Korean boy band. Neisson Rhum Agricole 105 Proof is shaken with orange juice, Galliano (an Italian sweet herbal liqueur with a bright yellow color and distinctive vanilla flavor), and syrup steeped in chopped lemongrass stalks.
Why You Should Be Drinking It: Back in the “Me Decade,” everyone had a tall slender bottle of Galliano hanging out in the corner of their apartment. But it’s fallen out of favor, and today it’s hard to find Galliano collecting dust on a bar shelf, let alone on the cocktail menu. Sure it’s on the sweet side, but the funky combination of anise, juniper, cinnamon, musk yarrow, lavender, and peppermint is also nostalgic and fun. Vegetal rhum agricole from Martinique dries out the drink, and lemongrass mixes well with the liqueur’s vanilla top note. Order it confidently, not ironically, along with the Yaki Tako, Sakerum’s grilled octopus with citrus, mango, and orange picante.