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When pop-up Middle Eastern cocktail bar The Green Zone first launched, they proudly poured “Fuck ISIS Punch.” After Donald Trump secured the presidential nomination, the punch was renamed “Fuck Trump Punch.” And given inauguration weekend’s sucker-punch-watched-around-the-world, the drink will take on yet another moniker tonight.
While America’s most notorious white supremacist of the moment ices that shiner, The Green Zone’s event tonight at Zeba Bar will feature “Richard SpencerPunch.” Dubbed “Nasty Niswan and Bad Shabab Unite!,” the 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. gathering will feature an Arabic menu whose title translates as “Resistance Cocktails.”
“The Green Zone started out as rather nonpartisan, but now I’ve found that inappropriate, and we have to speak up for rights, justice, and progressivism,” says owner Chris Hassaan Francke. “I was super inspired by the magnitude, solidarity, and unity I saw at the Women’s March, hence the ‘Sun Ladies’ cocktail.”
He’s referring to the pink “Sun Ladies Brigade” drink that also makes its debut tonight. Francke explains that it’s named after the Kurdish Yezidi women soldiers from Sinjar in Northern Iraq. They were enslaved and raped by ISIS, but defeated their captors and formed a militia.
“It’s dedicated to all Kurdish women fighters who are leading the charge against ISIS across Kurdistan,” he says. The drink contains fig eau de vie (figs are popular in the Sinjar area), hibiscus (used in a popular hot drink in some parts of Iraqi Kurdistan), and ultra-raw honey from Iraqi Kurdistan.
Another new cocktail is the “Human Rights, Human Love,” which combines cognac, grape molasses, and sour grape paste. Francke just returned from Lebanon, and some of the ingredients in this drink made their way back in his suitcase. (Full menu below.)
Tonight’s pop-up will also feature a raffle whose proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. Tickets are $5, and prizes include Palestinian wine, a gift certificate to The Green Zone, bottled pistachio syrup, and more.
Finally, bring a photo proving you were at the Women’s March and get a free shot of punch.
The Green Zone will be popping up at Zeba Bar every Tuesday until further notice.
Zeba Bar, 3423 14th St. NW; (202) 506-4603; facebook.com/thegreenzonedc/