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Lotus Lounge
1420 K St. NW

Vodka
Peach schnapps
Peach nectar
Cranberry juice
Orange juice
Pineapple juice
A splash of grenadine
…and garnished with radish OR cucumber

Brian’s take: I got lucky at the lovely lysergic Lotus Lounge. Now, now, now—get your mind out of the gutter. My luck was wholly wholesome, and came in the guise of a zig-zaggy, spring-like coil of cucumber as a garnish in my Wild Orchid artini. While all of my fellow tasters had some kind of radish contraption floating in their drinks, for some reason I got this curious green little fellow. I have to say, I tasted the other artinis, and my cuke made it markedly better. I could feel the nutrients being digested by my saliva-liva-liva-liva-liva:::::::::::::::::::cucumber::::::::::::::::fresh crunchy springy twirly swirly whirly artsy fartsy tini weenie Lotusssssssss……The Wild Orchid.

On a scale of 1 to 5 olives: 3

Ted’s take: Creme tangerine and Montélimar–a ginger sling with a pineapple heart– a coffee dessert, yes you know it’s good news…but you’ll have to have them all pulled out after the Wild Orchid.

Cool cherry cream, nice apple tart–I feel your taste all the time we’re apart. Coconut fudge–really blows down those blues…but you’ll have to have them all pulled out after the Wild Orchid!

George Harrison, sometime guru and veteran of many trips, was not present on Tuesday night at the Lotus Lounge. Had he been in attendance, he would have found the Wild Orchid a drink of gooey delectation and thoroughly psychedelic impact. It requires a certain brand of alchemy to fit that many fruit flavors into one glass, but–dig this, man, it was like they all combined to make up, like, one fruit…far out?

On a scale of 1 to 5 olive branches: 3.25