“My cocktail [above] is the ‘Poison Apple,’ a delightfully deadly mix of 10-year-old Talisker single malt Scotch, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, and peach bitters over smoked apple ice with a garnish of smoked pork belly,” tempts food writer Nevin Martel, describing his personal concoction in the third installment of the Renaissance Dupont Circle’s RX Cocktail Competition, which returns to M Bar & Lounge through December 31.
This flight is specially crafted by master mixologists Ari and Micah Wilder for Diageo, with inspiration from the individual tastes, favorite flavors and style of local notable Washingtonians — like Martel and ArtJamz Founder Michael Clements — two of the competitions’ five muse participants.
“They asked me questions about my background and experiences [to create the cocktail],” explained Clements, whose “Genki” was made with Yamizake 12 year, Lemon Gomme, and absinthe: a crafty Japanese-themed drink to reflect Clements’ former residence and interest in Japan paired with his artistic side. “It looks like happiness in a glass.”
Drawing on his culinary prowess, it was Martel’s first time as a mixologist’s muse, as well. “Considering no band has ever written a song about Nevin that I could claim as my own, a craft cocktail in my honor is the next best thing,” he joked.
And with 100% of proceeds benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network — and the Renaissance Hotel matching the donation for the most ordered RX Cocktail — each of the men is hoping his will become the bartender’s most popular pour.