Small Plates: Area Bars, Restaurants Join Lincoln Party

Posted February 11, 2009 at 4:20pm

Abraham Lincoln is having one heck of a birthday celebration. Not only are local museums and theaters opening exhibits and shows in his honor, but area bars and restaurants are getting into the spirit, too.

The “Honest Abe” recently debuted at Article One (400 New Jersey Ave. NW) at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in honor of the Great Emancipator’s bicentennial. The drink, reminiscent of a mojito, is composed of Maker’s Mark, iced tea, simple syrup and mint.

The bar chose bourbon as a jumping-off point for the cocktail because the spirit comes from Kentucky, Lincoln’s birthplace. Patrons are advised to use their “Lincoln money” to buy the cocktail, which costs $10.01. The cocktail will be offered through the end of April. The Hyatt is also offering travel packages that include a stay at the hotel and tickets to Ford’s Theatre.

Westend Bistro (1190 22nd St. NW) has also done its part to toast the 16th president. The Foggy Bottom restaurant will be offering a slice of lemon custard pie — supposedly Lincoln’s favorite dessert — for a penny with the purchase of a lunch or dinner entree. No word on whether they’ll be sticking candles in this sweet treat, offered through Sunday.