D.C. "DCocktail" Series: Marvin

When it comes to live music, food, and drinks, Marvin (2007 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009) in D.C. never disappoints. A U street staple for the past 11 years, the restaurant recently highlighted some brand-new cocktails and a return of their scrumptious chicken and waffles. The eclectic establishment, named for soul star Marvin Gaye, will now feature a weekly open mic on Wednesday nights. While you enjoy the sounds of some amazing artists, you can also partake in cocktails like the Naughty Native (Crown Apple, cinnamon, clove, star anise, lemon) and the New Year, Who Dis? (Cucumber-infused Tanqueray, St. Germain, jalapeno syrup, lemon juice, dill tonic)


Marvin’s chicken and waffles are not your average chicken tenders and instant waffles. The restaurant provides you with an expertly fried chicken thigh, Belgian waffle, and collard greens that are surely made by a Southern chef. The seared scallops and creamed spinach are a great choice for seafood lovers, and the mac & cheese croquettes with pepper jam will satisfy all of your comfort food cravings.

You can cap the evening off with the “VSOPECAN,” a strong cocktail made with Hennesy VSOP, candied pecan syrup, mole bitters and Angostura, it’ll warm you up during the Winter nights, . For more information on menu offerings and their live music schedule, please visit and tell them we sent you!



- Nyasha Chikowore

6 Cocktails to Enjoy for National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day is July 24th and there's no better way to celebrate than by drinking tequila-based cocktails. Give one of these cocktails a try at home or out a bar to celebrate National Tequila Day!

1. Paloma

The Paloma, not the Margarita, is Mexico's most beloved cocktail. It's most commonly prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda and served on the rocks with a lime wedge.


  • Kosher salt
  • 1 grapefruit wedge
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup club soda


  1. Pour some kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt.
  2. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar in glass; stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in tequila, add ice, and top off with club soda.
  4. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

2. Bloody Maria

Move over vodka. This is tequila-based version of the beloved Bloody Mary.


  • 1 Lemon wedge
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 1⁄2 oz Don Julio Reposado Tequila
  • 6 drops of Tabasco Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 8 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery salt
  • 1 tsp Ground horseradish
  • 2 tsp Lime juice
  • 8 oz Tomato juice


  1. Rub the lemon wedge along the rim of a highball glass and discard. Coat the rim with black pepper.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice.
  3. Stir, and garnish with another lemon wedge and skewered cherry tomatoes.

3. Tequila Old Fashioned

Instead of bourbon or whiskey, substitute tequila and enjoy!


  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 2 slices blood orange, plus peel for garnish
  • 3 oz. reposado tequila, such as Milagro
  • 1-2 dashes bitters


  1. Muddle agave and orange slices in a cocktail shaker; add tequila and ice.
  2. Stir until well-chilled and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.
  3. Add bitters and garnish with orange peel.
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4. Tequini

Switch out the traditional gin for a spin on a tequila martini.


  • 1½ Parts Tequila
  • 1 Dash Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Dash Orange Bitters
  • 1 Whole Green Olive


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes. Add all ingredients.
  2. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a green olive.

5. Sangrita

The Sangrita is the classic accompaniment to a shot of good tequila.


  • 2 oz Lime juice
  • 6 oz Orange juice
  • 6 oz Grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 15 oz Tomato juice
  • 2 oz Tabasco sauce
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper, halved (with seeds)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher and stir until the salt dissolves.
  2. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes and then remove and discard the jalapeño. (The longer the jalapeño infuses, the spicier the Sangrita will be.)
  3. Store in the refrigerator. Serve as an accompaniment to shots of tequila.

6. Juan Collins

The Juan Collins is a twist on the Classic Tom Collins cocktail. Instead of gin, use tequila and you're good to go.


  • 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Tequila
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Freshly Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. (15ml) Agave Syrup
  • Top with Soda Water
  • Garnish: Lemon Slice


  1. Build in collins glass filled with ice.
  2. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy!

Curious about how tequila's made? Learn all about it here.