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Serious Pumpkin Spice - Iron Gate is serving a pumpkin Spice Affogato. The festive dessert is Pastry Chef Zamantha Manning’s take on the PSL (pumpkin spice latte): small scoops of salted chocolate caramel gelato rolled in almonds, spiced chocolate biscotti with almond and a pumpkin caramel drizzle – all drowned in espresso, natche. 1734 N Street NW; 202.524.5202; (irongaterestaurantdc)

Friendsgiving - At Maxwell Park, 25 of the 50 wines by the glass are rotated based on a monthly theme.  This month’s theme is dubbed “Friendsgiving.”  Sommeliers Brent Kroll, Niki Lang and Daniel Runnerstrom have designed these 25 themed wines to go with traditional Thanksgiving fare. Expect to see classics like Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Gewurztraminer along with some oft-forgotten classics like Soave, Blaufranisch, Lambrusco, and 6 different dessert wines. They will also be selling a limited run of Charlie Brown Thanksgiving T-Shirts for the month ($18). 1336 9th St NW; 202.792.9522; (maxwelldcwine.com

Shaken or Stirred - MGM National Harbor has a new experience a chance for you, sip, socialize, and learn the art of mixology at the Harbor’s Lobby Bar. You will enjoy interactive cocktail demonstrations, as well as the history behind iconic American cocktails such as the Mai Tai, Moscow Mule, SideCar, and more. You will also learn how the American cocktail culture evolved over the past 150 years, from a highly skilled mixologist. All guests will receive a 1-liter Woodford reserve barrel, class is held Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m. click here for more information.

This Isn't An Occident - The Occidental has a new style, and a vibrant cocktail menu created new Bar Manager Frankie Jones. Frankie is featuring crafted cocktails prepared with ingredients paying homage to iconic figures and moments in American history. Signature cocktails guests can enjoy now include the First Lady, made with Hendricks gin, Rujero singani, and St. Germain; the New Bar… New Mule with Cocchi Americano, chamomile and earl grey tea, ginger beer, and fresh lime; and the Canary at 14,000 Ft. inspired by Amelia Earhart’s ‘canary’ yellow plane and made with Carduh Scotch, Benedictine Lillet, and orange bitters. 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.783.1475; (www.occidentaldc.com). 


Falling For Fall FlavorsTaqueria del Barrio, has rolled out a fresh cocktail menu that marrie Latin spirits and seasonal fall flavors. Taqueria del Barrio’s Beverage Director Chris Martino teamed up with beverage consultant Gina Chersevani to conceptualize the new menu, which features whimsical drinks crafted with sophisticated ingredients like pumpkin-infused mezcal and toasted pepita syrup. 821 Upshur St NW; 202.723.0200; (taqueriadelbarrio.com)

Rum A La Carte – Whaley’s is pleased to announce the addition of their rum cart, you can enjoy aged rums and after dinner drinks tableside. Beverage director Brian Zipin has curated a selection of rums from around the Caribbean. You can order your rum a la carte or mix it up however you like. 301 Water Street, SE Suite 115; 202.484.8800 (www.whaleysdc.com)