Lebanese Taverna Turns 35 and Rolls Out New Summer Cocktail Menu

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Lebanese Taverna rolls out six new summer cocktails created by The Menehune Group and JP Caceres.

Lebanese Taverna expands their classic bar offerings by rolling out a modern craft cocktail program. The new cocktail program, created by JP Caceres and his beverage consulting company, The Menehune Group, will feature six new seasonal cocktails with distinct Lebanese ingredients. The menu includes a cocktail on draft, the Taverna Collins with vodka, lemon, jallab syrup, vermouth and arak. Cocktail purists may find themselves leaning towards the Taverna and Tonic made with gin, saffron, house-made tonic syrup and soda water.

As part of The Menehune Group’s creative and innovative strategy, the team uses Lebanese ingredients such as fig syrup, jallab syrup, cardamom, saffron and arak, a unique anise flavored spirit popular in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East.

The cocktail menu features the following:

For Fig’s Sake: Bourbon, Fresh Lemon, House-made Fig Syrup, Caraway Cordial, Angostura Bitters, Mint Sprig

Taverna Collins (draft cocktail): Vodka, Fresh Lemon, Jallab Syrup, Dry Vermouth, Arak, Soda Water, Lime Disc

Beirut Mule: Arak, Fresh Lemon, Simple Syrup, Ginger Beer, Mint Leaves

Arak 75: Arak, Brandy, Fresh Lemon, Jallab Syrup, Cardamom Bitters, Champagne, Lemon Twist

Taverna and Tonic: Gin, Fresh Lime, Saffron, House-made Tonic Syrup, Soda Water, Lime Disk, Mint Crown

Blind Date: Whiskey, Fresh Lemon, Jallab Syrup, Caraway Cordial, Lebanese Lager Beer.

Arak is a Lebanese spirit with a rich history that is not typically seen on cocktail menus in the DC area. This goes into new territory for Lebanese Taverna:

“Lebanese Taverna opted to expand their beverage offerings because today’s guest is looking for a more complex cocktail,” says Chad Spangler, Director of Operations for the Menehune Group. “We are catering to a more demanding customer with a sophisticated palate. We’re confident that our guests will be pleased with the new menu.”

The cocktail menu will be available at the end of June in all Lebanese Taverna Restaurants.

The Menehune Group is comprised of award winning mixologists and hospitality industry professionals fronted by Washington, DC barstar JP Caceres. It consists of JP Caceres, Chad Spangler, Glendon Hartley, and Kevin Rogers. Each member brings with them a unique brand of cocktail development and their own artistic vision. All members have several years experience in the hospitality and beverage industries, and have specific skill sets required to create complex and revenue driven cocktail programs.

Lebanese Taverna, a Washington, DC institution, will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in July. Lebanese Taverna has six restaurants, four quick service cafes, one market, and a catering operation. Owned and operated by the Abi-Najm family, Lebanese Taverna is known for accessible and imaginative Lebanese specialties.

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