Fizzy delight


It's rare that you can quote Monty Python to order a drink, but if you go to Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. or Ella Dining Room & Bar, try this one: “Bring me … a shrubbery!” Both places have shrubs on their drink menus—and they aren't the landscape versions. Shrubs date back to the Colonial era; they're combinations of fruits, sugar and vinegar that preserve the fruit and yield a tart-sweet drink. Try shrubs mixed with alcohol, often on Ella's menu, or the refreshingly fizzy nonalcoholic version at Hook. It's like a grown-up soda and comes in fun flavors such as strawberry or blood orange. Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co., 1630 S Street,; Ella Dining Room & Bar, 1131 K Street,