My wife, myself, and a friend had a very enjoyable meal Friday night at Bistro D'Oc, marred only by the highway robbery committed by the parking garage on 11th between E and F ($15 for just a few hours in the evening...is this NORMAL for around here?).
Anyway, back to the point: the food at Bistro D'Oc was excellent, but has been discussed here before many times, so I wanted to talk about a really enjoyable apertif I had for the first time (had never heard of it before). It was the first one listed on a handwritten chalk board above the bar, and was called Quinquina. The bartender had no idea what it was, and went to get the chef/owner, I believe, who pointed to a decanter on the bar and said he had made it himself. It was red wine based, with herbs(?) and quinine...was really delicious and perfect before a meal.
For lack of a better comparison, it reminded me of sangria, except where sangria is red wine made a bit more sweet (from sugar) and sour (from citrus fruits), this was made a bit more bitter from the quinine.
I wonder whether it was really homemade, or whether he just poured a bottle of this into the decanter. Anyone have any ideas? Has anyone tried this drink elsewhere in DC?