Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

Summer in the Washington region is a time for crabs, watermelons and barbecues, but lately, new culinary trends are entering the local palate. From new takes on nostalgic treats –like boozie juice boxes and cook-at-your-table s’mores– to traditional favorites like mumbo sauce and orange crushes, we get a taste of the region’s seasonal flavors.


  • Victor Albisu Chef and Owner, Poca Madre and Taco Bamba; @VictorAlbisu
  • Diane Gross Co-owner, Cork Wine Bar and Market; @CorkDC
  • Laura Hayes Food Editor, Washington City Paper; @LauraHayesDC

Taco Bamba's Grilled Guacamole

Serves 4-6
Active Time: 12-15 minutes


5 avocados
2 small Roma tomatoes
2 jalapeño or Serrano Chili
1 small red onion
3 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 small cloves minced or smashed garlic
2 limes


1. Cut the avocados in half around the seed. Remove the seed and lay avocado flesh side down on a hot grill or cast iron pan on medium heat.
2. Slice Roma tomatoes in half.
3. Slice onions into 1-inch rounds.
4. Cut the limes and grill lime flesh side down on a hot grill or cast iron pan.
5. Grill or char chilies, tomatoes, limes and onions.
6. Leave the vegetables on the grill or pan. Allow them to blister and develop a burnt texture or crust.
7. Remove the avocados once the flesh is dark, caramelized and black in some places.
8. Scoop out and smash the avocado.
9. Once each vegetable has been charred but not cooked (there should still be some raw part of the tomato onion or chilies), remove from grill or pan and dice.
10. Combine vegetables with the smashed avocado, cilantro, the juice of the grilled lime and chopped garlic.
11. Season and serve.

Cork Wine Bar and Market's Grilled Corn Salad


7-8 ears of fresh yellow corn on the cob
1/2 cup roasted Cork oil-cured tomatoes, finely diced
1/2 cup grilled onions (the veggie sandwich onions), finely diced
1/3 bunch green onions, finely diced on a bias, only the green tops
½ small bunch cilantro, chiffonade
2-3 limes, juiced
Extra virgin olive oil


1. Take the corn out of the husks and remove as much of the silk as possible
2. Toss corn in oil and season with salt and pepper.
3. Grill until kernels around the whole cob are very dark.
4. Set corn aside to cool.
5. Remove kernels from the cob with knife, put in a medium sized bowl.
6. Add all remaining ingredients, add cilantro to taste.
7. Mix well.
8. Taste and season, adding lime juice, and extra virgin olive oil to taste to make it shiny and bright.

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