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This weekend Serenata (inside La Cosecha at 1280 4th St. NE) is hosting Back to Black, a virtual charity cocktail pop-up with the intention of highlighting Black voices within the beverage industry through empowerment, mobilization, activation and creation. The event will benefit Black and Brown Founders, Stop Police Terror Project-DC, Black Lives Matter DC and the DC branch of the NAACP.

Participating talent includes Richard Sterling (Thamee)Kapri Robinson (Chocolate City’s Best), Frank Mills and Kith/Kin executive pastry chef Paola Velez. Also, Lorena Prada, a graphic artist and designer, is covering social media, and Serenata’s Beverage Director and partner, Andra (AJ) Johnson is leading up the whole project.

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I’m over joyed to be creating for the @backtoblack_popupdc ! I haven’t created an original cocktail in a long time. I didn’t want this cocktail to not have meaning behind it so I put my heart into its creation! The Emeline cocktail has a story and to know it please follow @backtoblack_popupdc. Not only does the cocktail have a story but a purpose! Majority of the sales for this cocktail will be going towards @stoppoliceterrorprojectdc! ✊🏾✊🏾 Emeline: Lemon, Red Pea Honey, African Ginger, Brugal Anejo Rum, Float of Hibiscus infused Appleton Rum. 📸 : @ihephoto Graphic by @ljprada . . . #chocolatecitysbest #backtoblackpopup #stoppoliceterrorprojectdc #BrugalAnejo #Appleton #BlackBartender #WomanBartender

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What comes with your order? For $20, pre-mixed, two-to-three-serving vessels are available. (Garnishes, too!) Additionally, each cocktail comes with backstory information about the bartender who created it. Pick-up for cocktails and Back to Black apparel will be available Saturday + Sunday (June 27th + 28th) from 1pm to 4pm.


‘Back to Black’ by Andra Johnson

Bardstown Fusion #2 Bourbon, Worthy Park Jamaican Rum, Spiced Watermelon Syrup, Velvet Falernum, Activated Charcoal
2-3 servings
Charity: NAACP


‘Emeline’ by Kapri Robinson

Brugal Ron Anejo, Red Pea Honey, African Ginger Syrup, Lemon, Pipette of Hibiscus-infused Jamaican Rum
2-3 servings
Charity: Stop Police Terror Project-DC


‘Power Up!’ by Frank Mills

Bacardi 8, Spiced Mango Puree, Coconut Cream, Acidulated OJ, Champagne-Passionfruit Syrup, Nutmeg
2-3 servings
Charity: Black & Brown Founders


‘Ugli Chupsie Margarita’ by Richard Sterling

Espolon Tequila Blanco, Combier Pamplemousse, Agave, Tangerine, Scotch Bonnet Pepper
2-3 servings
Charity: The Black Student Fund



‘Madiba Sipper’ (Non-alcoholic) by Andra Johnson

Coconut-Hibiscus Shrub, Spiced Demerara Syrup, Pineapple, Lime, Cinnamon
2-3 servings
Charity: Distant Relatives Project


‘Black Velvet Brownie’ by Paola Velez

Chocolate Tinted Cream Cheese Icing
Charity: The Black Artist Fund


Pre-order on Tock!