Summer Refreshment

Oil on canvas, 36×36
This project was supported by the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

It’s not just that Victoria Lai has the most interesting ice cream flavors in Washington. She might pair Snickers and snickerdoodles, or pumpkin and honeycomb. And then there’s the great culinary wink to Washington: Marionberries. But really, it’s that there’s always something a little subversive about ice cream with booze in it. I’ll take my gin and tonic — or dark and stormy, or grapefruit and Campari — in a cone, please.

Description by Maura Judkis. Maura covers culture, food, and the arts for the Washington Post. She has also written for U.S. News & World Report,, ARTnews, the Washington City Paper and the Onion A.V. Club.