D.C.'s The Green Zone Creates Middle Eastern Cocktails and Community

Amy Cavanaugh

When Chris Hassaan Francke pours a glass at his D.C. bar, The Green Zone, he’s constructing both a cocktail and a drink style for a region of the world better known for serving straight arak.

“There’s no indigenous cocktail culture [there], and there are no indigenous spirits other than arak, and to some extent, brandy,” Francke notes. “There are...