Fall Cocktails: Capella D.C.’s Jack Rose Cocktail

It’s finally time to breathe in the crisp autumn air! Goodbye sun-kissed tans, sipping rosé on rooftops, spending weekends at the beach, and hello pumpkin spice lattes, scarves, boots, and spending cozy nights by the fireplace. Fall is especially gorgeous in D.C. and wonderful time to visit the city.  I look forward to seeing the beauty and natural surroundings of the C&O canal from Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown.

With the seasons changing, , it’s time to switch out my cocktail list and introduce some cool weather concoctions featuring the flavors of the season.  Rye Bar Bartender Cecilio knew exactly how to indulge my love for fall when he made me a Jack Rose Cocktail. The combination of citrus and pomegranate were so full of sugar and spice, that I knew I had to share the recipe with you.  Luckily, Cecilio gave me an easy, “do-it-yourself” version that you can make at home for your friends and family.

Jack Rose Cocktail

Jack Rose Set Up


  • Laird Apple Jack Liquor -2 oz.
  • Lime Juice – ¾ oz.
  • Grenadine – ¾ oz.


Step One: Combine all ingredients in a shaker

Cecilio step 1

Step Two: Shake the shaker for approx. 30 seconds, or until the shaker is frosted and cold

Cecilio stirred

Step Three: Strain the mixture into a martini glass

Jack Rose Cocktail

Finito! Now you are all set to fall into fall!  If you’re able to visit Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, Cecilio and the team will be sure to have one of these delicious cocktails ready for you in the Rye Bar. I would love to see you share your version of the Jack Rose Cocktail on social media!  Or tell me about some of your favorite fall cocktails.  Just be sure to tag @CapellaDC so I can share your photos with the rest of my followers!

Capella Washington D.C.’s Gin Cobbler Cocktail

Nothing says “summer!” like a refreshing iced cocktail on a warm day. Here at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, our bartenders at The Rye Bar and our Rooftop Bar and Lounge are especially known for their delicious and creative creations. In my opinion, you can do no wrong when it comes to ice cold beverages during the summer, but I wanted to try something unique and different than what I typically make at home.  I knew just the person in The Rye Bar to go to for an easy and fun recipe.

Bartender Andrew always knows just what to suggest and this time he didn’t hesitate in offering a Gin Cobbler Cocktail.  As soon as I tried it, I knew I wanted to serve it at my summer cookout.  Fortunately, our bartenders love to share and I can now pass the delicious recipe along to you.

Gin Cobbler Cocktail

1½ ounces Gin (The Rye Bar uses London Dry)
½ ounce Orange Curacao (The Rye Bar uses Pure Ferrand)
¼ ounces Simple Syrup
½ Wheel slice of an orange
½ Wheel slice of a lemon
Crushed Ice

Ingredients - Gin Cobbler


1. Combine all liquors in a julep cup.

pouring cocktail

2. Lightly muddle the orange and lemon wheel slices together.

Andrew - Muddle

3. Pour mixture over the muddled fruit.

Andrew - Gin Cobbler finished cocktail

4. Fill glass with crushed ice and garnish with mint, berries, and an orange wheel slice.


Et Voila! Now you have a refreshing Gin Cobbler Cocktail, perfect for any summertime occasion! If you want to visit Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, I’ll be sure to save you one of these while we are relaxing and soaking up the Georgetown city views from our gorgeous Rooftop Bar and Lounge! Otherwise, give our recipe a try at home and share your version with us on social media @CapellaDC so I can share them with our community! Hope you’re all enjoying your summer!

Meet Pastry Chef of The Year, Aggie Chin

Life is short…eat dessert first!  This is probably one of my favorite mantras.  Following this mantra is especially easy when you have Aggie Chin, creating delicious one-of-a-kind desserts in Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown’s The Grill Room.  But don’t take my word for it!  Chef Aggie, was just named “Pastry Chef Of The Year” by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Aggie RAMMY SelfieThe Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the D.C. metro area.  The RAMMY Awards Gala honors exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and the region’s restaurants.  It was truly a wonderful night witnessing Chef Aggie being honored for her dedication to the industry as well as celebrating her remarkable achievements!

Aggie Chin - RAMMY

Chef Aggie has been a mastermind behind delicious and delectable desserts for many years prior to joining our Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown family.  Aggie spared no time adding whimsical and creative dessert menu options to The Grill Room, welcoming exotic flavors and fresh seasonal mixes to everyone’s palate.  To set a True Capella experience for everyone, Chef Aggie wanted to curate a unique experience for the evolving desserts menu, “My vision for The Grill Room’s new dessert menu matches the welcoming atmosphere of Capella while adding exciting elements reflecting the bustling diverse metropolis of D.C.”

Aggie Chin Headshot

We are all very proud of Chef Aggie’s accomplishments, so I am delighted to share with you an easy spinoff cocktail that draws inspiration from Bubble, Pop, Electric, one of her most popular desserts.

Bubble, Pop, Electric

Make At Home: Bubble, Pop, Electric – The Cocktail (or Mocktail!) – Serves 4


  • 1 cup (8 oz) of strawberries. Clean and chopped
  • 5 cup of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • A bag of pop rocks candy (Optional)


  • Add all ingredients in a blender and puree together
  • Disperse mixture in a popsicle mold (You can use ice cube trays as well)
  • Freeze in a freezer overnight
  • Rim glass with pop rocks candy
  • Add frozen mixture into a glass and pour over either sparkling water (for a mocktail) or champagne (for a cocktail)
  • Garnish with fresh strawberry

And of course, if you just have to have the real thing, come by The Grill Room and Chef Aggie will share some of her culinary magic with you.  Always save room for dessert!  Enjoy!

Cinco De Mayo con Margaritas de Mango

En México somos bien conocidos por nuestra naturaleza festiva y alegre, y sinceramente no podemos decir que no a ninguna excusa para celebrar la vida y a las personas cercanas a nosotros.  Como se aproxima el Cinco de Mayo, y hay muchas festividades planeadas principalmente con nuestros vecinos del norte, me gustaría tomar esta oportunidad para compartirles algunos de los planes que tenemos para celebrar esta fecha aquí en Capella Ixtapa.  Yo estoy principalmente emocionada con el cocktail creado específicamente para la ocasión por nuestro mixólogo Miguel, ¡Y no puedo esperar más para compartirlo con ustedes!

Hay mucho más que guacamole, nachos y tequila durante las celebraciones del Cinco de Mayo, que contrario a los que muchos creen no es el Día de la Independencia de México, el cual es en Septiembre 16.  En Mayo 5 se celebra a batalla de Puebla, la cual conmemora la victoria del ejército mexicano sobre el ejército francés.  En Mayo de 1862, un poderoso ejército francés avanzaba hacia la Ciudad de México.  Los franceses se encontraban bien armados, disciplinados y eficientemente habían destruido cualquier resistencia en su avanzar a la capital mexicana.  Sin embargo, al llegar a las afueras de Puebla, sucedió algo que nadie esperaba:  Soldados mexicanos, la mayoría de ellos sin ningún entrenamiento formal y con un armamento bastante deficiente, derrotaron a los franceses.

La verdad es, que el Cinco de Mayo es mayormente una fiesta regional celebrada en la ciudad y el Estado de Puebla, con un modesto reconocimiento a nivel nacional en México.  Sin embargo, aquí en Capella Ixtapa ¡no podemos decirle que no a ninguna celebración!  Nuestro mixólogo Miguel amablemente nos comparte su receta para uno de sus cocteles más populares, la Margarita de Mango:


Margarita de Mango


• 1.5 oz.  Tequila Maestro Tequilero reposado
• 1.5 oz.  Jugo de naranja
• 1 oz.   Cointreau
• Néctar de agave
• Jarabe o concentrado de mango
• Sal para escarchar


• Escarchar el vaso con sal y llenarlo de hielo.
• Añadir tequila, jugo, Cointreau, jarabe de agave y de mango en una coctelera shaker y agitar vigorosamente.
• Sirve el contenido sobre hielo (cubos o frappe).
• Decora con una fruta estrella o con una flor de bougainvillea.

Salud y feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Unser Cocktail Herrenschokolade in der Capella Bar

Als ich gestern durch die Düsseldorfer Einkaufsstraßen lief und mir ein kalter Wind ins Gesicht wehte, musste ich mir eingestehen, dass der Herbst nun auch bei uns angekommen ist. Die Rheinpromenade sieht in dieser Jahreszeit besonders schön aus, denn mit den bunten Blättern sieht sie aus wie eine goldene Straße. Ich genoss meinen Rheinspaziergang sehr und um mich danach aufzuwärmen, entschied ich mich dazu die Capella Bar im Breidenbacher Hof aufzusuchen und zu sehen, ob meine Kollegen mir einen ihrer Cocktailkreationen empfehlen können.

Zum Glück konnte mir Carsten, einer unserer Barkeeper, ein Getränk empfehlen, welches die Vorfreude auf die kältere Jahreszeit steigert. Die Herrenschokolade kombiniert Aromen von einem Single Malt Scotch Whisky mit dunkler Schokolade, welche den Geschmack und die Nuancen des zwölfjährigen Whiskys verstärkt. Ich mochte besonders, wie die beiden Elemente miteinander harmonieren. Für diejenigen unter Euch, welche den speziellen Geschmack dieses besonderen Cocktails probieren möchten und keine Zeit haben, in unserer Capella Bar vorbeizuschauen – hiermit könnt ihr den Cocktail selber mixen:




4 cl 12 Jahre alter Dreifach Destillierter Auchentashan Single Malt Scotch Whisky

2 cl Frangelico Likör

2 cl Mozart Schokoladen Spirit

Ein Tropfen eines im Barrique gereiften Whiskys



Die Zubereitung des Cocktails ist genauso, wie ich es mag: einfach! Fülle Eiswürfel in ein Glas und füge die Zutaten nacheinander hinzu. Wichtig zu wissen ist, dass der Tropfen eines im Barrique gereiften Whiskys nicht zwingend nötig ist, um diesen Coktail zu genießen. Verrühre die Zutaten und fülle das Glas mit Eiswürfeln auf. Sobald dir der Geschmack gefällt, kannst Du den Cocktail mit Schokolade garnieren. Viel Spaß!

Wenn Du in Düsseldorf bist, dann empfehle ich definitiv einen Besuch der Capella Bar um den Cocktail auszuprobieren. Folge @CapellaBBH bei Twitter und gewinne einen Cocktail als Teil unserer #CapellaBarMonday Aktion.


Summer Cocktails At Capella Bar

Here at the Breidenbacher Hof’s Capella Bar there is always a new cocktail to try.  Recently, a regular guest sat at the bar and observed as Marc, our mixologist, concocted his newest summer cocktails.  Marc, seeing the guest’s interest, invited him to try one of his creations and provide feedback.  Together Marc and the guest adjusted the cocktail until both agreed the perfect summer cocktail had been created.

The cocktail, named Limón à la Romana after the helpful guest, is now a featured cocktail on the menu.  And lucky for you, I have secured the secret recipe!


Limón à la Romana


  • 4cl Adler Gin
  • 1cl Dom Benedictine
  • 1cl Limoncello
  • 1cl sugar syrup
  • 2cl lemon juice
  • Some sage leaves


Put everything except for the sage leaves into a Boston Shaker and add some ice cubes. Pluck the sage leaves into small pieces and mix them together with the rest of the ingredients into the shaker. You will see that the leaves are very small right now but will develop a wonderful aroma.

If you ask me, the prettiest way to present the drink is a cocktail glass. Strain the mixed liquid into a pretty glass and garnish simply with a sage leaf.

Finally, the most important thing: Enjoy your great summer drink!

I can’t wait to get your feedback!