Capella Washington D.C.’s Gin Cobbler Cocktail

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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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:

1. Combine all liquors in a julep cup.

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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.

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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

Bubble, Pop, Electric

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

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Preparation:

  • 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

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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:

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Margarita de Mango

Ingredientes:

• 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

Preparación:

• 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

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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:

Herrenschokolade

Herrenschokolade

Zutaten:

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

 

Zubereitung:

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

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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!

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Limón à la Romana

Ingredients:

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

Preparation:

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!

Summer Cocktails: Thyme Silver Fizz

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Summer is the best season if you ask me. There are so many things to experience in Dusseldorf when the sun is shining and I really love being outside and enjoying action.  Do you know what the best part is?  The evening!  It is still warm and you can sit outside with some friends barbecuing, playing games and, of course, enjoying summer cocktails.

As you may already know, our bar team at the Breidenbacher Hof is famous for its extraordinary and delicious cocktail creations.  Of course, they also create special drinks for every season.  Yesterday, I tried their latest creation for summer: the Thyme Silver Fizz.  Believe me, it is the perfect start into a wonderful barbecue night with friends.  It is refreshing, a bit fruity and because of the thyme, it has a Mediterranean flair and reminds me of being on vacation!  You will know what I mean, when you try it for yourself.  So I asked our Assistant Bar Manager Philipp for the recipe to share the good taste and vacation dreams with you:

summer  cocktailsThyme Silver Fizz

5 cl Botanist Gin

2 cl lemon juice

2 cl sugar syrup

Soda to fill up

Ice cubes

1 sprig of thyme

 

Preparation

Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice cubes. Then, one after another measure the Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup and mix everything in the shaker. When you are done, fill the drink into a nice glass through a sieve and fill it up with the soda. Use the sprig of thyme for garnish – and voilà!

At our Capella Bar, the drink is served with thyme salt, which gives the cocktail a special touch. It depends on what you prefer, but whether with or without the salt it is definitely my new favorite cocktail and I am sure it will be yours too.

 

Enjoy shaking and the great refreshment afterwards!