The Older Fashioned Cocktail At The Rye Bar

The Rye Bar

Are you a fan of Rye Whiskey cocktails?  I have a confession:  I wasn’t always.  But that has all changed!  Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown’s The Rye Bar has helped to change my opinion by introducing me to a series of specialty rye cocktails, each prepared with one of their featured Rye Whiskey’s and each with its own flavor profile.

The Rye Bar

The Older Fashioned Cocktail recipe features a striking and smooth Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, which has a slightly spicy, yet lighter rye flavor and a long luxurious finish.  This sophisticated Rye combined with the dense and velvety Pedro Hidalgo is truly an explosion of flavor.   The Pedro has hints of raisins, figs and honey which work perfectly with the addition of muddled Luxardo Cherries and oranges.  I was surprised by the complexity of flavors and really enjoyed the sophistication of the drink.

I decided to let you in on the secret of this cocktail.  In fact, I joined forces with staff from The Rye Bar to create a video tutorial with all the steps needed to create the Older Fashioned Cocktail.  Let me know what you think on Twitter!  Tweet me @CapellaDC #TheRyeBar.

Recipe:
1 shot Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
½ ounce Lustau Pedro Ximenez
2 Luxardo Cherries
2 Oranges Slices

Signature Cocktails At The Rye Bar

The Rye Bar

If you haven’t heard by now Capella Washington DC, Georgetown’s, The Rye Bar will feature a unique and special selection of cocktails, featuring the finest Rye Whiskey available.  Food & Beverage Manager Will Rentschler devised the plan to create our own barrel aged Rye Whiskey cocktail on the menu.  After some fun tastings and a few meetings, the recipe was finalized and plans were made to meet the distributor at his facility to mix and barrel the cocktail.

We began with an American Oak Barrel and then added the ingredients: Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, Dolin Vermouth and Byrhh quinquina (the term for sweetened fortified aperitif wines containing quinine and spices).  The barrel was then sealed  with a soft oak cork and gently mixed together by rolling the barrel  slightly back and forth a few times.

The Rye Bar

This process was so exciting that I was fascinated to learn more.  Hicham from LeDroit Brands, LLC explained to me that the inside of the barrel is charred, which is where the Rye will pick up colors and flavors of caramel, toffee, vanilla and wood.  He further explained that the barrel aging will remove some of the sweetness from the Vermouth and mellow the flavor of the rye whiskey.

If you are a Whiskey lover, I know you will enjoy this sophisticated cocktail that is the perfect balance of spice, fruit and sweet.  I know that I am looking forward to enjoying one when The Rye Bar opens!

Sailing Pearanhas At The Capella Bar

Capella Bar

Yesterday I met up with a couple of friends at Breidenbacher Hof’s Capella Bar to enjoy a night of cocktails.  I am not sure if you are already familiar with the Capella Bar, but the atmosphere and design of this bar is extraordinary.  Bar Manager Ewald J. Stromer and his team are known for their very special cocktail creations.  Between the décor and the menu it is one of my favorite places.

The night was full of laughter and storytelling.  And we made a point of trying several of the bar’s signature cocktails.  At the end I took a vote and we decided our favorite was the Sailing Pearanhas, which is mainly composed of rum, ginger wine and pears.

Best part?  I was able to procure the recipe to share with you!

Sailing Pearanhas

4 cl Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
2 cl Stones Ginger Wine
1 cl Fresh lime
4 cl Pear mash
1 Dash Peychauds Bitter
2 Pinch Diabolo Zuckermischung
2 Big basil leaves

Muddle the basil in the shaker and shake all ingredients together with the ice. Then take a martini glass and decorate it with 1/8 of a pear covered in Diabolo sugar.

I hope you enjoy!