Fall Cocktail Recipe: Autumn Punch

There are some exciting changes taking place at The Rye Bar this season – beginning with a new addition to the team.  It is my pleasure to introduce Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown Mixologist, Elli Benchimol.  Elli, is a seasoned bartending veteran with over 20 years of experience.  So what does she have in store?  “I’m really excited for the fall season and the entertaining that goes with it.  I love seasonal cocktails with lots of fall spice and warmth, like our new signature Hot Toddy.  But that is just the tip of the iceberg!  We will be offering more spirits and cocktails in The Rye Bar that are sure to surprise and delight.  In fact, I hope to bring a bit of D.C. history to each cocktail as well as the flair of Georgetown.”

Elli benchimol

Fortunately, being the Capella Washington, D.C. Insider, I was able to get a further sneak peek with a look at one of the brand new fall cocktail recipes, the  Autumn Punch Cocktail.  Find the recipe below.

Autumn Punch

 Autumn Punch Cocktail


  • Rye – 1 oz.
  • Apple Jack – ¾ oz.
  • Hibiscus Cider – 2 oz.
  • Habanero Spice – 1 dash.
  • Lemon – ½ oz.
  • Pickled Apple (1 cup of each of the following: apple cider vinegar, sugar, sliced apples – refrigerated)


Combine first 5 ingredients in a shaker over ice.  Shake vigorously for approximately 15 seconds.  Strain the mixture into a punch glass.  Garnish your drink with picked apples.  Enjoy!


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!

Take An Insider Tour Of Georgetown

If you’ve visited Georgetown, you’ve seen the quaint cobblestone streets and know of the rich history this charming D.C. neighborhood holds.  I have always been a very big fan of the beautiful waterfront neighborhood that is unlike any other in the Washington, D.C. area.  Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is fortunate enough to be located right in the heart, next to the historic C&O Canal and a short walk to the Georgetown Waterfront.  For those who have yet to visit D.C. and Georgetown, I wanted to share with you a tour of some of my favorite things to do in this beautiful neighborhood.

I invite you to take a tour of Georgetown with me as I visit my favorite 4 places on a Saturday!

Baked and Wired#1 – Visit Baked & Wired
If you’re like me and you need to start your morning off with an energizing cup of coffee, I have just the place for you!  Family owned artsy coffee shop and bakery located on Thomas Jefferson Street has the best espresso drinks and cupcakes to match.  Choose from over 20 options of creatively baked options while enjoying the local ambiance.

Georgetown Waterfront#2 – Stroll Down The Georgetown Waterfront
When you are all fueled up on coffee, make your way down one block to the Georgetown Waterfront to enjoy boat watching and family fun water sports.  Whether you get behind the wheel of a kayak and steer through the Potomac River or relax on the steps leading to the Waterfront, you’ll be sure to enjoy your time in the sun!

#3 – Visit Dumbarton Oaks
Treat your eyes to a beautiful renowned landscape gardens by visiting Dumbarton Oaks.  Enriched with history from the early 1800’s, the home offers rooms of original art from different eras.

fried duck egg burger#4 – Indulge in a burger at The Grill Room
After walking around town, feast on one of my favorite burgers in The Grill Room made by Executive Chef Frank Ruta, the Fried Duck Egg Burger!  It will satisfy your every craving.

I love sharing the gem of Georgetown with everyone that comes to visit.  There is so much to see and experience while you’re in Washington, D.C., being in the Nation’s Capital has all the advantages any traveler would look for.  I would love to see pictures of your D.C. travels and Georgetown finds.  Share your photos with me at @CapellaDC so I can share them with our community!

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 Capella Washington D.C.’s General Manager, Marco Bustamante

I would like to introduce you to the Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown General Manager, Marco Bustamante.  Marco, a 10 year veteran of the Capella family,  took D.C. by storm, bringing with him a wealth of experience and charisma.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Marco to get a better idea of why he loves being part of the Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown team.

Marco Bustamante HeadshotWhat do you love most about Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown?

The people.  We have an amazing team with people from all different backgrounds and experiences.  We have a lot of local Washingtonians as part of our staff and I think it brings great soul to the property.

What makes our property unique in D.C.?

The design of our hotel gives guests an intimate, sophisticated, modern, and high tech feel. From relaxing in the Living Room to enjoying a cocktail in The Rye Bar, our guests have the option of feeling like they are in an urban oasis.

You’ve been part of the Capella team for over 10 years, what is your favorite memory?

When I was working in Los Cabos, we had a couple buy-out the entire hotel for their wedding.  We really wanted to make their experience special and unique, so we built a 120-foot long table to host 150 of their wedding guests in an underground tunnel.  The tunnel started from the entrance of the resort and opened up to the front of property.  We strung chandeliers from the ceiling accompanied with drapery all around; it was really beautiful and different.

What new and exciting events can guests expect this summer at Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown?

We recently held Negroni Week, where $1 of each Negroni cocktail sold will be donated to helping aid the victims in Nepal.  We have an employee who is Nepalese and she started a charity fund to help out her homeland, so proceeds will be sent to support relief efforts.  Summer in D.C. is a great time, we are looking forward to our Father’s Day special package, our annual 4th of July Rooftop party, cocktail specials in The Rye Bar, and Chef Ruta has some amazing new brunch items to be enjoyed on our terrace.

What is your favorite thing to do in D.C.?

I love spending time with my two sons and taking them kayaking on the Potomac River.

We are so happy to have you leading the team here at Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown, Marco!  Here’s to another year of creating more True Capella memories!

Images via MoMo Photography

Barreling The Crescent City Cocktail At The Rye Bar

The Rye Bar Photo Contest

November is here and there is a lot of activity going on at Capella Washington, D.C.  I had a front row seat for the much-anticipated creation of The Rye Bar’s brand new winter barrel aged cocktail, Crescent City.  This chic concoction will also be showcased for locals during DC Cocktail Week 2013 runs November 7th-17th.

Wondering how we barrel this cocktail?  Watch the process here:

The Crescent City Cocktail consists of the following:

Remy Martin VSOP

Few Rye Whiskey

Dolin Sweet Vermouth

Génépi des Alpes

House Made Apple Bitters


I hope you enjoyed the video!  If you like what you see, be sure to sign up for The Rye Bar photo contest where you can enter to win your very own miniature barrel aged Crescent City cocktail for your pleasure when visiting with your friends and family.

We all know The Rye Bar is superbly stylish, but the guests and signature cocktails are really what make it beautiful!  Your challenge:  Style an outfit that you would be proud to rock to The Rye Bar at Capella Washington DC.  Once you’ve put on your ultimate ensemble and ordered your Crescent City Cocktail, take a photo and submit it by clicking here.  You can submit as many photos as you like by the submission end date.  Then you and everyone else can vote for your favorite entries, and from those we’ll pick one winner!

I can’t wait to see your photos!  Be sure to use the hashtag #TheRyeBar and #DCCocktailWeek when you arrive!

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