Washington Cocktail

I recently had my first cross-country live tweeting experience and let me tell you I’m pretty excited about it.  I am kind of a late bloomer when it comes to social media.  I was one of the last of my friends to get Facebook in college (Whit and my sister threatened to create an account for me and post super embarrassing content) (true story) and I’ve only been on twitter for about a year.  I have a personal account that I don’t post on too terribly often and I have my ThirstyBouche account which is reserved for beverages and food.  However, this might have all changed last Friday.

Whit and I were at one of our favorite restaurants in Denver, Colt & Gray.  This restaurant does an excellent job of balancing great food and mixology.  We decided to belly up to the bar that night for dinner and started chatting up the bartender.  As I was looking through the cocktail list I noticed the Washington Cocktail listed.  I had never heard of it before and thought I would give it a try.  I should probably tell you that the Washington Cocktail uses dry vermouth as the base along with cognac, simple syrup, and bitters.  This drink was good.  Real good.  So I felt the need to tweet about my experience, “Holy Crap.  Just had my first Washington Cocktail at @ColtandGray.  So good.”.  Shortly after I made this tweet I received a response from @ColtandGray that said something to the effect of “Welcome to the Fraternity!! #ThoseThatDrinkVermouthKnow”.  I then leaned over to the bartender to ask who from the restaurant runs the twitter account (to see if they were actually sitting 3 feet from me).  He told me that it was the head bartender who happened to be in Pennsylvania at the time performing in a ballet production (talent much?) Whit actually follows him personally on twitter and was all “I know who it is. It’s Kevin Burke. Come on, Brian.”  I then received another tweet, instructing me to order a Chrysanthemum next.  So I immediately put in my order to the bartender.  He gave me a puzzled look like he had no idea what I was talking about as his phone started to buzz.  It was the head bartender texting him the recipe for my new libation.  I was floored by the attentiveness and response time from a man who didn’t know me at all and was half way across the country.  Definitely one of my best/most exciting twitter experiences to date. (if even one of you tweets him after reading this, you’re going to make his mind explode.)

Colt and Gray. For. The. Win.

Anyway, enough about me and my social delay.  Lets talk about the Washington Cocktail.  The drink that started this whole thing for me.  Like I said before, this drink is good.  I had no idea that a beverage using dry vermouth as a base could be so tasty and I would have never thought to do so.  This cocktail is a little on the sweeter side (not too sweet) so its probably best served as an after dinner treat.  I HIGHLY recommend that if you plan on making a Washington Cocktail that you use a good dry vermouth.  Colt & Gray and I are both partial to the Dolin dry.  Please enjoy.

Washington Cocktail

By Brian, September 20, 2012

Washington Cocktail

Currently on the menu at Colt and Gray.  Go taste for yourself.  



Stir all ingredients over ice, strain into a chilled glass.  





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Brian is the Chief Taste Tester, Mixologist, and Resident CSS Wizard at Whit's Amuse Bouche. When he's not writing code, you can find him with a brown drink in one hand, and a hairbrush in the other. He prefers Colorado-raised lamb to all other meats. View all posts by Brian →

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