Spotted on Pennsylvania Avenue this weekend: some sweet classic rides like vintage Rolls Royce, Morgans and Aston Martins. Also spotted: a sweet deal on some classic cocktails! On Thursday, April 28th, the Occidental Bar & Grill kicked off the return of its Classic Cocktail Hour. Offered Monday-Friday (3-7PM) on the patio lounge, bar and the indoor dining room bar, the Classic Cocktail Hour is bringing back 5 timeless cocktails: the Cherry Blossom, the Cable Car, the Last Word, the Pimms Cup and a Real Old Fashioned (sans lime.) The sweet deal is that, to celebrate The Occidental‘s 105 anniversary, your first cocktail -with the purchase of a food item from Chef Rodney Scruggs’ menu- will only set you back the old original price of $.18. What’s even sweeter? The Classic Cocktail Happy Hour kicked off in style with the classic cars etc. on April 28th, but will last throughout the summer.
And since we’re on topic of classic cocktails, the release of Garrett Peck‘s new book “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry Weren’t We?” is being celebrated with a couple of fun events:
- Pound the Hill will host the author for a talk on Wednesday, May 4th (6PM). The book, which goes over how the prohibition experiment unraveled in the US capital, features a 80 neighbourhood maps, a short history as well as 11 classic cocktail recipes and 80 images to illustrate DC’s Prohibition past. Sounds like quite a treat for either history buffs or cocktail lovers. Or both. At the Capitol Hill coffee house, Garrett will actually focus on the critical role Congress played in the rise and fall of Prohibition. Books will be available for purchase for $20.
- Next up will be a launch party at the Woodrow Wilson House on May 19th (6:30-8:30PM). “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.” features a special chapter on Woodrow Wilson’s wine and for $35 (tickets available here) guests at the Woodrow Wilson House will enjoy an after hours look at the authentically furnished 1920s home and a sneak peak at President Wilson’s wine cellar, fully stocked with vintage wines. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, an open bar (The Passenger’s Dereck Brown who wrote the book’s Foreword, will be slinging Gin Rickeys all evening) and of course, copies of the book available for the discounted price of $19.07.
- On the 21st, Garrett Peck will lead a special Temperance Tour of the District, a (FREE) three-hour walking tour of Prohibition-related sites in the nation’s capital. I love learning more about DC history and sights so I think this sounds just really awesome! If you do too, meet at the Temperance Fountain (did you even know DC had a temperance fountain??) on 7th street and Pennsylvania Avenue at noon on May 21st. I’ll be there 😉
- And last but not least, Garrett Peck will join attorney/writer/mixologist/cocktail historian Phillip Greene at The Passenger on May 23rd (6:30-8PM, $45 in advance, $50 at door) to celebrate our right to imbide. Guests at the event will enjoy appetizers while sampling some classic cocktails and receiving detailed instructions on how to recreate these cocktails at home.