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The cocktail menu at Quill, the bar at The Jefferson Hotel, Washington, D.C. changes seasonally but is filled with flavorful mixtures often concocted with ingredients made onsite by the bar's staff. If you ask, they'll even make you your own custom cocktail suited to your tastes.
The bar staff at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel stocks the bar with housemade purees of fruits you'd expect (blackberries) and vegetables you wouldn't (sweet potatoes). Quill's bartenders also imbue vodka with their own flavor mixtures, like the cranberry and thyme-infused version featured on our visit. These customized flavors are used to form creative twists on classic cocktails, like the Black-Eyed Daisy, a hybrid between a mojito and a margarita that uses the blackberry puree, and the surprising Sweet Potato Old-Fashioned, which tempers the incredible sweetness of the bar's sweet potato syrup with rye and fresh-squeezed orange juice to create a pleasing mix of sweetness and kick.
Be sure to try the custom-made Mastermind cocktail. For a few dollars more than you'll pay for one of the house offerings, your Quill bartender will quiz you on your flavor likes and dislikes and create you a customized drink. With just the knowledge that we liked ginger, our Quill bartender concocted a tangy mixture of ginger liqueur, Cointreau, dark rum from Martinique, bitters and fresh-squeezed lemon juice that was subtle, just sweet enough and powerful without being overpowering.