The $22 Manhattan
ey young, independent ladies, we’ve got just the fancypants cocktail for you.
Part of the growing trend of New York-priced libations in Washington (barmini, we’re looking at you), the Dad’s Hat Manhattan–or “A $22 Manhattan? WTF?!”–as we call it, at newly open Rye Bar at the Capella Hotel is the most expensive Manhattan in town.
Made with small-batch Dad’s Hat rye whiskey from Pennsvania, Dolin sweet vermouth and further sweetened by Byrrh quinquina, this ruby red concoction is aged in a Dad’s Hat whiskey barrel for 6 weeks, then popped, poured and garnished with an orange peel just for you. Did we mention that it’s chilled with ice that’s chipped, bagged and beaten into submission?
Despite being named after a Stetson fedora, this ain’t yo daddy’s Manhattan. Like Kate Upton, it’s sweet, smooth and pretty to distraction. God, we love/hate her/it. We get the feeling she gets these types of drinks for free while we sit in the corner whispering, “I’m thirsty, too,” to no one who’s listening.
Barrel aging doesn’t take the bite out of the price tag, but it will ease the sting while going down. A little too easily, I might add.
The hotel is quickly replenishing the reserves of this popular drink, selling 15 gallons to Washington’s wealthiest lushes in the first 5 days.
Capella Washington, DC
1050 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007