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The $22 Manhattan

Posted May 10, 2013 by Mary Kong-DeVito in Pretty Marinated


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.

Rye Bar
Capella Washington, DC

1050 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

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About the Author

Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.