Cotton & Reed‘s rum distillery and tasting room are already up and running near Union Market, but that doesn’t mean the team will stop hosting pop-ups.
The distillery plants to take over the Adams Morgan space slated to become Rosario Italian restaurant from Dec. 15 to 17, and Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. (The opening of Rosario at 2435 18th St., Northwest has been pushed back to mid-January.)
Cotton & Reed bartender Lukas Smith explains that the distillery’s liquor license doesn’t allow them to stay open past midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. “On Friday nights, right when things start to pop off is when we have to close,” he says. “[Distiller Chas Jefferson] and I aren’t getting our fix—the long-burn, big-shift throw down.”
Plus, Smith explains, the distillery’s “out of the way” location means a lot of people don’t know about them, or haven’t visited them yet. “It’s a fun way for us to show ourselves to a new part of town,” he says. He hopes to do continue organizing other pop-ups in the future.
They’ll outfit the bar with Hawaiian Christmas decor, although the theme doesn’t really extend to the drinks. They’ll serve three rum cocktails on draft for $10 each, including the “Rum G&T,” which mimics a gin and tonic with botanical-infused tonic and white rum. A couple of punches will be available for $8, and shots of the spiced rum will go for $5. Smith has also come up with a shot called the “mezcalado” that’s half mezcal, half spiced rum. “It’s very good,” he swears.
People are welcome to bring their own food.