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Photos from Washingtonian’s Cocktail Classic, presented by Belvedere

Washingtonian and Belvedere celebrated an evening of cocktail competition with twelve talented mixologists on the rooftop of the Observatory at America's Square.

Photos from Washingtonian’s Cocktail Classic, presented by Belvedere

Washingtonian and Belvedere celebrated summer-inspired sips at Cocktail Classic with a competition between twelve talented mixologists from the DC area using Belvedere Vodka at the Observatory at America’s Square. Guests voted for their favorite Belvedere cocktail–I Dream of Jeanie by Torrence Swain of BOURBON STEAK–while they enjoyed gourmet bites from the Build Your Own Caprese Station and Korean Taco Station courtesy of RSVP Catering. Washingtonian Food Critics were also onsite to present the Critic’s Choice award, received by mixologist Lukas Smith on behalf of Le DeSales. A-List Photo Booths offered GIFs, capturing guests with views of the Capitol at sunset, with entertainment by Mixing Maryland.

Thanks to our participating restaurants: All Set Restaurant & BarBourbon SteakChaplin’sDenson Liquor BarThe Graham GeorgetownLe DeSalesLupo Verde, Ocean PrimeProper 21RebellionVieux Carre and ICI Urban Bistro.

All photos by Ben Droz.

Ocean Prime served this pretty “Black Orchid” cocktail to guests, made with Belvedere Wild Berry, St. Germaine Elderflower, white cranberry juice, and lemon simple syrup. 
BOURBON STEAK’s I Dream of Jeanie cocktail, made with Belvedere Vodka, coconut puree, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup, was guests’ favorite of the evening. 
Mouthwatering maple glazed chicken and waffles, courtesy of RSVP catering.
Mixologist Jamie MacGloan creating the Sofitel Washington DC’s “Oh, Bee-Have at Le Bar” cocktail, made with honey kumquat reduction, Belvedere, St. Germain, grapefruit and lime juice.
Sheliza Lalani and Otis Ofori.
Torrence Swain of Bourbon Steak and Lukas Smith representing Le DeSales with their Crowd Favorite and Critics’ Choice awards.
Kelcy Walsh, Lauren Pencek, Dave Walsh, and Heather Crotty.
Denson Liquor Bar’s “The Fleming Lips” cocktail made with botanical infused Belvedere Vodka, Plymouth Gin, Cocchi Americano, and Bonal.
Mixing Maryland kept guests entertained with a lively mix of tunes.
Guests enjoyed The Observatory at America’s Square, a rooftop venue overlooking the Capitol Building.
Guests grubbed on the Korean Taco Station provided by RSVP Catering.
Denson Liquor Bar mixed it up with The Fleming Lips cocktail.
Holly Barzyk and Gregory Canty.
Jamie Beaulieu, Heidi Ingebrigtsen and Elizabeth Crescioli.
Le DeSales served a “Rye on Rye” cocktail consisting of Belvedere Pure Rye, Malted Rye, ginger, tumeric, Oloroso Sherry, and CO2, complete with floating slices of fruit.
Meredith Smith and Melanie Smith pose with the Capitol Building in the background.
RSVP Catering’s Hydration Bar also provided non-alcoholic refreshments for guests.
ndrew Lamkin and Radovan Jankovic of The Graham Georgetown served “The Graham” cocktail, made with Belvedere, cocchi rosa, linie aquavit, lemon, grapefruit, and rhubarb syrup.
Al Di Leonardo, Alexandria Rose, and Kevin Henderson.
Martha and AJ Hice.
Adam Neizmik and Natalie Green pose with the Capitol Building as a stunning backdrop.
RSVP Catering kept guests full with their Poke Ramen Cup hors d’oeuvre.
Rebellion’s Summer Fizz libation was not complete without the egg white.
Chaplin’s June Bug cocktail featured a delicious caramelized pineapple garnish.


The Graham Georgetown’s delicious cocktail, made with Belvedere Vodka.
Rebellion provided an aesthetically pleasing Summer Fizz cocktail for party-goers.
Mouth-watering Belvedere Vodka branded cupcakes courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes.