Words by Kaylee Dugan
Photos by Clarissa Villondo
D.C. summer is in full swing. You can tell by the erratic weather, the blossoming mosquito population and the menu changes at all your favorite bars. While tiki fever has been sweeping the city since May, more than a few bars in the city are just now jumping in on the action. If you need a respite from Shaw and a break from Bloomingdale, the Truxton Inn is the latest bar to kick off a sweet and summery drink menu. Their reinvented tiki list includes takes on all of the old favorites and all of them are guaranteed to get you very drunk. We can promise that first hand.
If you like piña coladas, but don’t want any of your cool foodie friends to know, The Aloha Shirt is a good way to get some sweet coconut cream and pineapple juice in your body without ordering a drink that has a flamingo float attached to it. Made with Burgal’s 1888 rum, Averna Amaro, Cotton & Reed’s Allspice Dram, lemon, Angostura and the aforementioned pineapple and coconut cream, it’s bright, fruity and doesn’t make you feel like you’re drinking some sort of tropical dessert.
Maybe you’d like something a little funkier? Maybe you want to go all the way, pedal to the metal with your tiki? Get Welcome to The Jungle Bird. It’s syrupy summer goodness in a glass. Featuring Cotton & Reed white rum, Cappelletti Aperitivo, Oloroso Sherry, Giffard Banane de Brasil, pineapple, lime and demerara it’s a whole lot of flavor (and booze).
If you’re the kind of human who likes fire and lighting things on fire and watching fire, then you’re going to want to order as many Mai Tais as you possibly can. Presented with a flaming lime, it’s a beautiful glass of rum, triple sec and house made orgeat. You can never go wrong with a classic, and the smoky, fruity combination really kills it. Drinking one of these will make you forget you’re in a dark bar in D.C.
All of the above drinks are great, in fact, every drink we’ve had at Truxton has been great, but our favorite by far is The Last Lion. Based off of the classic Lions Tail, Truxton uses bourbon, Laird’s Applejack, Cotton & Reed’s Allspice Dram, mint simple syrup, lime and Angostura to create a drink that’s equal measures fall and summer. It may smell like a Mint Julep, but it the mix of bourbon and dram makes me feel like this is something I could drink on cold and warm nights in equal measure.
If you’re looking for a place to hide away, if you’re looking for a place to transport you from D.C. without leaving the city, the Truxton Inn has your back. No Blake Shelton needed.