Taste Test: W Washington DC Summer Cocktails
kaylee | clarissa | Jun 14, 2016 | 12:00PM |

Photos by Clarissa Villondo
Words by Kaylee Dugan

The W Washington DC is an establishment. You might not frequent Pinea, The Root Cellar, or the POV Lounge very often (especially with the wealth of choices our fine city has to offer), but we’ve all gotten a little too carried away at one (or all…) of their many bars. And while getting drunk at a hotel bar doesn’t sound like the most appealing plan in a city that’s about to get its own Michelin guide, I can say with 100% certainty that The W’s new summer cocktail menu is one of the most refreshing I’ve had in the city. Not all of the drinks are winners, and while many stick to tried and true recipes, there is enough creativity and quality that for the first time in a long time, I’ve wanted to go back to have them again. In a city with so many new options, that’s as good as it gets.

Before we dig into my favorites, I feel obliged to mention POV’s block buster cocktail, the Strawberry Lemonade. A simple mixture of vodka, strawberry, and their house made lemonade, it’s a cocktail for 12 year olds. The sweetness is over the top. There is zero complexity. It is their best selling cocktail by far. If you’re someone who doesn’t drink (or has never even tried!) this is the perfect drink for you and there’s nothing wrong with that, but as someone who essentially drinks for a living (sorry Mom and Dad) I need something with a little more going on.

Strawberry Lemonade

Luckily, the Retox delivers. A combination of spiced rum, tequila reposado, lime, and a tumeric chili syrup, it’s spicy and flavorful without being too heavy for a summer drink. While I was worried the tequila, spice, and lime would make it veer into spicy margarita category (and I love spicy margaritas they are just sort of boring), the tumeric and spiced rum keeps things interesting. More than anything, this is a great transitional drink. If you’re still trying to order Hot Toddy’s when it’s 90 degrees outside, this could be the cocktail that saves you from looking like a fool and dying of heat stroke.

>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is a Featured Event >>>>>>>>>>>>
Friday 10/20
SAAM & BYT Present: Murder House Party! A Renwick Gallery Opening @ Renwick Gallery
55.00 / 65.00
SAAM + BYT Present: Murder House Party A Renwick Gallery Murder is Her Hobby Opening! EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW! A murdery after hours featuring exclusive access to the BRAND NEW exhibition Murder is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death! Frances Glessner Lee crafted her exquisitely detailed miniature crime scenes to train homicide investigators to “convict the guilty, clear the innocent, and find the truth in a nutshell.” These dollhouse-sized diorama composites of true crime scenes were the equivalent of virtual reality in their time, and helped to revolutionize the emerging field of forensic science. Constructed in the 1940s and 50s, they are still used to train homicide investigators today.
Enjoy bloody good beatz from:

Madame Gandhi (DJ Set)

Barber Streisand (DJ Set) and more TBA! Ticket includes open bar, featuring: Beer from Denizens Brewing Co. and speciality cocktails featuring SKYY Vodka by: Big Chief / Highline +PLUS+ limited qty small bites from our friends at: Franklin Hall +CREEPY BONUS STUFF+ Face painter / OM Digital Photobooth / Caricature Artist / Special Appearance by the #BYQueens / Tarot Card Reader / Music Perfomances / Contortionist and more! Plus access to the entire museum including the new exhibition Rick Araluce: The Final Stop Transforming a gallery into an abandoned underground subway platform in the artist’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast. Stepping on to the platform, visitors are enveloped in the illusion of an eerie subterranean world where flickering lights and distant rumblings suggest the comings and goings of trains that never arrive. COOL. Croosh Deets October 20th, 2017 8:30pm-12:00am Renwick Gallery Pennsylvania Avenue @ 17th St NW Farragut West or North #BYTMurderHouse #RenwickGallery #BYThings Early bird $55 tickets ON SALE NOW Price goes up soon $65 day of - but we'll for sure sell out before then! This is a 21+ event As always, there is no dress code, but we recommend: Kid n' Child's Play / Cereal Killer / Jack the Ripper? I hardly knew her / Sherlock Holmes/Katie Holmes / The Zodiac Killer / The Chinese New Year Killer / The Tarot Card Killer / The Light as a feather stiff as a board killer / Jeffrey Dahmer Judi Dench / BTK / OMG / LOL / The Son of Samwell Tarly / Charles Manson in Charge / Death, The Destroyer of Worlds / Bloody Mary (the person) / Bloody Mary (the drink) / Vlad the Tame Impaler / Ivan the Everything's Terrible / Elizabeth Bathory/Elizabeth Showery / Baron Munchausen by Proxy Our friends:           SKYY Vodka / Denizen's/ OM Digital / Jackson Pro Audio ~~~ Brought to you by: BYT Productions BYT Productions / Smithsonian American Art Museum Stay informed: http://www.brightestyoungthings.com http://www.twitter.com/byt http://www.instagram.com/BYThings http://renwick.americanart.si.edu/ https://twitter.com/americanart Look how much fun we had last time: Just like any other ticket you buy, we are not able to issue refunds unless the event is cancelled. Talent and attractions subject to change.
>>>>>>>>>>>> Ok, back to the article! >>>>>>>>>>>>

Retox

Need something a little more traditionally summery? Look no further than the Jon Burrows, named after one of the Hotels most famous guests. Containing, vodka, sour, seasonal beer (which happened to be New Belgium’s Watermelon Lime Ale), and a blackberry garnish. While this cocktail makes me deeply doubt how well I know myself (99.9% of the time I do not like drinks with any sort of ambiguous sour mix), it was so goddamn refreshing I could not help myself. I could drink a million of these in one sitting if it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

Jon Burrows

However, out of all of these drinks, the cocktail I keep dreaming about is (unsurprisingly) the Coco-Piña. My love for piña coladas is well documented (I try to only have one a year because I’m a real adult), and while this is not the coconut and heavy cream monstrosity of my dreams, it’s not too far off. Featuring scotch that has been fat washed with coconut oil, pineapple, and sour (fine), it’s a peaty spicy tropical vacation in your mouth.

The next time one of your friends drags you to POV for an inane reason, don’t find a way to bow out, get hyped. There are plenty of good things to drink, and as always, the view doesn’t hurt either.

POV at W Hotel New Cocktails 2016Strawberry LemonadeJon BurrowsPOV at W Hotel New Cocktails 2016WaterlooPOV at W Hotel New Cocktails 2016Tom, Jeff and LoamyCoco-PinaBorn on a SaturdayBorn on a SaturdayPOV at W Hotel New Cocktails 2016