From the initial red carpet sashay to the golden Oscar wins, the elegance of the Academy Awards will once again captivate us on Feb. 27. The Jefferson, Washington, DC invites locals and hotel guests to watch the festivities from Quill lounge, where Best Picture-inspired libations and special seating options will celebrate the evening.
Starting at 6 p.m., all who stop by Quill are welcome to sample the one-night-only creations ($15) of head mixologist, Massimiliano Matte, which pay homage to the Academy Award-nominated Best Pictures. Guests can salute their favorite nominee in style, be it with a “Horse’s Neck” cognac cocktail a la True Grit, or a “Black & White Margarita” a la Black Swan. Adding to the fun, guests that order a drink inspired by the ultimate Academy Award winner will enjoy a complimentary second cocktail to toast the outcome.
And for those who can’t miss a moment of the Academy Awards, reserved seating with premier TV viewing can be booked for $95 per person in Quill Lounge or the private East and West Jefferson Cabinet Rooms. These intimate, living room-style Cabinets, seating four and six people respectively, feature private flat screen TVs and will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The special ticket price also includes a movie-inspired Quill cocktail, glass of Rose Champagne, and special tapas platter including a bowl of truffled popcorn, mini caviar tacos, foie gras bon-bons and mini “gold-plated” chili-cheese dogs.
Those who prefer to watch the Academy Awards from the comforts of home can try their hand at one of Quill’s Best Picture-inspired cocktails. Drinks and ingredients follow:
127 HOURS: “On The Rocks” – 1.5 oz. High West Rocky Mountain Rye Whisky, Angostura bitters, white sugar, orange zest and house-infused allspice cherries.
BLACK SWAN: “Black & White Margarita” – 3 lime wedges muddled, 2 tsp white sugar, ½ oz. Cointreau, 1.25 oz. white tequila, ½ oz. house-made aloe vera juice and double salt-rim of black Hawaiian salt and thyme-lemongrass infused salt.
INCEPTION: “Inception Martini” – 1 dash chartreuse verte, one dash chartreuse jaune, ¼ oz. absinthe, 1 oz. Heavy Water Vodka, 1 oz. Blue Coat Gin and flamed orange zest.
THE KING’S SPEECH: “The King’s Crown” – ¾ oz. Crown Royal Black, ¾ oz. Kahlua Coffee Liquor, 0.33 oz. vanilla-orange flavored cream and orange flakes.
THE FIGHTER: “The Blueberry Punch” – Fresh cut lime cubes, fresh cut orange cubes, 1 tsp organic brown sugar, rum (aged a minimum of eight years), fresh blueberries and homemade ginger-orange powder.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: “Rose Indulgence” – 0.33 oz. raspberry puree, 0.33 oz. strawberry puree, 1 drop rose essence, 2.5 oz. Gosset Rose Champagne and rose pate de fruit pairing.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK: “Modern Cosmopolitan” – 2 lime wedges, 2 tsp white sugar, 1 oz. house-infused hibiscus flower-lemongrass-chili vodka, 0.33 oz. Cointreau Noir, ¾ oz. cranberry juice and prosecco.
TOY STORY 3: “Nutella Manhattan” – 2 dashes sweet vermouth, 2 drops Xocolatl bitters, 4 drops Angostura bitters, 1.5 oz. Nutella-infused vodka and ¾ oz. Barrel Proof Bourbon.
TRUE GRIT: “Horse’s Neck” – 2 oz. A. de Fussigny Cognac, orange zest, soda and crushed ice.
WINTER’S BONE: “Blackthorn Cocktail” – 2 oz. sloe gin, 1 oz. sweet vermouth, dash Angostura bitters, lemon peel garnish
Reservations for preferred seating close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26 and may be made by calling the hotel directly at (202) 448-2300. For more information, visit www.JeffersonDC.com.