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.