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The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City Signature Cocktail

Puzzle Palace

1.25 Bowman Brothers Bourbon
.75 oz of St.Germain
½ squeeze of orange
Orange and walnut bitters
Lavender garnish

The Pentagon nickname of “Puzzle Palace (on the Potomac)” has been cited in print since at least 1954. The syndicated newspaper comic strip “Steve Canyon” used the nickname “Puzzle Palace” in 1954, 1957 and 1958. A Smith Bowman bought the Sunset Hills estate farm in 1927 and opened up a dairy and granary. The farm was so abundant that he needed a use for the excess grain from his fields. In 1935, after the repeal of prohibition in the state of Virginia, he built and licensed the distillery. His sons maintained that tradition, continuing to feed the distillers grains to the dairy cattle, which were known to be the most contented cows in Virginia.