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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.


Featured Seasonal Cocktails

Low Light

  • 1.25oz of Local Deep Run vodka                                                                      
  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • .75oz granny apples
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • Apple and cucumber garnish

There are 16,250 light fixtures in the Pentagon. Each day 250 light bulbs have to be changed. The lake known as Deep Run rests quietly in central Virginia. However, Deep Run was once the site of epic battles during the War of Northern Aggression. Conflicts like the Battle of Fredericksburg, involving such Generals as Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. Jackson and Ambrose E. Burnside, define American history. Today this scenic lake borders the A. Smith Bowman Distillery. This Small Batch Vodka is handcrafted for a smooth, clean taste in honor of its namesake.

FDR

  • 1.25oz local green hat gin                                                                 
  • 3 slices of muddled cucumber
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • .75oz of St.Germain
  • .5 oz of agave
  • Club soda
  • Cucumber garnish

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the president at the time the Pentagon was approved and built. Green Hat Gin is made from a distillery in Washington D.C. The gin is named after George Cassidy, who was a veteran that came back from World War l and started selling gin to Congressman and Senators during prohibition. Cassidy was known as “the man in the green hat”. He eventually was caught but never spent a night in jail- courtesy of his Capitol Hill friends.

The Bergstrom

  • 1.25oz of local Bowman Brothers Bourbon
  • .5 oz of sweet tea vodka
  • .25 oz speech schnapps
  • 2 oz of lemonade
  • Candied sugar lemon wheel garnish

George Edwin Bergstrom (March 12, 1876 – June 17, 1955) was an American architect who designed The Pentagon. 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.