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Not Only Neat: Finding Scotch Cocktails Around D.C.

A dozen cocktails made with Scotch around town.

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Scotch whisky is a spirit with a deep, complex flavor. But it's unfortunately been steeped in some long-held stereotypes here in America, often thought of as nothing more than an expensive and pungent gentleman's liquor, best enjoyed neat or maybe on the rocks and with a splash of water.

Those views are shifting, though. Over the past few years, the revolution in cocktails has spurred bartenders to experiment with including scotch in their creations. At the same time, American whiskey's growth in popularity is creating more openness to and curiosity in drinking and learning about Scotch whisky.

"People are being more receptive to scotch in cocktails," says Frankie Jones, head mixologist at The Gibson. "It's no longer being thought of as your grandfather's drink."

The vast flavor profiles of scotch, whether blended or single malt, mean there is something everyone can enjoy, from peat-heavy to something lighter and sweeter.

Declining price is another reason that bartenders have begun working scotch onto their menus. "Single malt prices are becoming more conducive to making cocktails," says Trevor Frye, beverage director at Jack Rose.

As the weather turns cooler, many bars and restaurants around D.C. are including more scotch-based drinks on their menus. From classics to unique recipes, here are several bars around town to discover and enjoy scotch cocktails.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 2 Birds 1 Stone

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1800 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

The frequently-changing menu at this cocktail bar is currently featuring the too little too late, made with single-malt scotch, lemon juice, Amaro and black tea.

2. Art & Soul

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225 Pennsylvania Ave SE, #1
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 548-0105
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The cocktail menu at this Capitol Hill restaurant changes with the season and right now features the bear, made with both scotch and rye, citrus and Drambuie.

3. Bar Charley

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1825 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 627-2183
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The Glasgow is one of several scotch-forward cocktails available at this unassuming bar, just south of Adams Morgan. It’s made with 10-year old scotch,dry vermouth and absinthe.

4. Bar Pilar

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1833 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-1751
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The Dreadlock mullet cocktail here gives scotch a lighter twist, combining it with cucumber, lemon and hum - an uncommon botanical spirit.

5. DC Coast

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1401 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 216-5988
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Grab a seat at the bar here and enjoy a classic Blood and Sand made with blended scotch, sweet vermouth and cherry liqueur.

6. Dram and Grain

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 607-1572

The monkey manders is one of the most popular cocktails at this speakeasy. It’s an exclusive recipe made with blended scotch, raspberry syrup, lemon juice and an egg white.

7. The Gibson

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2009 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 232-2156
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The bartenders at this U St. speakeasy will be happy to create a scotch cocktail upon request. A new fall cocktail menu will launch in about week, so stop in later this month for updated options..

8. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-7388
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There are a variety of scotch cocktails to choose from here, including the talisker last word, which consists of Talisker 10 year whiskey, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur and lime juice. Or, try a penicillin, considered one of the modern classic scotch cocktails.

9. John Strongbow's Tavern

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710 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-4000
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Get in the Medieval spirit with a Mead Stout, an old-time combination of scotch, mead and lemon juice.

10. Proof

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775 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-7663
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Order up a hoots moon, which plays as a more bitter version of the rob roy. Proof mixes its version with vermouth and Cocchi Americano.

11. Ripple

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3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 244-7995
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The corporate diplomate accents the smoky notes of scotch with mezcal, cynar, benedectine and bitters.

12. Smoke & Barrel

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2471 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-9353
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10-year scotch and sherry come together in the balancing act, a fragrant drink finished with honey, lemon and rosemary. Just add barbecue.

1. 2 Birds 1 Stone

1800 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The frequently-changing menu at this cocktail bar is currently featuring the too little too late, made with single-malt scotch, lemon juice, Amaro and black tea.

1800 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

2. Art & Soul

225 Pennsylvania Ave SE, #1, Washington, D.C. 20003

The cocktail menu at this Capitol Hill restaurant changes with the season and right now features the bear, made with both scotch and rye, citrus and Drambuie.

225 Pennsylvania Ave SE, #1
Washington, D.C. 20003

3. Bar Charley

1825 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The Glasgow is one of several scotch-forward cocktails available at this unassuming bar, just south of Adams Morgan. It’s made with 10-year old scotch,dry vermouth and absinthe.

1825 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Bar Pilar

1833 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The Dreadlock mullet cocktail here gives scotch a lighter twist, combining it with cucumber, lemon and hum - an uncommon botanical spirit.

1833 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. DC Coast

1401 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Grab a seat at the bar here and enjoy a classic Blood and Sand made with blended scotch, sweet vermouth and cherry liqueur.

1401 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

6. Dram and Grain

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The monkey manders is one of the most popular cocktails at this speakeasy. It’s an exclusive recipe made with blended scotch, raspberry syrup, lemon juice and an egg white.

2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. The Gibson

2009 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20003

The bartenders at this U St. speakeasy will be happy to create a scotch cocktail upon request. A new fall cocktail menu will launch in about week, so stop in later this month for updated options..

2009 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20003

8. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

There are a variety of scotch cocktails to choose from here, including the talisker last word, which consists of Talisker 10 year whiskey, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur and lime juice. Or, try a penicillin, considered one of the modern classic scotch cocktails.

2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. John Strongbow's Tavern

710 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Get in the Medieval spirit with a Mead Stout, an old-time combination of scotch, mead and lemon juice.

710 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

10. Proof

775 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Order up a hoots moon, which plays as a more bitter version of the rob roy. Proof mixes its version with vermouth and Cocchi Americano.

775 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Ripple

3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

The corporate diplomate accents the smoky notes of scotch with mezcal, cynar, benedectine and bitters.

3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

12. Smoke & Barrel

2471 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

10-year scotch and sherry come together in the balancing act, a fragrant drink finished with honey, lemon and rosemary. Just add barbecue.

2471 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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