4 Cocktails To Drink At Hotel Williamsburg

Via WSJ.com by Kevin Sintumuang

What sets the hotel’s suite of bars apart is the team behind them. Alchemy Consulting is a group of professional bartenders who helped launch, among other hotspots, two of the country’s finest craft-cocktail meccas: the library-like Patterson House in Nashville, Tenn., and Chicago’s elegant The Violet Hour. With 28 original cocktails and over a dozen classics, Hotel Williamsburg has the potential to become another cocktail temple. At the end of the evening, though, you can check yourself into a room instead of pouring yourself into a cab.


The quintessential easy-drinking cocktail, this variation of the Pimm’s Cup gets an extra kick from the Smith & Cross Rum. As with any version of this refreshing British drink, you’ll find yourself instinctively ordering another as you get to the bottom of the first. Get this one at the bar of Pillar & Plough, the hotel’s greenmarket-driven restaurant.

2 ounces soda
½ strawberry
2 cucumber slices
1 sprig mint
1½ ounces Pimm’s #1
½ ounce Smith & Cross Rum
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce fresh pineapple
¾ ounce simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters


You’ll find this drink at the Lobby Bar, which is essentially an extension of the check-in desk (can you think of a better way to be welcomed by a hotel?). The Iron Cross is a take on the Pisco Sour. Like many of the cocktails at Hotel Williamsburg, it’s a slight enhancement rather than a reinvention. The grapefruit bitters marry beautifully with the earthiness of the Pisco, and the orange flower water adds just the right aromatic element.

1½ ounces Pisco
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
7 drops orange flower water
1 dash Bitterman’s Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
1 egg white
Angostura bitters


The hotel’s straight-out-of-Miami pool called out for tropical drinks, but a blender can be distracting. The Pool Bar’s drinks menu reads like a collection of thinking-man’s summertime cocktails. One of the most satisfying—and easiest to make for the home bartender—is the Vodka Colada. It’s like a piña colada without the creaminess, nor the need for appliances or a little umbrella.

1½ ounces Ciroc coconut vodka
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce pineapple juice
¾ ounce coconut water
½ ounce simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters


Once you try this twist on the Cuba Libre (aka rum and coke), which is served at the rooftop Watering Tower bar, you’ll never go back. The lime peel’s bitterness offsets the sweetness of the cola and the rum.

2 lime peels
¼ ounce Fernet Branca
2 ounces white rum

Via WSJ.com

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