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Passport to Summer: Cocktails at the Graham

Bitch Biz: The Passport Program and Bitches Who Brunch are partners. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from the company.

Sunday Funday holds a different meaning for everyone. For a Bitch, it means catching up with our best gal pals over brunch. This particular sunday was no exception to the rule. After a satisfying brunch at Rasika to end the weekend with friends visiting, my friend Ravi and I decided to keep the party going and ventured off to Georgetown. We went for a walk along the harbor and realized it was way too hot and humid to continue drinking outdoors.

In search of where to go next, I grabbed my passport and scanned to see what bars were around us. I noticed The Alex at the Graham Georgetown was first on the list and it was just meant to be! Up until this point, I had been whining to my friends all summer about wanting to check out the Graham. It was safe to say I was more than eager to scope out the view and the drink menu of course.

The Graham Georgetown is neat boutique hotel just a hop, skip and jump away from the harbor and the all action on M street. For double the fun, we were able to use our little black booklets from The Passport Program and snag two for one drink deals at The Alex on the ground floor and take our cocktails to The Observatory.

We walked into The Alex and immediately stepped back into the early 20th century. We learned pretty quickly that the The Alex is actually named after Alexander Graham Bell much like the hotel. The dimly lit bar is cozy and cute with a modern twist. The cocktail lounge is draped in shades of bronze and black with a pop of jeweled tones.

Graham HotelThe bar was pretty empty inside, which wasn’t terribly surprising since it was a beautiful summer day. We could tell the bartender, coincidentally named Graham was thrilled to see us. We showed him our passports and he let us know that we weren’t limited to sticking with the Graham Punch as part of the deal. He stamped our passports and offered to make us whatever we wanted and still honor the two for one special. The cocktail menu boasts a number of unique cocktails drawing influence from the prohibition era. Since I’m quite the fan of moscow mules, I decided to start with the Spiced Strawberry Mule while Ravi ordered the Last Word. Graham took our orders and asked each of us about our own personal stories and what brought us to DC. He filled us in on the history of the hotel and spilled which celebrities and professional athletes have been guests in the two years it’s been open. In typical DC manner, a discussion of the Presidential candidates naturally came up as well. Graham insisted on us trying our drinks before heading up to the Observatory. We took a quick sip and gave him our seal of approval and thanked him for taking the time to make our experience more personal. IMG_0056

We warped back to the present once we got to the Observatory. The Observatory at the Graham is an open air rooftop bar with gorgeous views overlooking Georgetown. The rooftop offers a cool and contemporary vibe with cerulean blue lounge chairs. The spiced strawberry mule came in a classic copper mug. The concoction calls for Strawberry infused Absolut Elyx vodka mixed with spiced ginger beer. It was refreshing with a just a hint of spice at the very end.

Ravi ordered the Last Word, a prohibition era cocktail made with Nolet’s, Maraschino, green chartreuse, and lime juice. He definitely enjoyed his drink but I could tell he was in the mood for something a little stronger to keep his buzz going.

Graham Hotel

For our second round, Ravi decided to go with a classic whiskey cocktail, a Manhattan which Graham made sure was just perfect. I decided to be more bold and go with the Graham Cocktail. Graham warned me that I might not love it if I’m not a fan of chocolate. I put his fears to ease and told him I was loco for cocoa, in those exact words. The recipe calls for rye whiskey infused with cocoa and mixed with agave nectar, lemon juice and walnut bitters. The delicious drink came with a large ice cube like most whiskey drinks and had a subtle hint of cocoa. Graham Hotel

We took in the panoramic views while sipping our cocktails. For a while, we actually forgot we were still in DC! If you’re looking for quick escape without the hassle of traveling, grab your passport and make your way to the Graham for delicious drinks, amazing conversation and breathtaking views.

Say goodbye to summer in style and snag the Passport for just half the price! Grab a passport here for just $10 or stop into Salt & Sundry or Soussi. Follow along on the fun with @PassportProgram and @BitchesWhoBrunch on Instagram. Hashtag #passporttosummer on Instagram or Twitter and we’ll share your tweets!

Shruti Shah

NYC Editor & Resident Vegetarian

Shruti has a love affair with gin and spicy food. By day she's hustling in PR for leading consumer brands. When she's OOO, you can find her at Daybreaker dance parties, exploring kitschy cocktail bars and reviewing veggie-friendly brunches.

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