Cotton and Reed (1330 5th Street NE) is a new distillery recently opened near Union Market. This bar does not offer any food; co-founders Reed Walker and Jordon Cotton contract local food truck vendors to make sure that they are in the parking lot for the last night ready for the crowd.
Chaz Jefferson, Head Bartender, when asked about what type of bar does he want to have: “I want to have rowdy bar.” His favorite shot is: 1 oz shot, and is so smooth. His advice to Novice Drinkers: Chaz suggest that individuals start with a daiquiri to taste the rum; its not a sweet bite, but its sneaks up on you!” Lucas, the Head Drink Designer, states, that the “sweetness comes from Turkish sweets.”
The official opening was November 12, however we attended a soft opening which was open to food bloggers, friends, and publicists, but some locals did manage to get in and enjoy free spirits that night.
The menu normally contains simple offerings at only of $10 a drink, which is very generous considering the quality of the spirits and cocktails.
When speaking with one patron, he stated, “The Spice Boy is my favorite: I just love it!” Another man, whose 21st birthday was this day, marked the occasion with a 1 oz Spice Rum Shot which he stated as “Transverse.” A group of women joined in and cheered, “This rum makes me speechless!” while the other woman stated, “This rum makes you wonder why other rums aren’t this good.”
My question remains, “WHY DO ALL OTHER RUMS BURN, when this rum is so SMOOTH?”
Smoothly Signing Off,