The Jefferson's Monticello Mocktail

by Rona Berg

Along the power corridors in Washington, D.C., there are many private rooms in public places where politicos conduct their business quietly, over a discreet meal or drinks. The historic Jefferson hotel, named after Thomas Jefferson and inspired by Monticello, his home in Virginia, and his travels abroad, offers one such special room off the bar, among many other fascinating nooks and crannies to be explored at this unique and charming boutique hotel.
Four blocks from the White House, The Jefferson went through a multimillion-dollar spruce-up in 2009. The treatments at The Petite Spa include a custom Red Flower facial based on herbs and flowers once grown at Monticello; Plume Restaurant serves elegant dishes inspired by Jefferson’s gardens; and Quill, the bar and lounge, showcases maps of the oenophilic third president’s travels through wine regions in Italy and France.
Quill also features a great back veranda, off the bar, where friends can gather on a warm spring night to enjoy The Jefferson’s signature Monticello Mocktail (pictured), a refreshing and delicious drink made with fresh-squeezed seasonal berries, sage, lavender-infused honey and a sprig of rosemary or mint. Of course, if you prefer, the bartender will be glad to add a splash—or two!—of gin.

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