Cotton & Reed, a craft rum distillery and bar, is nestled in the vibrant Union Market District of Washington D.C. once a bustling center for wholesale food distribution dating back to the 1930s, which has transformed into a lively indoor food hall featuring over 40 local vendors offering a wide range of delicious cuisines and specialty products.
Union Market's industrial history provides a fascinating backdrop to the unique artisans, chefs, and entrepreneurs who now call it home, including Cotton & Reed. Located just a short walk from Union Market, the distillery embraces the area's dynamic atmosphere. Cotton & Reed specializes in crafting exquisite rum-based libations. With a focus on the production of high-quality, small-batch rums, this innovative establishment has quickly become a popular hotspot for D.C.'s discerning cocktail enthusiasts.
Stepping inside Cotton & Reed, you'll be greeted by an industrial-chic atmosphere. Exposed pipes run the length of the ceiling and a large skylight creates an outdoor-feel in the former wholesale distribution site.
Behind the bar, Cotton & Reed's talented mixologists artfully blend the distillery's house-made rums with a variety of fresh ingredients to create unique and flavorful drinks. Be sure to try the Redbeard, a refreshing concoction of Cotton & Reed Dry White Rum, Ginger, Campari, and lemon ("on the menu since day one for a reason"), If you're in the mood for something with a little more kick, opt for the bold and boozy Fashion Statement (a rum-style Old Fashioned) mixing PX dark rum, WT 101 Rye, cane sugar, and coconut angostura. Cotton & Reed also offers their signature house spirits for sale. Their white rum is a distinctively versatile rum that won Double Gold Medal and Best of Class White Rum at the World Spirit Competition in 2022.