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The Rye Bar Plans Tapping Party For Its Hyped-Up $22 Barrel-Aged Manhattan

The most over-hyped cocktail in Washington is adding even more hype.

Remember that $22 barrel-aged Manhattan whose price tag had everyone in a tizzy? Well, The Rye Bar at the Capella hotel in Georgetown plans to celebrate the tapping of its third batch on June 12 with free canapés and hors d'oeuvres from 5 to 8 p.m. (So maybe you can feel slightly less panicky about dropping so much money on single drink?)

The Manhattan consists of Dad's Hat rye, Dolin sweet vermouth, and French aperitif Byrrh Quiquina and is aged in American white oak barrels for six weeks. It inspired a recent Y&H column about how much is too much to spend on a cocktail. And apparently, the answer is... more than $22. The first batch, which consisted of half a 15-gallon barrel, sold out in eight days. The second, a full barrel, vanquished in two weeks.

Don't forget you can get a $13 barrel-aged Manhattan (tax included!) at A&D in Shaw.

The Rye Bar at Capella Washington, 1050 31st St. NW; (202) 617-2400; the grillroomdc.com/rye-bar-en.html

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Drez

    Put it in a standard martini glass (without the inward recurve) and photograph it from a neutral angle and I suppose it might only fetch $12.

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