Did you know we have cocktails? Like, really mouthwatering delights perfect for an evening of jazz.

I think no bar is complete without all the traditional cocktails. So, recently I sent the coffee house team to cocktail bootcamp to teach them how to consistently prepare classic cocktails that will ensure customers receive the highest quality cocktail no matter who is making them.

Former Coffee house employee and now cocktail guru Richard Smith hosted the event at Night Shift, a top flight cocktail bar in Leesburg.

Sure, we had fun. We also learned how to execute different builds of cocktail that can be adjusted to different spirits given the guests’ taste. What? You read that right. Old fashioned build, heavy on the spirit, light on the sweeteners. Sour builds, heavy on the spirit, light on the sour juices. Negroni builds, equal parts spirit and flavors. The team practiced make gimlets, negronis, Old Fashioneds, daiquiris, Manhattans, and martinis. Yum

Our current cocktail list reflects a focus on classic cocktails with only a few minor twists. The staff collaborated to create the list, and all are well versed in making them.

I suggest trying the Bee’s Knees or the Sidecar with Catoctin Creek brandy from Purcellville. And we finally have a proper Espresso martini that is not too sweet! We make it with locally roasted espresso from Caffe Amouri.