Christmas Cocktails & Winter Warm Ups

As the colder temperatures seem to have arrived to stay, downtown DC is bustling with Christmas. Shoppers, tourists, and revelers alike, all excited to see our National Christmas Tree and enjoy our nation’s capital during the holiday season.

What better way to enjoy the weather and the season than a tasty holiday cocktail at Farmers & Distillers?

We are serving a delicious group of winter cocktails at our Mt Vernon Square restaurant close to all of this season’s downtown holiday fun. Whether you are taking in the holiday bazaar, the National Christmas Tree, a holiday show, or just enjoying the beautiful, holiday sites our nation’s capital has to offer, we welcome you to Farmers & Distillers to enjoy one of our winter craft cocktails.

Our current holiday cocktail choices include:

Winter Pie

A delightful Christmas craft cocktail featuring our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka, blended just steps away from our bar, infused with cinnamon, clove, star anise, allspice, and chamomile tea. It is topped off with cold-pressed apple juice and honey, and a finished with a smoked cinnamon stick.

Irish Coffee

Our version of this classic winter cocktail is made with rich, brown sugar syrup, Irish whiskey, our very own First Bake Compass Coffee Blend, topped with fresh, hand-whipped cream.

Hot Toddy

Likely the coziest cocktail of them all, ours features our Founding Spirits American Whiskey, fresh-squeezed lemon, honey, and breakfast tea.

Hot Buttered Rum

A decadent holiday cocktail treat, made with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, all mixed with dark rum.

In addition, our complete craft cocktail menu is always available, featuring our very own Founding Spirits and a whole host of other cocktails, as well as beer and wine. We are certain to have something to whet your holiday whistle.

Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers

The December gift-giving season is looking bright for local food lovers. At Farmers & Distillers, our menus have something for everyone, and all of it is made from scratch in-house. There’s a lot to love for food lovers (and drink lovers), whether our neighborhood favorites, our decadent desserts and famous donuts, or our extensive craft spirits program featuring spirits from our very own distillery, Founding Spirits.

This year, we’re making your shopping easy with gift options your family, friends, and colleagues are sure to love: the gift of delicious food and drink. We have some great food (and drink) gift ideas for all on your holiday list this year:

  • Invite them for a meal at Farmers & Distillers. Create your own holiday food and drink festival, giving them the gift of great food, drink… and your company. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.
  • Get them a gift certificate, which is good at Farmers & Distillers or any of our sibling restaurants, including Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers. Let your loved ones and colleagues experience some of our scratch-made goodness on their own.
  • Order a copy of The Founding Farmers Cookbook, available online. Here they’ll find over 100 recipes, including traditional American classics and farmhouse favorites, as well as tips from our chefs.
  • Pick up a canister of our First Bake Blend Compass Coffee, available at Farmers & Distillers. This well-balanced blend is a guest favorite. After much testing and experimenting by our beverage director and the experts at Compass Coffee, our First Bake Blend was created especially for our restaurants and makes for a delicious cup of Joe, perfect for any coffee lover on your list.
  • Give the gift of small-batch spirits from Founding Spirits. Check out some of the spirit gift options at our very own Founding Spirits. From gift boxes and individual spirit bottles available for purchase in person at Farmers & Distillers to individual spirits available for purchase online, many on your list will delight in our unique, handcrafted spirits from our in-house distillery.
  • Peruse our Guide to the Holidays for holiday hours and other gift options for food and drink lovers this Christmas.

Give the gift of good food, handcrafted spirits, and great experiences this year. Sharing the gift of Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits with the foodie and beverage lovers in your life will surely make for a very joyous holiday season.

Ho Ho Ho! Holiday Shopping & Celebrating in DC

The holiday season is well underway, and there is great news for holiday shoppers. Downtown DC has some of the best Christmas shopping in the entire DMV. DC’s Downtown Holiday Market was named one of the 20 Best Christmas Markets in the U.S. by TravelMag.

And guess what? This renowned annual market is only a short walk from Farmers & Distillers. It’s hard to beat a fun-filled, festive holiday shopping spree followed by tasty holiday cocktails and a scratch-made meal.

Shop local this year and pick up many unique holiday gifts from the 14th Annual Downtown Holiday Market. Hundreds of distinctive holiday gift items including jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by more than 150 regional artisans, crafters, and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods. You’re sure to find a special gift for everyone on your Christmas list.

Located on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW, this unique shopping village is open every day from 12-8 through Sunday, December 23rd.

Explore the market, check off some boxes on your holiday list, and then come celebrate at Farmers & Distillers. You can check off one last holiday gift here with us too. Our Founding Spirits gift boxes are available for purchase throughout the holidays. We are open every day throughout this year’s holiday season.

Ho ho ho!

Pick Up a Spirited Gift Box

Shopping for the holidays? Instead of waiting in long lines with the masses, stop by Farmers & Distillers for a drink, or make a reservation for a meal, and get your holiday gifts from us.

This year, we have chosen some very special Founding Spirits items and created gift boxes available for purchase in our restaurant. Choose from three different gift boxes of our award-winning spirits, or pick up all three:

Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro Gift Box

Founding Spirits Vodka Gift Box

Founding Spirits American Whiskey Gift Box

So, instead of the Black Friday throngs of shoppers, join us for brunch and pick up some presents for the people on your list. These Founding Spirit gift boxes are sure to make many happy.

If you can’t get to the restaurant, you can also order our spirits online, including our very special edition of our quadruple award-winning amaro made with honey from our apiary atop George Washington University. Our spirits can be shipped across the country. In addition, you can order The Founding Farmers Cookbook or one of our restaurant gift cards.

At Farmers Restaurant Group, we have many ways to bring you & yours cheer this holiday season. Join us for the holidays, in person or online, and let us help you celebrate.

Celebrate DC Cocktail Week With Us

Each year, our team awaits DC Cocktail Week. Sure, it’s a great chance for us to gather guests around our bar for a special, weeklong event, but we also get to celebrate the talents of our team and share this event with the more than 60 other participating local bar and beverage teams from across DC’s dynamic restaurant and bar scene.

From Monday, November 12th through Sunday, November 18th, we invite you to come by Farmers & Distillers to see what our team has crafted especially for you.

A week of handcrafted cocktails perfectly paired with small bites. We start with our scratch-made, Savory Beignet and pair it with our The American cocktail, a modern take on traditional Irish Coffee. Served hot or cold, this specially crafted cocktail features our very own, pot-stilled and barrel-aged Founding Spirits American Whiskey with an amaro cream finish. Find this pairing only at Farmers & Distillers for just $15.

Gather your friends and family for a great pre-holiday event and celebrate DC Cocktail Week with our team at Farmers & Distillers. Come to the bar and stay for dinner. We won’t disappoint. We always recommend reservations if possible.

Founding Spirits Award Winner Now Available for Purchase

Yesterday, Founding Spirits announced our award-winning amaro is available for purchase within our restaurant and online.

After winning three big awards this year, Founding Spirits upgraded production levels to share our Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro beyond the walls of our restaurants.

Available on its own and in craft cocktails at Farmers & Distillers, as well as sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, our Amaro is a tasty, distinctive take on this very special spirit developed to appeal to spirit lovers everywhere.

Stop by Farmers & Distillers for a taste. It is a guest favorite in our Amaro Daiquiri and featured in our take on the famous Negroni Swizzle. Many enjoy it on its own as a deliciously smooth before or after dinner drink.

If you like it, buy a bottle to take home to your own bar. We think it will make a perfect addition for your next party, whether in a pre-gathering cocktail, alongside a meal, or as an after-dinner treat. If you can’t get to Farmers & Distillers, order a bottle online at FoundingSpirits.com.

We also invite you to come into Farmers & Distillers for a sneak peek of not only how our amaro is distilled in-house, but also learn about our passion for distilling and our process by booking a Founding Spirits Tour & Tasting.

Get a Taste of Our Award-Winning Bloody Mary at Farmers & Distillers

Our Founding Spirits team spent the weekend at the Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival giving out tastes of our spirits and serving the award-winning Bloody Mary we make every day at Farmers & Distillers.

The running commentary of festivalgoers was consistent: this is the best Bloody Mary in town. Voted as DC’s Best by Washington City Paper readers, our Bloody Mary is made with our award-winning craft Founding Spirits Vodka and infused with fresh pepper.

We think they are really not to be missed.

A favorite, of course, at our weekend Farmers Market Buffet Brunch, our Bloody Mary is a continual crowd pleaser wherever and whenever they are served. It is available at Farmers & Distillers, and if you can’t get there, stop by one of our sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers or Farmers Fishers Bakers, for a taste. We are certain you won’t regret it.

 

Joining DC’s Biggest Annual Tennis Competition

Farmers & Distillers is joining DC tennis fans at the city’s annual Citi Open next week.

This year’s Citi Open includes a special 50th Anniversary Kickoff party on Friday, July 27th from 7pm-10pm at the Rock Creek Tennis Center, where we will be serving one of our guest favorites, FF’s Glazed Bacon Lollis. Our Founding Spirits team will be mixing up our Farmer Jon cocktail. Tickets for the kickoff party are available here.

Founding Spirits is the spirit sponsor throughout the weeklong competition, from Saturday, July 28th– Sunday, August 5th, where we will be mixing up our specialty cocktail, the Founding Spirits Mule (mint, ginger, lime, FS Vodka), as well as other cocktails made with Founding Spirits Vodka, Founding Spirits American Whiskey, and Founding Farmers Rye Whisky.

Expert mixologists from Farmers & Distillers are also hosting a special tailgate mixology contest on Friday, August 3, from 6:30pm-9pm. Striving for the best classic Tom Collins, Farmers & Distillers will be competing with bartending friends at Service Bar, The Salt Line, Colada Shop, Archipelago, and Copycat Co.

Tickets for the competition or any of the special events are available here.

The Citi Open, formerly known as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, has been part of summertime in DC since 1969. Each year, proceeds benefit the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, which works to improve the lives of DC-area youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through educational and community-based activities, including tennis. Farmers & Distillers also participated in the kickoff event last year.

New Menus for Downtown Diners Just in Time for the 4th

The week-long Fourth of July festivities just got even better as Farmers & Distillers has released all new menus that feature many of our restaurant specialties and guest favorites, including some big news: more beloved choices from our sibling restaurants.

Diners will notice the addition of Founding Farmers Reuben Melt and Farmers Fishers Bakers Roasted Vegetable sandwich, as well as our Founding Farmers perennial guest favorite starter, Glazed Bacon Lollis.

Also of interest is our Southern Fried Chicken & Donut, a delicious nod to the famous Founding Farmers Chicken & Waffles, but with a Farmers & Distillers twist. For lunch and dinner, instead of a waffle on the side, it comes with one of our maple glazed donuts, made fresh in small batches throughout the day. Be sure to save room for both. Breakfast Chicken & Waffles will be available on the breakfast menu.

Steak House choices, including select cuts of beef, are now primarily coming from family-owned J.W. Treuth, who work directly with Pennsylvania cattle farmers to ensure we are getting the highest quality meat. There are also delicious and sustainable seafood choices, a great grouping of burgers and sandwiches, and some of the best garden-fresh salads in town.

Everyone has their own comfort foods. This menu shares some of our Co-Owner Dan Simons’ favorites, such as the IMPOSSIBLE Meatloaf, a tasty vegetarian recipe using the plant-based IMPOSSIBLE Burger served with mashed potatoes and sautéed green vegetables, and our Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro, a delicious medley of roasted squash, roasted garlic tomato sauce, and pecorino.

Other highlights include our hand-pulled Chinese shop style noodles, an array of noodle dishes with lamb, beef & pork meatballs, chicken, or beef combinations. Of course, we will continue to have a whole host of our fresh, house-made donuts, including a new favorite flavor, cinnamon roll.

As always, our craft cocktail menu is sure to delight many with a creative, yet classic array of drinks, many made with our very own Founding Spirits, distilled here in-house, including our award-winning craft vodka and Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.

With all of our menus, we work hard to make sure there is something for everyone and we continue to make everything from scratch using ingredients primarily sourced from American family farmers we know.

However you plan to spend this Star-Spangled Banner time of year, we have new choices and old favorites, including cool and tasty drinks, and delicious food. We are also super close to all of the Fourth of July celebrations on the mall!

Come on down and check out our new menus. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Walking to the DC Convention Center for The RAMMY Awards Gala

It was a big night for DC’s hospitality industry last night with the annual RAMMY Awards Gala. Our family of restaurants team were delighted to walk a block down the street from Farmers & Distillers to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and join our area’s fashionable restaurant industry foodies, about 2,400 of them, to celebrate the city’s big winners.

We brought along our Founding Spirits team to mix some of DC’s favorite cocktails, including our Cucumber Delight, a light and refreshing mix of our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka and ginger liqueur, cucumber, cantaloupe, and lemon. As one of our most popular cocktails, also served at Founding Farmers, our Cucumber Delight has quite a fan club. It was the perfect craft cocktail to add to the evening’s celebrations.

In addition, this year’s festivities also included two important no’s for the hospitality industry: single-use plastic straws and Initiative #77. Our parent company, Farmers Restaurant Group, continues to support our employees working to save tips and vote no on Initiative #77.

We have also just launched a campaign to eliminate single-use plastic straws across the DMV. Our Last Straw is seeking partners in the local restaurant and hospitality industry to commit to stop serving plastic straws and make the switch to paper or to no straw at all when the beverage doesn’t need it. We are also seeking personal pledges to #StopSucking and join the movement to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics.

Kathy Hollinger, President & CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, announced the efforts of Our Last Straw, saying we all need to work together to 86 plastic straws starting now, which meant that no plastic straws were used at the gala. She also encouraged restaurants and individuals to take action by joining the Our Last Straw coalition.