Alan Jones, one of Washington D.C.’s top mixologists, commands the bar at Sofitel’s Le Bar, where he has created a new drink program that’s uniquely French in its sensibility. Seasonal updates to the cocktail menu keep the bar fresh and interesting.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Jones’ first hospitality experience was at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, where he held a wide variety of jobs from banquet captain to room service waiter to back waiter to bartender.
Jones made his first introduction to the Sofitel Washington Lafayette Square in 2008. He later went to the Dupont Hotel and brought his brand of mixology to the Bar Dupont. He also did a stint at Michael Mina’s Wit and Wisdom in Baltimore and BLT Steak before returning to Le Bar at the Sofitel in Washington, D.C.
This year, Jones has developed a standout autumn cocktail menu that locals love. For those who can’t visit Le Bar in person, Jones shares one of his most popular fall recipes:
Citrouille Old Fashioned
1 Diced Pumpkin Wedge
2oz Pumpkin Infused Bourbon (Buffalo Trace)
Splash Cinnamon Syrup
Splash Vanilla Syrup
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Muddle cranberry, pumpkin wedge & syrups in rocks glass. Add ice, bourbon, and bitters. Stir. Add no garnish.
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