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The Imperial, Dram and Grain launch new happy hour specials

$7 apps, $11 cocktails headline new specials

The Imperial restaurant in Adams Morgan and sister cocktail lounge Dram and Grain began a new happy hour. The owners, Bill King and Stephen Thomas, who also own Jack Rose Dining Saloon, announced the new specials via their publicist. $7 sea-centric snacks and $11 craft cocktails celebrate the end of the work day at Imperial’s marble-topped raw bar and Dram and Grain’s bar seats and black marble tables.

The Imperial, Dram and Grain happy hour appetizers

Spanning an impressive 5,500 square feet, the Imperial is a modern restaurant focusing on Mid-Atlantic fare with a French influence. For happy hour, Chef Russell Jones crafted new appetizer specials for just $7:

  • Carroll’s Clam Dip with crème fraîche, fresh horseradish and sea salt lavash
  • Cassoulet Hummus with marrowfat beans, bacon lardon and baguette crostini
  • Fried Castelvetrano Olives served atop pimento goat cheese
  • Tempura Oyster & Shiitake Mushrooms served with truffle remoulade.
  • Chicken Confit Sliders with bread & butter pickles, drizzled with spicy mayo and served between soft sesame-seed buns
Cassoulet Hummus and The Allicin Chains cocktail are part of the new happy hour at The Imperial and Grain and Drain. Photo by The Imperial.
Cassoulet Hummus and The Allicin Chains cocktail are part of the new happy hour at The Imperial and Dram and Grain. Photo by The Imperial.

The Imperial, Dram and Grain happy hour cocktails

Andy Bixby, creative director of beverage for The Imperial and Dram and Grain, prepared drinks for the happy hour $11 drink menu. Most drinks skew low-ABV, but the Manhattan riff and Dry Martini variations turn up the buzz. Here’s the list of drinks as the cocktail team described them:

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  • The Old Manhattan and the Sea gets a spritz of aromatic seaside bitters, alongside Old Overholt Bonded Rye, Baked Citrus Amaro (a bitter citrus and baking spice digestif made at Dram and Grain), and Imperial’s sweet vermouth blend
  • Pineapple by Mail, a tropical Airmail riff combines Imperial’s house white rum blend, Plantation Pineapple Rum, roasted pineapple brown sugar syrup, lime and barrel-aged honey bitters, topped with a float of Imperial’s Chamboo cocktail and dehydrated pineapple crescent
  • The Allicin Chains gets a briny, peaty float of Ardbeg 10yr scotch, atop Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch, ginger syrup, fermented garlic honey, Tamaro (a savory, umami amaro made at Dram and Grain), and fresh lemon
  • Dirty martini fans will love the Brackish Martini, made with Beefeater Gin, Dolin Dry vermouth, clarified olive juice, Imperial’s house orange bitters, and clam juice, served with a pearl onion, olive and lemon twist-filled clam shell

Happy hour at The Imperial and Dram and Grain takes place between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Photo credit: The Imperial (featured inline)

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