Co-founders Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton became friends while working as strategists for NASA and the aerospace industry. They discovered a shared passion for spirits at work happy hours, and decided to leave their desk jobs to start a distillery called Cotton & Reed. Under the direction of veteran barman Lukas B. Smith, Cotton & Reed is now serving award-winning cocktails at the distillery tasting room next to Union Market. Look for our products at bars, restaurants, and liquor stores across DC.
1330 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Weds - Fri, 4pm to midnight
Sat & Sun, noon to midnight
Great spirits owe everything to their origins. Cotton & Reed’s products embrace the quirks and complexities of each source ingredient, using wild yeast strains and gentle hand distillation in our custom still to bring out the richest flavors each plant has to offer. From our white rum that doesn’t shy away from cane’s depth of flavor to our dry spiced rum that accentuates it with a one-of-a-kind botanical blend, Cotton & Reed’s products aren’t afraid to show their roots.
REDBEARD | rum, campari, ginger, lemon
NEGRONI LUCCONI | aromatized rum, campari, cocchi
LIQUID NOSTALGIA | orangewellian soda, rum, bonal
CUBA LIBERACE | black cola, rum, lime
CAT'S PYJAMAS | "gin tonic," rum
WHITE LION | five spice dram, rum, lime
RED RUM, RED RYE | spiced rum, rye, simple, amaro
spiced rum available in 1 oz. shots.
Tours and Tastings
Our distillery is open for tours, tastings, and private events. Please use our Event Inquiries form to begin the process of hosting your event with us.
To join a weekend tour, register here.