American rum:
it’s a thing now


dc’s first rum distillery

We’re distilling rums the right way in Washington, DC.
If you’re looking for a rum to sip on at home or to drive your bar’s cocktail program, our flagship White Rum or our low-sugar, naturally flavored rums will do the trick.

And trust us, it’s not like that rum you used to drink back in sophomore year.


(202) 544-2805

Tasting Room HOURS

Tues - Thurs, 4pm to midnight
Fri, 4pm to 2am
Sat, noon to 2am
Sun, noon to midnight

Tour hours

Saturday, 1 & 2 PM


1330 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002



This video by Good Fight Media beautifully details our founding philosophy
and build-out process in the months before our 2016 opening.


Our Story

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, Maryland, and Massachusetts.


Our Rums

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.


Bar Menu

REDBEARD | white rum, campari, ginger, lemon

RUMBA PALUMBA | white rum, ilegal mezcal, grapefruit, lemon

LIQUID NOSTALGIA | white rum, rujero singani, blood orange soda

RICKEY BALBOA | white rum, pomegranate, coconut, lime, juniper

COCOMOTION *slushie* | white & gold rums, lacto-coco, piña

CATCH FRAISE *slushie* | madeira/gin barrel aged dry spiced rum strawberry negroni, strawberry, limón

NEGRONI DESPACCIONI | despaccino, campari, lustau rojo

VITA BREVIS | madeira/gin barrel aged dry spiced rum strawberry negroni

PHARM PHASIONED | wild turkey 101 rye, cane syrup, lukey’s no. 23 bitters

SUMMERGLOW RICKEY | white rum, aperol, grapefruit cider, lime

STIRRED WORD | dry spiced rum, green chartreuse, maraschino, limón

DAIQ ATTACK | rotating daiquiri with experimental flavored rums

HENHOUSE SAZERAC | hennessy vsop, mellow gold, absinthe

MY WAY : HIGHWAY | angels envy rye, dry spiced rum, bitters


Tours, Tastings, and Events

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.

Click here to visit our calendar of events open to the public, and
make your own events inquiry.

To join a weekend tour, register here.