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August 6, 2009updated Jul 16, 2015

Mixologist Extraordinaire at the Soon-to-Re-Open Jefferson in Washington, D.C.

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Alex Holzer, whose original cocktail creations have shaken and stirred the beverage world, has joined The Jefferson, Washington, DC as head bartender. The award-winning barman will tend to guests at Quill, the elegant lounge that will make its debut when The Jefferson re-opens August 2009 as Washington’s finest small hotel.

“Thomas Jefferson – our namesake – was an inventor with a great eye for detail, and Alex brings that same passion and imagination to his craft as a true connoisseur of the cocktail,” said Franck X. Arnold the hotel’s managing director. “Guests and locals will find Quill to be an ultra-comfortable setting in which to sample one of Alex’s inventive combinations or savor his expertly crafted classics.”

Holzer will be adding his personal touch to Quill with house-made mixers and herbal-infused alcohols. Quill will feature such drinks as a Hibiscus-Vanilla Cosmopolitan with hibiscus infused vodka, Cointreau, lime & cranberry juice and a Truffle-Celery Martini with truffle infused vodka, celery juice and truffle foam. To complement Holzer’s concoctions, Quill will offer light bites – think Foie Gras “BonBons” with pistachio croquant and lemon brioche – in addition to casual classics such as Caesar Salad and Maryland Crab Cakes.

Holzer’s new position marks his introduction in the United States, following his post as chef barman at the Three-Michelin Star La Pergola, the only restaurant to receive such an honor in Rome. Fluent in four languages, Holzer cultivated his expertise in his native Italy, also serving as commis de bar at the Hotel Erika in Merano and Restaurant Ansitz Strasshof in Rio di Pusteria. He earned his master bartender diploma in Munich, Germany.

Guests can enjoy an expertly poured drink and fine conversation at Quill, which plans to enlighten the cocktail culture of Washington, D.C. Quill’s interior is steeped in Jeffersonian inspirations. Its parquet floor recreates the pattern Jefferson designed for Monticello’s main salon, while a collection of 18th-century maps on the walls follow Jefferson’s journey through the wine regions of France, Germany and Italy. In warmer weather, guests are welcome to step out onto the outdoor terrace to savor cigars and cognacs.

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