If you’ve had a craft cocktail in D.C. in the past few years, there’s about a 20 percent chance Lukas Smith came up with it or stirred it himself. A 10-year veteran of the D.C. food and beverage scene, Smith, 38, has slung drinks or developed bar menus at Daikaya, Dram & Grain, Le DeSales and Addendum, among other spots. These days, he spends most of his time at Cotton & Reed, the distillery outside Union Market, where his bartending and cocktails have turned the bar into a popular day-drinking stop. His perfect day includes fewer cocktails than you might expect, and it starts with “a problem solved.”

If I have a day off and I wake up at 4 a.m., I’ll luxuriate in a bit of wee-hours brainstorming. [For example,] we got this slushy machine [at Cotton & Reed], and I was trying to figure out how to make a pina colada I wasn’t going to hate. The thing I don’t like about pina coladas is that they’re too sweet: It’s rum, pineapple juice and sweetened coconut cream. So I thought, “What if we just used unsweetened Thai coconut cream, and then added the sugar ourselves so we can control the sugar content?” That allowed us to put another liqueur in there to add some interest, so we added in St-Germain. That was a 4:19 a.m. workaround.

Then probably I crash between 8 and 10 a.m. and sleep for a few hours. The afternoon is a good time for me to go to the movies. The [theater] I go to is big old dumb Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 more than anything, to see like a surprisingly satisfying big-budget movie. The last movie I saw in the theater that was really great and surprising was “Wonder Woman.” I was completely astounded by that film.

I’m gonna have some sort of late-afternoon milk-coffee drink: My favorite is a macchiato. I like Big Bear Cafe. I used to work there when I first moved to town, so I’ve got a sentimental association with it — plus it’s pretty groovy! There’s definitely going to be coffee before the movie, and an espresso after dinner, too. I am a caffeine junkie. I might do like six espresso drinks a day.

Usually I go out to eat with my friends. We’ll go to Rose’s Luxury, probably, because I don’t care what anyone says — the service is the best and warmest. I love the food, and I don’t mind splurging a little bit. And there’s no better place to do it than at a big table at Rose’s with seven of your best friends.

We would probably jet over to Jack Rose Dining Saloon. At that point I’ve already had abundant combinations of flavors: Probably had some Sour Patch Kids and popcorn at the movie, then 40 different things at Rose’s Luxury. I just want to drink some whiskey at that point in the main room.

Probably the last stop is going to be Ivy and Coney. Maybe we’d stay there until a little after last call. It’s not ever my first place I go in the evening. It’s where I end up, where I’ll have some Stroh’s.

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