Going from a career at NASA to the production room at an independent distillery might sound like a drastic change of course, but for Jordan Cotton and Reed Walker, it was a natural move. The two met while working as strategists at NASA and bonded over their shared love of spirits at happy hours with their coworkers. Eventually, the pair decided to leave NASA and go into business together as Cotton & Reed, a rum distillery.
The distillery distributes its signature spirits throughout the city, and its own bartenders also serve them in cocktails in the distillery’s own tasting room. Come to Cotton & Reed with a few friends to taste-test a signature libation, like the Redbeard with white rum, Campari, ginger, and lemon. The Rose of Jericho features another house-made beverage, cola, mixed with dry-spiced rum, allspice dram, dandelion, turmeric, and limon de jerez. These are just a handful of the many libations on the menu at Cotton & Reed.