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Shaved Iced Cocktails at Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Make Outdoor Dining a Treat

The Bench, a Gaithersburg, MD Restaurant, Offers Lakeside Patio Treats for People and Dogs

GAITHERSBURG, MD -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/14 -- When it comes to sweet summer treats, children shouldn't have all the fun. The Bench kitchen, bar and lakeside patio has transformed traditional shaved ice into cool cocktail creations for adults.

Mixologists at the Gaithersburg, Maryland, restaurant elevate refreshing frozen treats to an art, combining shaved ice, freshly squeezed juices and hand-blended recipes for a sunny taste with mature appeal that's perfect for sipping on the lakeside patio. People can bring their dogs along to chill out on the pet-friendly patio with complimentary plain shaved ice.

"Almost any cocktail can be suited to shaved ice. It's an easy way to turn up the wow factor and add a touch of nostalgia to outdoor get-togethers," says Nicole Watkins, senior food and beverage operations manager, The Bench.

Flavors such as Sangria, Tequila Sunrise and Mojito hit the spot during the summer season. To celebrate Independence Day, The Bench will offer a Red, White and Blue made with Deep Eddy Vodka, Pama Liqueur and Blue Curacao for $5 all day on July 4, 2014. Happy Hour food and drink specials are available from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. Yappy Hour is celebrated at the same time on the pet-friendly patio, where dogs enjoy complimentary chef-prepared biscuits.

Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, one of the centrally located hotels near RIO Center, introduced its signature restaurant in 2013. Thirteen high-definition televisions indoors and outdoors make it the perfect place to kick back and relax with a shaved ice cocktail. The spacious patio features stylish seating overlooking the walking trail, lake and swan boats at the RIO Washingtonian Center shopping and entertainment complex. Dine on The Bench's patio and listen to RIO's free live concerts from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.

The Bench kitchen, bar and lakeside patio at Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center hotel is located at 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard near Rte 355 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Quick breakfasts, business lunches, cocktails with friends, and romantic sunset dinners on the lakeside patio are all at home in the comfortable sophistication of The Bench.

For information and reservations for The Bench, call 301-590-0044, or visit www.TheBenchMaryland.com and www.opentable.com. For more information about Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, visit the Shady Grove hotel at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/waswg-gaithersburg-marriott-washingtonian-center/ or follow us online on Facebook and Twitter.

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Recipes

Red, White and Blue Shaved Ice
Makes 1 serving
1 1/2 oz. Deep Eddy Vodka
1 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. Blue Curacao
Mix and pour over shaved ice.

Tequila Mojito Shaved Ice
Makes 4 servings
5-8 mint leaves
1 1/2 limes quartered
1 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. Patron Tequila
soda water
mint sprigs for garnish
Mix and pour over shaved ice.

Tequila Sunrise Shaved Ice
Makes 4 servings
2 oz. Patron Tequila
4 oz. fresh orange juice
1 oz. Grenadine syrup
Mix and pour over shaved ice.

Sangria Shaved Ice
Makes 8 servings
1/2 bottle St. Frances Merlot
1 oz. Cointreau
1/8 cup sugar
5 strawberries, halved
1/2 orange thinly sliced
1 lemon thinly sliced
1 lime thinly sliced
Mix and allow to marinate several hours or overnight. Pour over shaved ice.

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Contact:
Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
Lisa Clark
iThink Communications
(724) 448-5625
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