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10 Cocktails Worth Their Salt

These bars and restaurants serve drinks on the savory side.

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Salted desserts were once a startling occurrence, but now they’re more than commonplace. For instance, who doesn’t love a good salted caramel ice cream?

But salted cocktails — beyond margaritas — still might come as a surprise to some. Unexpectedly savory drinks are making the rounds in D.C. Here are 10 restaurants serving drinks that aren’t just wastin’ away in Margaritaville.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. B Side

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Mosaic District, 8298 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA 22031
This meat-centric joint serves the Hey, Hey What Can I Do, which features Barr Hill Gin, honey, syrup, lemon and a pinch of salt ($12).

[Photo: Dave U./Yelp]

2. BLT Steak

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1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Inspired by the popular Italian appetizer, prosciutto-wrapped melon, Everybody Loves Hendricks is made with Hendricks Gin, honeydew melon puree, fresh lemon juice and a cucumber salt foam ($15).

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3. BOURBON STEAK DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Bourbon Steak’s The Potomac is certainly not an average dirty martini. Their variation includes Absolut Elyx and housemade white truffle brine. It’s garnished with a truffle pecorino olive.

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4. Mandu

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1805 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-1540
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Mandu’s soju is more than just the sweet rice spirit that is the drink of choice in Korea. Their version is a house made infusion with feta cheese and watermelon. The flavors were modeled after a watermelon salad, and the resulting drink has a bright and savory flavor with a hint of feta ($20/bottle).

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5. Mockingbird Hill

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1843 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 316-9396
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Instead of a mixed drink, Mockingbird Hill offers an interesting twist on the pickle-back. The Fino Garlic-Back is fino sherry served with a side of pickled garlic juice.

[Photo: Amanda B./Yelpk]

728 King St, Alexandria
VA, 22314
(703) 299-8385
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The Wet Money is a new drink on the already innovative menu at Alexandria’s 1920’s style speakeasy. It’s made with grapefruit juice, lemon syrup, blue Curaçao, Plantation 3 Stars White Rum and salt water ($13.50).

[Photo: Colleen B./yelp]

7. Ripple

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3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 244-7995
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Harry Potter fans will appreciate Ripple’s savory concoction, Expecto Patronum, with Edinburgh gin, blanched arugula and ramp brine ($14).

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8. Sligo Cafe

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923 Sligo Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-2233
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Silver Spring’s new spot for “creative comfort food” does a twist on the classic Mexican Paloma. The Serendipity starts with grapefruit infused tequila, honey syrup, and lime juice. It’s finished with a pour of IPA beer and served with a salt rim ($9).

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9. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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The Cool Hand Luke at Tico is made with American gin, salted cucumber juice, lemon, mint and pink peppercorn. It's actually not a peppercorn at all, but a dried berry that originated in Peru.

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10. Wildwood Kitchen by Robert Wiedmaier

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10223 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 571-1700
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It’s a bold move to order Wildwood’s Peloton de Ejecucion – it translates to “firing squad” in English. The cocktail is made with mezcal, crème de pamplemousse, lime and cilantro salt ($13).

[Photo: Facebook]

1. B Side

Mosaic District, 8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax, VA 22031
This meat-centric joint serves the Hey, Hey What Can I Do, which features Barr Hill Gin, honey, syrup, lemon and a pinch of salt ($12).

[Photo: Dave U./Yelp]

Mosaic District, 8298 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA 22031

2. BLT Steak

1625 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Inspired by the popular Italian appetizer, prosciutto-wrapped melon, Everybody Loves Hendricks is made with Hendricks Gin, honeydew melon puree, fresh lemon juice and a cucumber salt foam ($15).

[Photo: R. Lopez]

1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

3. BOURBON STEAK DC

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20007
Bourbon Steak’s The Potomac is certainly not an average dirty martini. Their variation includes Absolut Elyx and housemade white truffle brine. It’s garnished with a truffle pecorino olive.

[Photo: Official]

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007

4. Mandu

1805 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Mandu’s soju is more than just the sweet rice spirit that is the drink of choice in Korea. Their version is a house made infusion with feta cheese and watermelon. The flavors were modeled after a watermelon salad, and the resulting drink has a bright and savory flavor with a hint of feta ($20/bottle).

[Photo: Facebook]

1805 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Mockingbird Hill

1843 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Instead of a mixed drink, Mockingbird Hill offers an interesting twist on the pickle-back. The Fino Garlic-Back is fino sherry served with a side of pickled garlic juice.

[Photo: Amanda B./Yelpk]

1843 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. PX

728 King St, Alexandria, VA, 22314
The Wet Money is a new drink on the already innovative menu at Alexandria’s 1920’s style speakeasy. It’s made with grapefruit juice, lemon syrup, blue Curaçao, Plantation 3 Stars White Rum and salt water ($13.50).

[Photo: Colleen B./yelp]

728 King St, Alexandria
VA, 22314

7. Ripple

3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Harry Potter fans will appreciate Ripple’s savory concoction, Expecto Patronum, with Edinburgh gin, blanched arugula and ramp brine ($14).

[Photo: R. Lopez]

3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

8. Sligo Cafe

923 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring’s new spot for “creative comfort food” does a twist on the classic Mexican Paloma. The Serendipity starts with grapefruit infused tequila, honey syrup, and lime juice. It’s finished with a pour of IPA beer and served with a salt rim ($9).

[Photo: Facebook]

923 Sligo Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

9. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The Cool Hand Luke at Tico is made with American gin, salted cucumber juice, lemon, mint and pink peppercorn. It's actually not a peppercorn at all, but a dried berry that originated in Peru.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

10. Wildwood Kitchen by Robert Wiedmaier

10223 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
It’s a bold move to order Wildwood’s Peloton de Ejecucion – it translates to “firing squad” in English. The cocktail is made with mezcal, crème de pamplemousse, lime and cilantro salt ($13).

[Photo: Facebook]

10223 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

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