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The V&T cocktail at Georgetown’s L’Annexe.
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18 Spring Cocktails To Try Around D.C. Right Now

Where to find refreshing drinks full of strawberry, mango, edible flowers, and honey

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The V&T cocktail at Georgetown’s L’Annexe.
| Christopher Hwang/@4mybelly

D.C. bartenders have been ringing in spring by concocting a refreshing batch of cocktails intended to signal brighter days ahead. Ingredients like strawberry, mango, edible flowers, and honey are popping up in multiple mixed drinks this season. While to-go cocktails are still an option, many of these pretty presentations are best consumed on a sunny patio.

Restaurants on this map may temporarily close due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, so check with a business before showing up. D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Pétion at The Green Zone

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2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

The Middle Eastern bar in Adams Morgan takes a tropical detour to Haiti with a rum cocktail that dates back to Port-au-Prince’s post-WWII tourism boom. Named after revolutionary hero and Haiti’s first president Alexandre Pétion, the coupe is filled with Rhum Barbancourt 5-Star, Clairin Casimir, a wild-fermented cane juice spirit, Benedictine Liqueur, and lime. A dollar from each drink ($14) goes to Hope for Haiti.

2. Strawberry Fields at Capo Italian Deli

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715A Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 827-8012
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The Italian deli’s recently reopened speakeasy bar, tucked behind a refrigerator door, makes this cocktail with strawberry-infused gin, yellow chartreuse, lemon, honey, and egg white. Rohit Malhotra’s lineup of popular Fauci Pouchy cocktails is still available at the sub shop, with springtime additions like pouched passionfruit margaritas and strawberry lemonade.

3. The Card Players (1890) at BRESCA

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1906 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 518-7926
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The bar program at Michelin-starred Bresca continues to impress with spring cocktails inspired by impressionist paintings. Paul Cezanne’s “The Card Players” series provides the name for this playful glass of Woodinville Bourbon, a barrel-aged Pineau de Charentes apertif blend, homemade orgeat, and Amaro Sibilla ($18).

4. Marzano Bloody at Pupatella

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1801 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-1999
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Swing by Pupatella’s D.C. branch to test drive a new weekend brunch that includes a bloody mary made with San Marzano tomato pizza sauce. The red beverage comes with vodka, Worcestershire, celery salt, hot sauce, pickle juice, and lime juice for $8, or $21.95 for a bottomless option. It’s garnished with a sprig of basil and a Ciliegine mozzarella ball.

A bloody mary at Pupatella’s Dupont Circle location
A bloody mary at Pupatella’s Dupont Circle location
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5. Pusser’s Painkiller at Duke's Grocery

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1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 733-5623
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The East London-influenced gastropub pub channels summer with a replica of the cocktail from the British Virgin Islands. Pusser’s, the official rum of the Royal Navy, gets mixed with pineapple juice, cream of coconut, orange, and nutmeg in colorful cups. Available at all three area locations ($13).

6. Ave at Las Gemelas Cocina Mexicana

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1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 866-0550
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Espita’s new Mexican sibling spot in Union Market whips up a bright orange “Ave” with mezcal, mango, suze, lime, and epazote ($11).

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7. Don’t Give Papaya at El Cielo

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1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 569-9855
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Be prepared to turn heads while sipping this papaya cocktail in a tiger vessel at Union Market’s flashy Colombian prix fixe place. The drink includes mezcal, rum, papaya syrup, mango syrup, and fresh lime and mandarin juice.

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8. The Bee at Residents Cafe & Bar

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1306 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 602-9563
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The buzzy bar in Dupont whips up a gorgeous group of cocktails for spring, including one with raw honey, bee wax, propolis, bee pollen, nordic mead, and Old Tom gin ($16). The “Sakura” features real cherry blossoms fluttering in the glass with Mancino sakura vermouth, sparkling sake, prosecco, and Midsummer Solstice gin.

The Bee at Residents Cafe & Bar
The Bee at Residents Cafe & Bar
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9. V&T at L'Annexe

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2917 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 525-5852
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Georgetown’s glam cocktail parlor gives vermouth a starring role in this low-ABV cocktail ($16) with a little Cointreau for an added kick. Beverage director Hakim Hamid infuses the bar’s vermouth with butterfly pea tea to produce a layered lavender look, with touches of grapefruit and lemon for a bit of acidity and sweetness. The “Trunk Bay” (pineapple-infused rum, aloe vera, chocolate bitters) is also ideal for warm weather.

L’Annexe’s V&T cocktail
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10. You’re on Mute at BOURBON STEAK

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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New lead bartender Engidawork Alebachew’s tongue-in-cheek reference to endless virtual meetings is this bright and invigorating glass of Ketel One Vodka, matcha green tea, lemon, grapefruit and clarified milk ($17).

You’re on Mute at Bourbon Steak.
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11. Imperfecto Club at Imperfecto

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1124 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 964-1012
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Beluga vodka, Acqua di Cedro, yuzu juice, pineapple, and vanilla syrup unite in a delicate glass dusted with florals ($16) and created behind the glowing white bar at chef Enrique Limardo’s new Mediterranean-Latin fusion spot.

The Imperfecto Club at Imperfecto
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12. The Jamaican Gentleman at Morris American Bar

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1020 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(833) 366-7747
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Beverage director Doug Fisher works with lots of seasonal fruits and honey at this chic Shaw cocktail bar, stirring up this tall drink of Appleton Estate Signature rum, lime, ginger, pineapple, and bitters.

13. Tía Mia at Blend 111

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111 Church St NW Suite 101
Vienna, VA 22180
(571) 363-3613
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New cocktails at the Latin wine bar and restaurant in Vienna include this mixture of mezcal, dark rum, cointreau, amaretto, and spring citrus ($17.50).

14. Lavender Martinita at Stable DC

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1324 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 733-4604
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A set of spring cocktails at the H Street NE Swiss restaurant includes a purple-hued Lavender Martinita ($13) — with Martini Bianco, Patron silver, lemon juice, and lavender butterfly pea simple syrup — and seasonal spin on a negroni dubbed a Cherroni.

Lavender Martinita and Cherroni at Stable.
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15. Basicalata at Modena

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1100 New York Avenue NW, Corner of H and, 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9550
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Ashok Bajaj’s reenergized Italian restaurant downtown sends out a solid daiquiri made with Don Q Crystal Rum, strawberry basil, and fresh pressed lime juice that’s just $9 at happy hour.

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16. Frida at Paraíso Taquería & Mezcalería

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1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4368
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This colorful taqueria in Capitol Hill pays homage to famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with a pretty pink coupe of hibiscus-infused vodka, egg white, citrus, pomegranate syrup, and chamomile bitters ($13).

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17. A Little Wagyu and Whisky Never Hurts at NaRa-Ya

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88 District Square SW 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 301-8145
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Theatrical cocktails compete for attention with sushi surrounded by lots of tropical flowers at the Wharf’s new Japanese restaurant. This blend of Japanese A5 wagyu-washed Mars Shinshu Iwai whisky, homemade togarashi syrup, and Becherovka liqueur, all finished with house bitters, is garnished with a piece of wagyu and maitake mushrooms torched tableside.

18. Greta’s Punch at GATSBY

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1201 Half St SE Suite #205
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 817-3005
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Knead Hospitality + Design’s new modern diner in Navy Yard builds a pretty punch with mango-infused vodka, Giffard’s rhubarb, strawberry, ginger, mint, and bubbles ($12). A pitcher for five is $54.

Greta’s Punch at Gatsby
Greta’s Punch at Gatsby
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1. Pétion at The Green Zone

2226 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Middle Eastern bar in Adams Morgan takes a tropical detour to Haiti with a rum cocktail that dates back to Port-au-Prince’s post-WWII tourism boom. Named after revolutionary hero and Haiti’s first president Alexandre Pétion, the coupe is filled with Rhum Barbancourt 5-Star, Clairin Casimir, a wild-fermented cane juice spirit, Benedictine Liqueur, and lime. A dollar from each drink ($14) goes to Hope for Haiti.

2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Strawberry Fields at Capo Italian Deli

715A Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Italian deli’s recently reopened speakeasy bar, tucked behind a refrigerator door, makes this cocktail with strawberry-infused gin, yellow chartreuse, lemon, honey, and egg white. Rohit Malhotra’s lineup of popular Fauci Pouchy cocktails is still available at the sub shop, with springtime additions like pouched passionfruit margaritas and strawberry lemonade.

715A Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. The Card Players (1890) at BRESCA

1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The bar program at Michelin-starred Bresca continues to impress with spring cocktails inspired by impressionist paintings. Paul Cezanne’s “The Card Players” series provides the name for this playful glass of Woodinville Bourbon, a barrel-aged Pineau de Charentes apertif blend, homemade orgeat, and Amaro Sibilla ($18).

1906 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Marzano Bloody at Pupatella

1801 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A bloody mary at Pupatella’s Dupont Circle location
A bloody mary at Pupatella’s Dupont Circle location
Pupatella/official photo

Swing by Pupatella’s D.C. branch to test drive a new weekend brunch that includes a bloody mary made with San Marzano tomato pizza sauce. The red beverage comes with vodka, Worcestershire, celery salt, hot sauce, pickle juice, and lime juice for $8, or $21.95 for a bottomless option. It’s garnished with a sprig of basil and a Ciliegine mozzarella ball.

1801 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Pusser’s Painkiller at Duke's Grocery

1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The East London-influenced gastropub pub channels summer with a replica of the cocktail from the British Virgin Islands. Pusser’s, the official rum of the Royal Navy, gets mixed with pineapple juice, cream of coconut, orange, and nutmeg in colorful cups. Available at all three area locations ($13).

1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Ave at Las Gemelas Cocina Mexicana

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Leah Judson/For Las Gemelas

Espita’s new Mexican sibling spot in Union Market whips up a bright orange “Ave” with mezcal, mango, suze, lime, and epazote ($11).

1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Don’t Give Papaya at El Cielo

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
El Cielo/official photo

Be prepared to turn heads while sipping this papaya cocktail in a tiger vessel at Union Market’s flashy Colombian prix fixe place. The drink includes mezcal, rum, papaya syrup, mango syrup, and fresh lime and mandarin juice.

1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. The Bee at Residents Cafe & Bar

1306 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
The Bee at Residents Cafe & Bar
The Bee at Residents Cafe & Bar
Hawkeye Johnson/Residents

The buzzy bar in Dupont whips up a gorgeous group of cocktails for spring, including one with raw honey, bee wax, propolis, bee pollen, nordic mead, and Old Tom gin ($16). The “Sakura” features real cherry blossoms fluttering in the glass with Mancino sakura vermouth, sparkling sake, prosecco, and Midsummer Solstice gin.

1306 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. V&T at L'Annexe

2917 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
L’Annexe’s V&T cocktail
Christopher Hwang/@4mybelly

Georgetown’s glam cocktail parlor gives vermouth a starring role in this low-ABV cocktail ($16) with a little Cointreau for an added kick. Beverage director Hakim Hamid infuses the bar’s vermouth with butterfly pea tea to produce a layered lavender look, with touches of grapefruit and lemon for a bit of acidity and sweetness. The “Trunk Bay” (pineapple-infused rum, aloe vera, chocolate bitters) is also ideal for warm weather.

2917 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. You’re on Mute at BOURBON STEAK

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
You’re on Mute at Bourbon Steak.
Bourbon Steak/official photo

New lead bartender Engidawork Alebachew’s tongue-in-cheek reference to endless virtual meetings is this bright and invigorating glass of Ketel One Vodka, matcha green tea, lemon, grapefruit and clarified milk ($17).

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

11. Imperfecto Club at Imperfecto

1124 23rd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
The Imperfecto Club at Imperfecto
Jennifer Chase/Jennifer Chase Photography

Beluga vodka, Acqua di Cedro, yuzu juice, pineapple, and vanilla syrup unite in a delicate glass dusted with florals ($16) and created behind the glowing white bar at chef Enrique Limardo’s new Mediterranean-Latin fusion spot.

1124 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037

12. The Jamaican Gentleman at Morris American Bar

1020 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Beverage director Doug Fisher works with lots of seasonal fruits and honey at this chic Shaw cocktail bar, stirring up this tall drink of Appleton Estate Signature rum, lime, ginger, pineapple, and bitters.

1020 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Tía Mia at Blend 111

111 Church St NW Suite 101, Vienna, VA 22180

New cocktails at the Latin wine bar and restaurant in Vienna include this mixture of mezcal, dark rum, cointreau, amaretto, and spring citrus ($17.50).

111 Church St NW Suite 101
Vienna, VA 22180

14. Lavender Martinita at Stable DC

1324 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Lavender Martinita and Cherroni at Stable.
Amanda Hoey/Stable

A set of spring cocktails at the H Street NE Swiss restaurant includes a purple-hued Lavender Martinita ($13) — with Martini Bianco, Patron silver, lemon juice, and lavender butterfly pea simple syrup — and seasonal spin on a negroni dubbed a Cherroni.

1324 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

15. Basicalata at Modena

1100 New York Avenue NW, Corner of H and, 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Joy Asico / Asico Photo

Ashok Bajaj’s reenergized Italian restaurant downtown sends out a solid daiquiri made with Don Q Crystal Rum, strawberry basil, and fresh pressed lime juice that’s just $9 at happy hour.

1100 New York Avenue NW, Corner of H and, 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

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16. Frida at Paraíso Taquería & Mezcalería

1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Paraíso Taquería & Mezcalería/official

This colorful taqueria in Capitol Hill pays homage to famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with a pretty pink coupe of hibiscus-infused vodka, egg white, citrus, pomegranate syrup, and chamomile bitters ($13).

1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

17. A Little Wagyu and Whisky Never Hurts at NaRa-Ya

88 District Square SW 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20024

Theatrical cocktails compete for attention with sushi surrounded by lots of tropical flowers at the Wharf’s new Japanese restaurant. This blend of Japanese A5 wagyu-washed Mars Shinshu Iwai whisky, homemade togarashi syrup, and Becherovka liqueur, all finished with house bitters, is garnished with a piece of wagyu and maitake mushrooms torched tableside.

88 District Square SW 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20024

18. Greta’s Punch at GATSBY

1201 Half St SE Suite #205, Washington, DC 20003
Greta’s Punch at Gatsby
Greta’s Punch at Gatsby
Rey Lopez/For Gatsby

Knead Hospitality + Design’s new modern diner in Navy Yard builds a pretty punch with mango-infused vodka, Giffard’s rhubarb, strawberry, ginger, mint, and bubbles ($12). A pitcher for five is $54.

1201 Half St SE Suite #205
Washington, DC 20003

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