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24 To-Go Cocktails to Try Around D.C. Right Now

Sip old favorites and seasonal drinks in the comfort of home

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Amazonia at Seven Reasons.
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D.C. area bars and restaurants got the green light to sell to-go cocktails early in the public health crisis, so an array of mixologists around the city have had months to figure out how to translate their favorite drinks for takeout. Fall flavors found behind bars this month include pumpkin, apple, and rhubarb, all designed to capture the crisp season. This map highlight some longtime hits that continue to sell well, with a sprinkling of seasonal specialties. Here are two dozen options to sample right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Burro Loco at Tequila & Mezcal

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3475 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 450-2193
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Partner Israel Montero makes this habanero-spiced mezcal cocktail with lime and agave at the sister bar to Taqueria Habanero in Columbia Heights. Takeout cocktails range from $10 to $13. — Gabe Hiatt

2. Wang Cheung at Queen’s English

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3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Co-owner Sarah Thompson curates a funky wine list and creates the cocktails and this Hong Kong-style Cantonese restaurant in Columbia Heights. The $13, batched Wang Cheung (bourbon, Bonal French apertif, pei pah koa medicinal syrup) is a signature drink and tribute to chef Henji Cheung, Thompson’s husband. Takeaway is available for dinner six days a week (closed Wednesdays). — G.H.

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Queen’s English co-owner Sarah Thompson
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3. Amazonia at Seven Reasons

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2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 417-8563
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The high-end Latin hit has an Instagram channel with tutorials on how to prepare its cocktails at home. The to-go Amazonia ($14) is a complex mixture of rums, Rujero Singani, Whistle Pig Rye, Bativia Arrak, Fino Sherry, creole and angostura bitters, thyme, Yerba Mate tea, papaya, and lemon.

4. F*ck Trump at The Green Zone

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2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

The Middle Eastern bar in Adams Morgan has kept around a timely drink that’s been a hit since day one. A “furious Arab-Mexican resistance fusion” of rum, Ilegal mezcal, fizzy Vimto, and lemon is best served over crushed ice ($14). An online happy hour for takeout and delivery orders slashes prices Wednesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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5. Rojo Bloody Maria at Roy Boys (Multiple locations)

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2108 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 558-9382
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Beverage director Frank Mills makes a tequila-based bloody maria at this fried chicken and oyster spot, which offers takeout and delivery from locations in Shaw and Navy Yard. A $30 batch serves three to four. — G.H.

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6. Pisco Punch at Service Bar DC

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926-928 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 462-7232
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This service worker hangout on U Street NW, known for affordable cocktails and vibrant flavors, has started bottling a pisco drink infused with concord grapes, apples, citrus, and aromatic tea ($15). Service Bar’s $12 Old Fashioneds with Wild Turkey and Spanish brandy are a steal. — G.H.

7. Pina Kamala at Capo Italian Deli

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715 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 827-8012
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The Shaw deli’s popular Fauci Pouchy cocktails are now joined by an accompanying cast of characters, like this ode to the Democratic vice presidential candidate with Don Q Rum, pineapple, orange, and nutmeg ($14).

8. Iced Mint Tea with Vodka at Compass Rose

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1346 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-4765
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The global restaurant near U Street NW has a new weekend bakery, La Bodega, that slings bottled cocktails like a Moroccan mint tea brewed from Calabash Tea & Tonic leaves alongside vodka and fresh lime ($10).

9. Mezcal at 600t

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600 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 885-8888
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Muddled cucumber, blackberries, lemon, basil, Mezcal Union Uno, and soda unite in the simply named Mezcal as part of the rebooted cocktail bar’s debut lineup of to-go bottled cocktails ($16 to $18). Old Fashioned connoisseurs will appreciate varieties that employ high-end bourbons.

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10. No Mountains Near Normandy at McClellan's Retreat

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2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-6270
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The Dupont Circle cocktail bar’s new “hot stuff” menu ($15) makes a portable, warming drink with Plantation OFTD, cardamaro, Vecchio amaro, and hot cider.

No Mountains Near Normandy at McClellan’s Retreat.
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11. The Rickey at Truxton Inn

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251 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 733-4952
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The library-themed cocktail bar with a hidden patio out back sends out D.C.’s iconic rickey ($13) with Old Forester signature bourbon or Catoctin Creek watershed gin, lime, club soda. New fall additions play with pumpkin puree, apple, and coffee and cocoa bitters.

The David S. Pumpkins (Henry McKenna sour mash bourbon, pumpkin puree, fall simple syrup, whole egg, and club soda) at Truxton Inn.
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12. The Tramp at Chaplin's Restaurant

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1501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 644-8806
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Shaw’s original ramen bar fashioned a to-go cocktail table on its patio for easy takeaway service. The drafty Tramp ($12) — half off during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — comes with Bulleit Bourbon, benedictine, Peychaud’s bitters, and burnt orange peel.

13. Best Ever Margarita at Serenata

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1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 920-7373
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Managing partner Andra “AJ” Johnson offers a spicy to-go margarita ($13) at this pan-Latin cocktail bar at the La Cosecha market. The “best ever” version stirs together blanco tequila, orange Curacao, lime, and a thick, fiery gomme syrup made with pineapple and nopal (cactus paddle). — G.H.

14. Quince at Residents Cafe & Bar

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1306 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 602-9563
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The year-old Dupont Circle bar has expanded its palm-filled patio to seat more fans. Takeout customers can also enjoy its signature espresso martinis, made with ghee, vanilla, chocolate, Borsci, Galliano Ristretto, and vodka ($15). The Quince (lime, pineapple, ginger, peychauds, Ramazzoti Rosato tequila, and club soda) is part of its latest fall menu.

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15. Cap Spritz at St. Anselm

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1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 864-2199
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Diners flock to the Union Market district for chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s buttery biscuits, steakhouse fare with flair, and inventive cocktails. A rosewater-spin on an Aperol Spritz comes with Apertivo Cappelletti, Badenhorst Caperitif, and Simonet sparkling wine ($24). All to-go cocktails are designed for two.

16. Strawberry Shake at Ghostburger

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-9695
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The cheeseburger and cheesesteak ghost kitchen run out of Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw offers a version of a boozy milkshake (sans ice cream) that aims to replicate a melty consistency. The strawberry shake ($11) includes sweetened milk, reposado tequila, and strawberry liqueur. — G.H.

17. Sweater Weather at Columbia Room

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124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396
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The respected Blagden Alley cocktail bar’s latest fizzy, bottled creation is filled with Nikka Coffey Grain, cinnamon, and clarified apple ($15). The bar’s accompanying Your Only Friend sandwich pop-up was just extended through December. Takeout customers can also support the Back to Black pop-up here by buying drinks from Andra “AJ” Johnson (Serenata) and Richard Sterling (Thamee).

18. Adult Juice Boxes at Calico

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50 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 791-0134
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Considered a pioneer in the pouched cocktail game, this backyard Blagden Alley bar fills portable pouches with fruity tequila, gin, or vodka drinks ($12).

19. White Negroni at King Street Oyster Bar

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22 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 621-8513
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The “Stirred and Serious” section at the hopping NoMa oyster bar features a potent Negroni built with Roku gin, strawberry-infused yellow Chartreuse, and Capitoline White Vermouth ($12). Its popular happy hour, with $5 sangrias and house punches, is also available for takeout

20. Passion Sour at Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar

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1823 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 559-3726
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The Dupont Circle hotel restaurant now bottles its destination pisco sours in 12-ounce bottles for pickup ($20). A new pineapple-infused version (dine-in only) puts a tropical spin on the Peruvian staple to keep summer in season.

Passion sour at Pisco y Nazca.
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21. Gooseberry Smash Gin at Blend 111

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111 Church St NW Suite 101
Vienna, VA 22180
(571) 363-3613
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Pressed-to-order juices and seasonal fruits play starring roles in fall cocktails at this Latin-leaning cafe in Vienna. This $16.50 concoction comes with gooseberries, elderflower, and lime. 

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22. 3PM in Istanbul at Zaytinya

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701 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0800
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José Andrés’s Mediterranean mainstay in Penn Quarter marries vodka, Aperol, lemon, lavender, mint, vanilla, lime, grapefruit for this pickup and delivery drink for two ($12) or eight ($40). A Pom Fili option mixes red wine, vodka, orange, and ginger flavors.

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23. Celia at Colada Shop (Multiple locations)

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10 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 932-2980
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The Cuban cafe, now making waves on the Wharf, is known for its rum cocktails. This best seller comes with Bacardi Superior, lime, tart cherry, watermelon syrup, and salt ($11). The Southwest location also has frozen cocktails like a guava frosé.

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24. Pomegranate Margaritas at Taco and Piña

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4041 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 567-4747
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Shirlington Village just got the okay to allow patrons to carry open containers, making it possible to pick up and enjoy the taco shop’s hibiscus and pomegranate margaritas by the pint ($9) or quart ($26) while walking throughout the Arlington restaurant district.

1. Burro Loco at Tequila & Mezcal

3475 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Partner Israel Montero makes this habanero-spiced mezcal cocktail with lime and agave at the sister bar to Taqueria Habanero in Columbia Heights. Takeout cocktails range from $10 to $13. — Gabe Hiatt

3475 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. Wang Cheung at Queen’s English

3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Sarah Thompson
Queen’s English co-owner Sarah Thompson
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Co-owner Sarah Thompson curates a funky wine list and creates the cocktails and this Hong Kong-style Cantonese restaurant in Columbia Heights. The $13, batched Wang Cheung (bourbon, Bonal French apertif, pei pah koa medicinal syrup) is a signature drink and tribute to chef Henji Cheung, Thompson’s husband. Takeaway is available for dinner six days a week (closed Wednesdays). — G.H.

3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Amazonia at Seven Reasons

2208 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The high-end Latin hit has an Instagram channel with tutorials on how to prepare its cocktails at home. The to-go Amazonia ($14) is a complex mixture of rums, Rujero Singani, Whistle Pig Rye, Bativia Arrak, Fino Sherry, creole and angostura bitters, thyme, Yerba Mate tea, papaya, and lemon.

2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. F*ck Trump at The Green Zone

2226 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Green Zone/official photo

The Middle Eastern bar in Adams Morgan has kept around a timely drink that’s been a hit since day one. A “furious Arab-Mexican resistance fusion” of rum, Ilegal mezcal, fizzy Vimto, and lemon is best served over crushed ice ($14). An online happy hour for takeout and delivery orders slashes prices Wednesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Rojo Bloody Maria at Roy Boys (Multiple locations)

2108 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Roy Boys bloody mary Roy Boys/official

Beverage director Frank Mills makes a tequila-based bloody maria at this fried chicken and oyster spot, which offers takeout and delivery from locations in Shaw and Navy Yard. A $30 batch serves three to four. — G.H.

2108 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Pisco Punch at Service Bar DC

926-928 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This service worker hangout on U Street NW, known for affordable cocktails and vibrant flavors, has started bottling a pisco drink infused with concord grapes, apples, citrus, and aromatic tea ($15). Service Bar’s $12 Old Fashioneds with Wild Turkey and Spanish brandy are a steal. — G.H.

926-928 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Pina Kamala at Capo Italian Deli

715 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Shaw deli’s popular Fauci Pouchy cocktails are now joined by an accompanying cast of characters, like this ode to the Democratic vice presidential candidate with Don Q Rum, pineapple, orange, and nutmeg ($14).

715 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Iced Mint Tea with Vodka at Compass Rose

1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The global restaurant near U Street NW has a new weekend bakery, La Bodega, that slings bottled cocktails like a Moroccan mint tea brewed from Calabash Tea & Tonic leaves alongside vodka and fresh lime ($10).

1346 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Mezcal at 600t

600 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
600 T/official photo

Muddled cucumber, blackberries, lemon, basil, Mezcal Union Uno, and soda unite in the simply named Mezcal as part of the rebooted cocktail bar’s debut lineup of to-go bottled cocktails ($16 to $18). Old Fashioned connoisseurs will appreciate varieties that employ high-end bourbons.

600 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. No Mountains Near Normandy at McClellan's Retreat

2031 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
No Mountains Near Normandy at McClellan’s Retreat.
McClellan’s Retreat/official photo

The Dupont Circle cocktail bar’s new “hot stuff” menu ($15) makes a portable, warming drink with Plantation OFTD, cardamaro, Vecchio amaro, and hot cider.

2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

11. The Rickey at Truxton Inn

251 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
The David S. Pumpkins (Henry McKenna sour mash bourbon, pumpkin puree, fall simple syrup, whole egg, and club soda) at Truxton Inn.
Truxton Inn/official photo

The library-themed cocktail bar with a hidden patio out back sends out D.C.’s iconic rickey ($13) with Old Forester signature bourbon or Catoctin Creek watershed gin, lime, club soda. New fall additions play with pumpkin puree, apple, and coffee and cocoa bitters.

251 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. The Tramp at Chaplin's Restaurant

1501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Shaw’s original ramen bar fashioned a to-go cocktail table on its patio for easy takeaway service. The drafty Tramp ($12) — half off during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — comes with Bulleit Bourbon, benedictine, Peychaud’s bitters, and burnt orange peel.

1501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Best Ever Margarita at Serenata

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Managing partner Andra “AJ” Johnson offers a spicy to-go margarita ($13) at this pan-Latin cocktail bar at the La Cosecha market. The “best ever” version stirs together blanco tequila, orange Curacao, lime, and a thick, fiery gomme syrup made with pineapple and nopal (cactus paddle). — G.H.

1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

14. Quince at Residents Cafe & Bar

1306 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Hawkeye Johnson/Residents

The year-old Dupont Circle bar has expanded its palm-filled patio to seat more fans. Takeout customers can also enjoy its signature espresso martinis, made with ghee, vanilla, chocolate, Borsci, Galliano Ristretto, and vodka ($15). The Quince (lime, pineapple, ginger, peychauds, Ramazzoti Rosato tequila, and club soda) is part of its latest fall menu.

1306 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

15. Cap Spritz at St. Anselm

1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Diners flock to the Union Market district for chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s buttery biscuits, steakhouse fare with flair, and inventive cocktails. A rosewater-spin on an Aperol Spritz comes with Apertivo Cappelletti, Badenhorst Caperitif, and Simonet sparkling wine ($24). All to-go cocktails are designed for two.

1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

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16. Strawberry Shake at Ghostburger

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The cheeseburger and cheesesteak ghost kitchen run out of Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw offers a version of a boozy milkshake (sans ice cream) that aims to replicate a melty consistency. The strawberry shake ($11) includes sweetened milk, reposado tequila, and strawberry liqueur. — G.H.

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

17. Sweater Weather at Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

The respected Blagden Alley cocktail bar’s latest fizzy, bottled creation is filled with Nikka Coffey Grain, cinnamon, and clarified apple ($15). The bar’s accompanying Your Only Friend sandwich pop-up was just extended through December. Takeout customers can also support the Back to Black pop-up here by buying drinks from Andra “AJ” Johnson (Serenata) and Richard Sterling (Thamee).

124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

18. Adult Juice Boxes at Calico

50 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

Considered a pioneer in the pouched cocktail game, this backyard Blagden Alley bar fills portable pouches with fruity tequila, gin, or vodka drinks ($12).

50 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

19. White Negroni at King Street Oyster Bar

22 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The “Stirred and Serious” section at the hopping NoMa oyster bar features a potent Negroni built with Roku gin, strawberry-infused yellow Chartreuse, and Capitoline White Vermouth ($12). Its popular happy hour, with $5 sangrias and house punches, is also available for takeout

22 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002

20. Passion Sour at Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar

1823 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Passion sour at Pisco y Nazca.
Pisco y Nazca/official photo

The Dupont Circle hotel restaurant now bottles its destination pisco sours in 12-ounce bottles for pickup ($20). A new pineapple-infused version (dine-in only) puts a tropical spin on the Peruvian staple to keep summer in season.

1823 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036

21. Gooseberry Smash Gin at Blend 111

111 Church St NW Suite 101, Vienna, VA 22180
Blend 111/official photo

Pressed-to-order juices and seasonal fruits play starring roles in fall cocktails at this Latin-leaning cafe in Vienna. This $16.50 concoction comes with gooseberries, elderflower, and lime. 

111 Church St NW Suite 101
Vienna, VA 22180

22. 3PM in Istanbul at Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Zaytinya/official photo

José Andrés’s Mediterranean mainstay in Penn Quarter marries vodka, Aperol, lemon, lavender, mint, vanilla, lime, grapefruit for this pickup and delivery drink for two ($12) or eight ($40). A Pom Fili option mixes red wine, vodka, orange, and ginger flavors.

701 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

23. Celia at Colada Shop (Multiple locations)

10 Pearl St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

The Cuban cafe, now making waves on the Wharf, is known for its rum cocktails. This best seller comes with Bacardi Superior, lime, tart cherry, watermelon syrup, and salt ($11). The Southwest location also has frozen cocktails like a guava frosé.

10 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC 20024

24. Pomegranate Margaritas at Taco and Piña

4041 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Shirlington Village just got the okay to allow patrons to carry open containers, making it possible to pick up and enjoy the taco shop’s hibiscus and pomegranate margaritas by the pint ($9) or quart ($26) while walking throughout the Arlington restaurant district.

4041 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

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