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Where to Find Trendy Coffee Cocktails in D.C.

Drinks that deliver a simultaneous jolt and buzz

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Boqueria’s icy new vodka-meets-coffee elixir.
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Maybe it’s the rising popularity of cold brew, or the ever-present boozy brunches in D.C., but for some reason, many hot bars and restaurants around town are combining coffee and alcohol into one cool drink for the summer.

Coffee cocktails take on many forms these days, with downtown’s BLT Steak upgrading the espresso martini with a spritz of CBD tincture to help 9-to-5 drinkers relax. Hotel rooftop bars at the Conrad and W Washington DC are in the action, too, offering icy elixirs engineered to cool off its al fresco guests.

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The Girl and The Vine

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Takoma Park’s new deli and wine shop just replaced its Irish coffee with an icy International Coffee ($11) cocktail, featuring cognac, house made creme de cacao, Braulio amaro, and a splash of milk and soda. “Think the old school International House of Coffee flavored coffee with booze,” co-owner Jocelyne DeHaas tells Eater.

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Seven Reasons

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Bar manager Josue Gonzalez, who most recently stirred drinks at Bresca and St. Anselm, has two espresso cocktails behind the leafy 12-seat bar at the trendy Latin American restaurant on 14th Street NW. The “A Sip Above It All” blends rums with coffee-infused martini bitters, creme de cacao, and madeira.

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St. Anselm

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The only hot drink on this list, St. Anselm’s perky Irish coffee is on the brunch menu. Here it comes with La Colombe’s Luisianne coffee, Jameson, and whipped cream ($11), all served in a colorful ‘Merica-themed mug.

Espita Mezcaleria

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Shaw’s Oaxacan-influenced mainstay offers a cold Café de Olla comprised of coffee, milk, canela cinnamon, and mezcal ($12). It’s only available during brunch.

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Via Sophia

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The Hamilton Hotel’s new pizza and pasta parlor serves a Fumo Del Japu cocktail designed with Nikka Coffee Whiskey, rhubarb honey, and wood spice ($14).

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Nicoletta Italian Kitchen

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New York-based Altamarea Group (Osteria Morini) recently opened an Italian all-day cafe and restaurant that offers a rich and creamy nitro martini on draft during brunch. The drink features espresso, vodka, and vanilla cream ($13).

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BLT Steak

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The Wake and Bake is a modern twist on an espresso martini, counteracting coffee jitters with an infusion of calming CBD tincture. The Brugal rum-based drink is filled with cold brew and finished with a flamed orange peel garnish ($16).

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Summit the Rooftop at Conrad Washington DC

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Hilton’s swanky month-old rooftop bar overlooking CityCenterDC sells a Parisian Party with Dolin Blanc, La Colombe cold brew, demerara, absinthe, and soda ($14).

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Boqueria

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The Leche de Pantera ($10), available at brunch only, comes with vodka, coffee, and condensed milk. The Barcelona-style tapas bar tops it with “Panther Powder.”

Succotash

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Succotash’s own label of Maker’s Mark Private Select Bourbon unites with St. George coffee liqueur, Carpano Antica, amara, and Havana & Hide Bitters for a Coffee and Cigarettes cocktail ($20).

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The W Hotel DC’s newly renovated perch overlooking the White House offers a Cold Brew “Covfefe” — a nod to President Donald Trump’s infamous tweet — with Leopold Bros. French press coffee liqueur on ice ($17 each; $80 for a carafe). The toupee-splashed cup also contains Buzzard Point barrel aged white rum, tonic, limoncello, and espresso.

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The Girl and The Vine

Takoma Park’s new deli and wine shop just replaced its Irish coffee with an icy International Coffee ($11) cocktail, featuring cognac, house made creme de cacao, Braulio amaro, and a splash of milk and soda. “Think the old school International House of Coffee flavored coffee with booze,” co-owner Jocelyne DeHaas tells Eater.

Jocelyne DeHaas/Girl and the Vine

Seven Reasons

Bar manager Josue Gonzalez, who most recently stirred drinks at Bresca and St. Anselm, has two espresso cocktails behind the leafy 12-seat bar at the trendy Latin American restaurant on 14th Street NW. The “A Sip Above It All” blends rums with coffee-infused martini bitters, creme de cacao, and madeira.

Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

St. Anselm

The only hot drink on this list, St. Anselm’s perky Irish coffee is on the brunch menu. Here it comes with La Colombe’s Luisianne coffee, Jameson, and whipped cream ($11), all served in a colorful ‘Merica-themed mug.

Espita Mezcaleria

Shaw’s Oaxacan-influenced mainstay offers a cold Café de Olla comprised of coffee, milk, canela cinnamon, and mezcal ($12). It’s only available during brunch.

Leah Beilhart/Espita

Via Sophia

The Hamilton Hotel’s new pizza and pasta parlor serves a Fumo Del Japu cocktail designed with Nikka Coffee Whiskey, rhubarb honey, and wood spice ($14).

Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Nicoletta Italian Kitchen

New York-based Altamarea Group (Osteria Morini) recently opened an Italian all-day cafe and restaurant that offers a rich and creamy nitro martini on draft during brunch. The drink features espresso, vodka, and vanilla cream ($13).

Spencer Starnes/NIK

BLT Steak

The Wake and Bake is a modern twist on an espresso martini, counteracting coffee jitters with an infusion of calming CBD tincture. The Brugal rum-based drink is filled with cold brew and finished with a flamed orange peel garnish ($16).

Jasmine Pierce/BLT Steak

Summit the Rooftop at Conrad Washington DC

Hilton’s swanky month-old rooftop bar overlooking CityCenterDC sells a Parisian Party with Dolin Blanc, La Colombe cold brew, demerara, absinthe, and soda ($14).

Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Boqueria

The Leche de Pantera ($10), available at brunch only, comes with vodka, coffee, and condensed milk. The Barcelona-style tapas bar tops it with “Panther Powder.”

Succotash

Succotash’s own label of Maker’s Mark Private Select Bourbon unites with St. George coffee liqueur, Carpano Antica, amara, and Havana & Hide Bitters for a Coffee and Cigarettes cocktail ($20).

Succotash/official photo

POV

The W Hotel DC’s newly renovated perch overlooking the White House offers a Cold Brew “Covfefe” — a nod to President Donald Trump’s infamous tweet — with Leopold Bros. French press coffee liqueur on ice ($17 each; $80 for a carafe). The toupee-splashed cup also contains Buzzard Point barrel aged white rum, tonic, limoncello, and espresso.

Ashley Cook/POV

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