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Jack Rose just unveiled more than 20 new fall cocktails last week.
Jack Rose just unveiled more than 20 new fall cocktails last week.
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13 Fall Cocktails to Try Right Now

Bring on the spice and steam

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Jack Rose just unveiled more than 20 new fall cocktails last week.
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As the leaves fall and the weather cools, D.C. bars have been rolling out comforting cocktails engineered to warm up guests. The drinks below are worth a taste because they’re new, they’re presented creatively, or they celebrate fall flavors by packing in ingredients like pumpkin puree or dehydrated fruits and cinnamon.

For our guide to D.C.’s hottest new bars, check out this list.

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No Holier Temple at Jug & Table

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Adams Morgan’s resident wine bar has a wine-forward cocktail for the fall. It’s made with Humbolt Redwood Rye, moscato, and Reagan’s orange bitters ($13). A staff favorite also just joined the lineup: a $6 “Teeny Tini” shot-sized martini made with Civic Vodka or Brooklyn Gin and Oscar 687 Vermouth.

No Holier Temple at Jug & Table
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Bonfires, Uggs, and Flannels at Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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This destination whiskey bar also knows how to work with vodka. This seasonal elixir comes with Lapsang Souchong Belvedere, amaro montenegro, arbol chile, orange, lemon, whey, and firewater bitters ($14).

Bonfires, Uggs, and Flannels at Jack Rose Dining Saloon
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Tall, Dark and Frothy at Service Bar DC

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The postage stamp-sized bar in Shaw that just turned 3 perks up regulars with a cold concoction of coffee, coconut, Brugal XV rum, armagnac, and bitters ($15).

Tall, Dark and Frothy at Service Bar DC
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Pumpkin Spice at El Techo

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Shaw’s newly enclosed rooftop respite warms up guests with a hot mug of fresh pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and cream, all spiked with tequila or mezcal ($12).

Pumpkin Spice at El Techo
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Hendricks Spicy Gimlet at HopScotch Bar & Grill

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Bloomingdale’s board game bar puts a spicy spin on a gimlet ($12). Another playful take on a classic is its potent Black Russian that’s served without cream.

Hendricks Spicy Gimlet at HopScotch Bar & Grill
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El Bastardo at The Royal

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A riff on a Suffering Bastard comes with Colombian rum, gin, ancho chile-infused maple, Colombian herb guascas tincture, and bitters, garnished with cured and smoked apricot that’s akin to vegan candied bacon ($13).

El Bastardo at The Royal
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Carbonated Old Fashioned at Last Call

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Mixtress Gina Chersevani’s new dive-ish bar in the Union Market district makes a carbonated Old Fashioned on draft for just $6. Her bubbly spin on the classic is inspired by the ‘50s trend of adding club soda.

Carbonated Old Fashioned at Last Call
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Sour De La Paz at Bourbon Steak

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The decade-old, ritzy lounge tucked inside the Four Seasons serves a Sour De La Paz featuring Singani 63, Bolivian Tannat, yellow chartreuse, lemon, ginger, and peach bitters ($18).

Sour De La Paz at Bourbon Steak
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Tyranny at Allegory

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The dark, signless bar hidden off Eaton DC’s lobby serves a garnish-heavy elixir packed with Don Q Anejo, Batavia Arrack, Aperol, maraschino, absinthe, grapefruit, and lime ($16). The popular order doubles as a scorpion bowl that serves four to six ($60).

Tyranny at Allegory
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Barrel-Aged Cognac at Kingbird

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The Watergate hotel’s new barrel-aged cocktail program requires a month of prep work. The time-intensive cognac variety is a blend of Martell VSOP Red Barrel, walnut liqueur, Nola Coffee liqueur, and chocolate bitters.

Barrel-Aged Cognac at Kingbird
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Endless Summer at POV

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The W’s rooftop bar clearly wants summer to stay put, having just released this elixir with Martell Blue Swift, St. Germain, lemon, and tiki bitters.

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Imli at Punjab Grill

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The detail-oriented cocktail program at downtown’s elaborate Indian restaurant slings a cool glass of Espolon Reposado tequila, Old Forester bourbon, Grand Marnier, tamarindo, persimmon, and cinnamon ($15).

Imli at Punjab Grill
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Cielo Rojo at Mi Vida Restaurante

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The modern Mexican eatery’s seasonal margarita, designed for sipping while overlooking fall foliage across the Potomac, features Chamucos Blanco, spicy pasilla-infused cranberry, lime, and chile salt ($14).

Cielo Rojo at Mi Vida Restaurante
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No Holier Temple at Jug & Table

No Holier Temple at Jug & Table
Jug & Table/official photo

Adams Morgan’s resident wine bar has a wine-forward cocktail for the fall. It’s made with Humbolt Redwood Rye, moscato, and Reagan’s orange bitters ($13). A staff favorite also just joined the lineup: a $6 “Teeny Tini” shot-sized martini made with Civic Vodka or Brooklyn Gin and Oscar 687 Vermouth.

No Holier Temple at Jug & Table
Jug & Table/official photo

Bonfires, Uggs, and Flannels at Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Bonfires, Uggs, and Flannels at Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Jack Rose/official photo

This destination whiskey bar also knows how to work with vodka. This seasonal elixir comes with Lapsang Souchong Belvedere, amaro montenegro, arbol chile, orange, lemon, whey, and firewater bitters ($14).

Bonfires, Uggs, and Flannels at Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Jack Rose/official photo

Tall, Dark and Frothy at Service Bar DC

Tall, Dark and Frothy at Service Bar DC
@dd_mcc/Service Bar

The postage stamp-sized bar in Shaw that just turned 3 perks up regulars with a cold concoction of coffee, coconut, Brugal XV rum, armagnac, and bitters ($15).

Tall, Dark and Frothy at Service Bar DC
@dd_mcc/Service Bar

Pumpkin Spice at El Techo

Pumpkin Spice at El Techo
El Techo/official photo

Shaw’s newly enclosed rooftop respite warms up guests with a hot mug of fresh pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and cream, all spiked with tequila or mezcal ($12).

Pumpkin Spice at El Techo
El Techo/official photo

Hendricks Spicy Gimlet at HopScotch Bar & Grill

Hendricks Spicy Gimlet at HopScotch Bar & Grill
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Bloomingdale’s board game bar puts a spicy spin on a gimlet ($12). Another playful take on a classic is its potent Black Russian that’s served without cream.

Hendricks Spicy Gimlet at HopScotch Bar & Grill
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

El Bastardo at The Royal

El Bastardo at The Royal
The Royal/official photo

A riff on a Suffering Bastard comes with Colombian rum, gin, ancho chile-infused maple, Colombian herb guascas tincture, and bitters, garnished with cured and smoked apricot that’s akin to vegan candied bacon ($13).

El Bastardo at The Royal
The Royal/official photo

Carbonated Old Fashioned at Last Call

Carbonated Old Fashioned at Last Call
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Mixtress Gina Chersevani’s new dive-ish bar in the Union Market district makes a carbonated Old Fashioned on draft for just $6. Her bubbly spin on the classic is inspired by the ‘50s trend of adding club soda.

Carbonated Old Fashioned at Last Call
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Sour De La Paz at Bourbon Steak

Sour De La Paz at Bourbon Steak
Bourbon Steak/official photo

The decade-old, ritzy lounge tucked inside the Four Seasons serves a Sour De La Paz featuring Singani 63, Bolivian Tannat, yellow chartreuse, lemon, ginger, and peach bitters ($18).

Sour De La Paz at Bourbon Steak
Bourbon Steak/official photo

Tyranny at Allegory

Tyranny at Allegory
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

The dark, signless bar hidden off Eaton DC’s lobby serves a garnish-heavy elixir packed with Don Q Anejo, Batavia Arrack, Aperol, maraschino, absinthe, grapefruit, and lime ($16). The popular order doubles as a scorpion bowl that serves four to six ($60).

Tyranny at Allegory
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Barrel-Aged Cognac at Kingbird

Barrel-Aged Cognac at Kingbird
Kingbird/official photo

The Watergate hotel’s new barrel-aged cocktail program requires a month of prep work. The time-intensive cognac variety is a blend of Martell VSOP Red Barrel, walnut liqueur, Nola Coffee liqueur, and chocolate bitters.

Barrel-Aged Cognac at Kingbird
Kingbird/official photo

Endless Summer at POV

Endless Summer at POV
POV/official photo

The W’s rooftop bar clearly wants summer to stay put, having just released this elixir with Martell Blue Swift, St. Germain, lemon, and tiki bitters.

Endless Summer at POV
POV/official photo

Imli at Punjab Grill

Imli at Punjab Grill
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

The detail-oriented cocktail program at downtown’s elaborate Indian restaurant slings a cool glass of Espolon Reposado tequila, Old Forester bourbon, Grand Marnier, tamarindo, persimmon, and cinnamon ($15).

Imli at Punjab Grill
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Cielo Rojo at Mi Vida Restaurante

Cielo Rojo at Mi Vida Restaurante
Darlin Kulla/Mi Vida

The modern Mexican eatery’s seasonal margarita, designed for sipping while overlooking fall foliage across the Potomac, features Chamucos Blanco, spicy pasilla-infused cranberry, lime, and chile salt ($14).

Cielo Rojo at Mi Vida Restaurante
Darlin Kulla/Mi Vida

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