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La Mexicana at Buena Vida Clarendon.
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12 Seasonal Cocktails to Sip This Spring

Lots of rum, amaro, and pomegranate star in drinks across town

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La Mexicana at Buena Vida Clarendon.
| Buena Vida/official photo

As patios and rooftops begin to open up for the spring, a gamut of local bars and restaurants have begun serving cocktails full of rum, amaro, and seasonal fruits and veggies.

This list highlights drinks that are super new, have a creative presentation, or feature light flavors — like ginger and pomegranate — that are designed for warmer weather.

For our guide to D.C.’s hottest new bars, check out this list. And for a broader view of the drinking landscape, click this list of essential bars. For time-sensitive cherry blossom drinks, go here.

Don’t see a personal favorite on the list? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Prince of Pankot at La Pop

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1847 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 999-6216
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Lined with leather-bound books and Afghan rugs, the new cocktail bar underneath Lapis Afghan Bistro kicked off cocktail service in February. Spring picks (dropping Thursday, April 4) include a tiki-style drink with curried London dry gin, pomegranate liqueur, lime, ginger, and orgeat ($13).

Prince of Pankot at La Pop
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2. U.R.R. at The Gibson

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2009 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-2156
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The decade-old U Street speakeasy fills this seasonal flute with Plantation 3 Star Rum, Don Ciccio and Figli rhubarb amaro, sparkling wine, and ginger for a little kick.

U.R.R. at The Gibson
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3. The Zombie at Service Bar DC

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926-928 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 462-7232
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Use both hands to hoist Service Bar’s potent ode to the islands. It’s packed with 15-year rum, Jamaican rum, Menehune Pineapple overproof rum, falernum, absinthe, green Chartreuse, Combier D’Orange, Luxardo Maraschino, grenadine, fresh pineapple, lime, grapefruit juices, and angostura ($21; a supersized group guzzling order runs $64).

The Zombie at Service Bar DC
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4. Black Star Sapphire at Bresca

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1906 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 518-7926
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This intricate drink, one of the Michelin-rated restaurant’s new Auroral Borealis-themed offerings, is inspired by the starry reflection when light hits a sapphire. It’s got Cocchi Americano, Amaro Braulio, Combier triple sec, byrrh, sapphire blend bitters, and Indian tonic ($15). A fancy orange swath is the garnish.

Black Star Sapphire at Bresca
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5. Our Place In the Sun at Doi Moi

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1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 733-5131
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Hank’s Cocktail Bar alum Jess Weinstein consulted on new spring cocktails at this sleek day-to-night Logan Circle eatery, integrating ingredients chef Johanna Hellrigl uses across the reinvented Southeast Asian menu. This $15 collab comes with Hennessy Cognac, 12-year Highland Park Scotch, passion fruit, orgeat made from wok-toasted cashews, Ardbeg scotch, and banana chip.

Our Place In the Sun at Doi Moi
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6. Let’s Go To Vegas! 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 watering hole just released a new lineup themed around tax return splurges. This Sin City drink, served chilled, comes with Hendrick’s Orbium, Hayman’s Sloe Gin, house-made mango vinegar, and simple syrup ($13).

Let’s Go To Vegas! at McClellan’s Retreat
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7. Zephyr at Zeppelin

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1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-1068
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The nucleus of Shaw’s new two-story sushi, karaoke, and yakitori bar is a rare highball machine built into the laser-cut steel bar that’s responsible for making many cocktails ($8 to $14). The machine’s magnetic agitators constantly swirl the liquid in the keg to produce a balanced drink. This electric-colored option comes with Haku Vodka, Pimms, pandan (a tropical herb), cucumber, ginger, lime, and baller bubbles.

 

Zephyr at Zeppelin
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8. The Pimm Rose at Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill-Georgetown

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in Canal Square, 1054 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 470-6606
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The stone-lined Georgetown respite along the banks of the C&O Canal mixes Pimm’s, Rujero Singani, elderflower liqueur, and rose syrup ($11).

The Pimm Rose at Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill-Georgetown
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9. Spring Old Fashioned at RPM Italian

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650 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 204-4480
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High West Double Rye, orange Demerara sugar, and birch bark bitters swirl around in this potent high ball at downtown’s Italian mainstay ($15). And a new trio of spritzes ripe for sipping on its spacious 60-seat patio — simply dubbed “R”, “P”, and “M” — are filled with co-founder and TV personality Giuliana Rancic’s favorite prosecco.

Spring Old Fashioned at RPM Italian
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10. Dracula’s Breakfast at Mirabelle

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900 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 506-3833
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The reinvented French stunner’s frothy new cocktail is modeled after a Ramos Gin Fizz (but a little fruitier). It’s got Sipsmith London Dry Gin, Campari, blood orange, Count Chocula cream, egg white, and soda water ($19). Lead bartender Zach Faden also just released an effervescent vodka cocktail on draft, called Ticket to Ride.

Dracula’s Breakfast at Mirabelle
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11. What’s Up, Doc? at The Smith

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901 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 868-4900
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This crisp cocktail, served at the American brasserie’s dual D.C. locations, is centered around fresh vegetable flavors made with aquavit, carrot-ginger-tarragon shrub, tangerine, lemon, and dill ($13.50).

The Smith
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12. La Mexicana at Buena Vida Restaurant Clarendon

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2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 888-1259
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The restaurant group behind Ambar just unveiled this towering Mexican food complex across the street, and the second-story Buena Vida restaurant has a rolling cocktail cart. This sweet-and-sour concoction has Oaxacan rum, soursop purée, lemon, agave nectar, pomegranate seeds ($11).

La Mexicana at Buena Vida Restaurant Clarendon
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1. Prince of Pankot at La Pop

1847 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
Prince of Pankot at La Pop
Maha Hakki/La Pop

Lined with leather-bound books and Afghan rugs, the new cocktail bar underneath Lapis Afghan Bistro kicked off cocktail service in February. Spring picks (dropping Thursday, April 4) include a tiki-style drink with curried London dry gin, pomegranate liqueur, lime, ginger, and orgeat ($13).

1847 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. U.R.R. at The Gibson

2009 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
U.R.R. at The Gibson
The Gibson/official photo

The decade-old U Street speakeasy fills this seasonal flute with Plantation 3 Star Rum, Don Ciccio and Figli rhubarb amaro, sparkling wine, and ginger for a little kick.

2009 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. The Zombie at Service Bar DC

926-928 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Zombie at Service Bar DC
Service Bar/official photo

Use both hands to hoist Service Bar’s potent ode to the islands. It’s packed with 15-year rum, Jamaican rum, Menehune Pineapple overproof rum, falernum, absinthe, green Chartreuse, Combier D’Orange, Luxardo Maraschino, grenadine, fresh pineapple, lime, grapefruit juices, and angostura ($21; a supersized group guzzling order runs $64).

926-928 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Black Star Sapphire at Bresca

1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Black Star Sapphire at Bresca
Rey Lopez/Bresca

This intricate drink, one of the Michelin-rated restaurant’s new Auroral Borealis-themed offerings, is inspired by the starry reflection when light hits a sapphire. It’s got Cocchi Americano, Amaro Braulio, Combier triple sec, byrrh, sapphire blend bitters, and Indian tonic ($15). A fancy orange swath is the garnish.

1906 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Our Place In the Sun at Doi Moi

1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Our Place In the Sun at Doi Moi
Raisa Aziz/Doi Moi

Hank’s Cocktail Bar alum Jess Weinstein consulted on new spring cocktails at this sleek day-to-night Logan Circle eatery, integrating ingredients chef Johanna Hellrigl uses across the reinvented Southeast Asian menu. This $15 collab comes with Hennessy Cognac, 12-year Highland Park Scotch, passion fruit, orgeat made from wok-toasted cashews, Ardbeg scotch, and banana chip.

1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Let’s Go To Vegas! at McClellan's Retreat

2031 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Let’s Go To Vegas! at McClellan’s Retreat
McClellan’s Retreat/official photo

The Dupont Circle watering hole just released a new lineup themed around tax return splurges. This Sin City drink, served chilled, comes with Hendrick’s Orbium, Hayman’s Sloe Gin, house-made mango vinegar, and simple syrup ($13).

2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. Zephyr at Zeppelin

1544 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Zephyr at Zeppelin
Zeppelin’s/official photo

The nucleus of Shaw’s new two-story sushi, karaoke, and yakitori bar is a rare highball machine built into the laser-cut steel bar that’s responsible for making many cocktails ($8 to $14). The machine’s magnetic agitators constantly swirl the liquid in the keg to produce a balanced drink. This electric-colored option comes with Haku Vodka, Pimms, pandan (a tropical herb), cucumber, ginger, lime, and baller bubbles.

 

1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. The Pimm Rose at Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill-Georgetown

in Canal Square, 1054 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
The Pimm Rose at Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill-Georgetown
Dyllan’s/official photo

The stone-lined Georgetown respite along the banks of the C&O Canal mixes Pimm’s, Rujero Singani, elderflower liqueur, and rose syrup ($11).

in Canal Square, 1054 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. Spring Old Fashioned at RPM Italian

650 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Spring Old Fashioned at RPM Italian
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

High West Double Rye, orange Demerara sugar, and birch bark bitters swirl around in this potent high ball at downtown’s Italian mainstay ($15). And a new trio of spritzes ripe for sipping on its spacious 60-seat patio — simply dubbed “R”, “P”, and “M” — are filled with co-founder and TV personality Giuliana Rancic’s favorite prosecco.

650 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Dracula’s Breakfast at Mirabelle

900 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Dracula’s Breakfast at Mirabelle
Mirabelle/official photo

The reinvented French stunner’s frothy new cocktail is modeled after a Ramos Gin Fizz (but a little fruitier). It’s got Sipsmith London Dry Gin, Campari, blood orange, Count Chocula cream, egg white, and soda water ($19). Lead bartender Zach Faden also just released an effervescent vodka cocktail on draft, called Ticket to Ride.

900 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006

11. What’s Up, Doc? at The Smith

901 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The Smith
The Smith/official photo

This crisp cocktail, served at the American brasserie’s dual D.C. locations, is centered around fresh vegetable flavors made with aquavit, carrot-ginger-tarragon shrub, tangerine, lemon, and dill ($13.50).

901 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. La Mexicana at Buena Vida Restaurant Clarendon

2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103, Arlington, VA 22201
La Mexicana at Buena Vida Restaurant Clarendon
Buena Vida/official photo

The restaurant group behind Ambar just unveiled this towering Mexican food complex across the street, and the second-story Buena Vida restaurant has a rolling cocktail cart. This sweet-and-sour concoction has Oaxacan rum, soursop purée, lemon, agave nectar, pomegranate seeds ($11).

2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103
Arlington, VA 22201

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