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D.C.'s Most Delicious Springtime Cocktails

by Lanna Nguyen on Mar 28, 2017 in Roundups

The seasons are changing, and so are the cocktail menus at these D.C. restaurants and bars; celebrate the start of spring with one of these refreshing drinks!

Bourbon Steak
Head bartender Torrence Swain recently unveiled new springtime cocktails, perfect for sipping on the patio with the impending warm weather. Try the Xtra Smedium (Edinburg Cannonball Gin, Lime, Watermelon, Habanero, and Basil served with a Watermelon Popsicle) the Its Sooo Nice (Nolet's Silver Gin, Fresh Lime, Grapefruit, St. Germaine, Chamomile Soda) or the Cactus Jack (Ocho Cientos Blanco Sotol, Fresh Lime, Hibiscus Syrup, Lemongrass, Soda). (2800 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; 202-944-2026)

City Perch
In honor of the Disney adaptation currently out in theaters, City Perch in Bethesda is offering two special drinks: Beauty (Vodka, Apricot Brandy, Orange Juice, Passion Fruit Puree, topped with Champagne) and Beast (Bourbon, Pom Juice, Simple Syrup, Rose Water, topped with Prosecco). Both are available the duration of the movie’s showing in theaters. (11830 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda; 301-231-2310)
 
DC Harvest
From the seasonal restaurant and bar located on H Street, try the Little Wild Thing, a martini made from locally sourced ingredients including gin from District Distilling Company, Chrysanthemum from Little Wild Things Farm (a DC commercial urban farm), house made Vermouth, and a Grapefruit Twist. (517 H St, NE; 202-629-3296)
 
District Commons
New, seasonal cocktails at District Commons include a refreshing spin on the DC classic: the Plum Rickey incorporates Averell Damson Gin, fresh Lemon and Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Lavender Bitters, and Soda while the Panhandle Punch packs tropical flavors with a blend of Aged, Spiced and Dark Rums, Tropical Juices, Orange Bitters, Jack Rudy Small Batch Grenadine, and Chandon Brut Rosé. (2200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; 202-587-8277)
 
Marcel's
Perfect for the change in season, Marcel's will offer a trio of cocktails as part of it's "Pastel Palette" with each drink reflective of springtime blooms and hues. The Pink Lady (pink) features Nolet's Gin with Calvados, Lemon Juice, Housemade Grenadine, and Simple Syrup; the Arugula Martini (green) is made with Baby Arugula, Nolet's Gin, Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, St. Germaine, Lemon, Lime and Black Pepper; while the Yellow Bird (yellow) combines Don Julio Tequila, Domaine Canton, Yellow Chartreuse, and Ginger Lemon Juice. (2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; 202-296-1166)
 
McClellan’s Retreat
An off-the-menu special, ask for “The Daiquiri with No Name” and you’ll get a delicious cocktail made with Pineapple Rum, Rhum Agricole, Passion Fruit, Lime, Mulled Simple served up. It will be available through spring and summer months. (2031 Florida Ave, NW; 202-265-6270)
 
Quarter + Glory
The 14th St. cocktail bar just released its Spring lineup of cocktails which includes the Orange Crush (Evan Williams Bourbon, Cocchi Americano, Montenegro Amaro, Lemon, Honey, Egg White), the Sherry Blossom (Brugal Anejo Rum, punt E Mes, PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Bitters), Anise + Easter Egg (Gin, Basil, Green Chartreuse, Lime, Anise, Egg White) among others. (2017 14th St, NW; 202-450-5757)
 
Ripple
Just in time for the new season, this Cleveland Park restaurant recently added new cocktails to its menu, including the playfully named Farmersonly.com (Tyler City Gin, Beet Shrub, Yuzu, Egg Whites, Carrot Top Powder) and Bitter Nona (Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Cynar, Campari, Lemon) - both of which top Lead Bartender, Jochem Zijp's, list of favorites. (3417 Connecticut Ave, NW; 202-244-7995)

Taqueria del Barrio

This soon-to-be-opened Mexican taqueria located in Petworth will feature plenty of fun, springtime cocktails. For something fruity, try the En Fuego: Chacho Aguardiente, Passionfruit, Coconut, Lime, Jalapeno, Star Anise. (821 Upshur St, NW; 202-723-0200)
 
TenPenh
The revitalized TenPenh in Tysons Corner will offer up new, spring cocktails like the Lotus Sour (Bombay Sapphire, Apricot Jam, egg White & Sour) which can be enjoyed on the recently opened patio area. (7900 Westpark Dr, McLean; 703-910-3096)

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