The cherry blossoms have come early this year, and so have cherry blossom-themed cocktails! Everyone’s favorite Japanese flower (besides Rinko Kikuchi) is popping up all over the city for the next month, in colorful springtime concoctions that will thankfully last longer than the flowers themselves!
If you like things freshly-muddled, Founding Farmers’ Sour Chery Smash ($12) showcases Founding Farmers Rye Whiskey, fermented sour cherries, lemon, bitters, and simple syrup. 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.822.8783.
Grow stones at Hank’s Oyster Bar with the light and refreshing Cherry Stone Blossom ($11), made with vodka, sake, lemon and a splash of tart cherry juice. 1624 Q Street Northwest Washington, DC. 202.462.4265.
Blue Duck Tavern has a very cherry Sakura Cocktail ($14) made from Prairie organic vodka, cherry puree, cherry syrup, cherry bitters, Va de Vi sparking wine and a cherry garnish. 24th and M Streets NW, Washington, DC. 202.419.6755.
Capitol City Brewing City and 901 teamed up to create Cherry Blossom Ale, a medium to light bodied beer made with 336 pounds of real cherries! It’s satisfying and crisp. The Capitol City Brewing Company, various locations, 703.578.3888; 901 Restaurant & Bar; 901 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.524.4433.
Legal Sea Foods makes a sparkling Cherry Blossom ($9.95) with Cherry Heering, lemon juice, Fee Brothers cherry bitters, and bubbly cava. Only available at 704 7th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.347.0007.
Agora inserts a little Turk in your glass with the Kiraz Cicegi (which means cherry blossom…in Turkish) a serious combination of Southern Comfort, strong Yeni Raki, cherry juice, mint and agave nectar, garnished with lime ($9). 1527 17th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.332.6767.
For manly berries, District Commons is mixing up the District Cherry Old Fashioned (pictured above) with Virginia Gentleman Bourbon, sweet cherries, cherry balsamic, and house made orange bitters. Be sure to ask for more than one. 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC. 202.587.8277.
J&G Steakhouse promises no broken capillaries with their Gin Cherry Blossom ($13) bursting with Hendrick’s Gin, cherry yuzu, club soda, and Thai basil. 515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.661.2440.
Eventide needs mo’ gingah (I can say that, you know) with the Kyoto Cocktail ($10) with Bison Grass vodka, ginger liqueur, vanilla syrup and fresh grapefruit juice, served in a mint sugar-rimmed martini glass. 3165 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA. 703.276.3165.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.