In our nation’s capital, Cherry Blossom Season is upon us, albeit a little early. Now through April 27th, you can get drunk off the smell of them alone, but you also can fill your glass with something light and cherry to celebrate this signature of spring’s arrival.
Here’s how they do it in D.C.:
At BRABO (Alexandria): Hot Cherry Mess, made with Macchu Pisco, Szechuan peppercorn spiced syrup, housemade cherry jam, lemon juice, eggwhite foam and cherry bitters.
At Firefly: Sakura Sling, cherry- and vanilla bean-infused Ketel One with Leopold Brothers Michigan tart cherry liqueur, simple syrup and a splash of soda in a Collins glass.
At Founding Farmers: Sour Cherry Smash, made with Founding Farmers Rye Whiskey, freshly muddled fermented sour cherries, lemon, bitters and simple syrup.
At The Grille at Morrison House: Sour Cherry Fizz, made with sour cherry juice, Tanqueray gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white and a splash of club soda. Smoked Cherry Old Fashioned, made with Maker’s Mark, bitters, house-smoked cherry syrup and garnished with a smoked cherry and a slice of orange.
At J&G Steakhouse: Gin Cherry Blossom, made with Hendrick’s Gin, Cherry Yuzu, club soda and Thai basil leaves.
At Jackson 20 (Alexandria): Cherry Picnic, made with ginger liqueur, spiced rum, fresh sour mix and Campari wash.
At Poste Moderne Brasserie: For Heaven’s Sake, made with house-made pomegranate soda, Tozai sake, vodka, Maraschino liqueur and fresh lemon juice.
At Screwtop Winebar (Arlington): Cherry Blossom cocktail, made with cava and black cherry juice.
At Urbana: Tuscan Flor, made with cherry and and apple purée, vodka, yuzu and prosecco and served with a brandied cherry garnish.
Not near any of these fine establishments? Ask for a Cherry Mojito at a bar near you.