[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ashington’s restaurants celebrate the annual Cherry Blossom Festival with menu highlights and spirited cocktails. From March 26-April 10, 2011, Washington welcomes the return of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and area restaurants show their support serving up creative cherry-inspired cocktails and dishes!
Buddha Bar will participate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s “Cherry Picks,” a city-wide restaurant promotion. Buddha Bar will feature a ginger-infused cherry tart ($9) from March 26-April 10. 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.377.5555.
Cuba Libre will offer a festive Cuban-inspired dish of tamarind BBQ duck breast ($25) served with smoked plantain crema and Bing cherry chimichurri. Cuba Libre’s Cherry Tini ($9) is made with Pyrat XO Rum, Combier, lemongrass infused Guarapo, bing cherries and a dash of bitters. The Coconut Cherry Frozen ($9) is made with Three Olive Cherry, lemongrass infused Guarapo, coconut puree and a splash of Marischino cherry juice. 801A 9th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.408.1600.
Throughout the festival, Poste will feature The Plums Blossom, a cherry-infused sake and botanical spirit cocktail finished with plum soda. 555 8th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.783.6060.
Zentan will feature a Blossom’ed Lychee Milk and Broken Cherry Cookie combo ($12). This unique cocktail is made with lychee, nigori sake and vodka, topped off with a splash of milk foam, in a shot glass. Accompanied by a blend of brandied cherries, lychee bits and almond cherry cookies. 1155 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.379.4366.
Redwood will offer a Cherry Pop cocktail ($10) made from a combination for St. Germain elderflower liqueur, cherry simple syrup and sparkling wine. This blossoming cocktail is available from March 15-April 15. 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD. 301.656.5515.
Urbana will serve the Cherry Blossom cocktail at the Pink Tie Party, and throughout the festival. The Cherry Blossom is a tart cocktail mixed with vanilla and cherry-infused Maker’s Mark, sour cherry purée, and sweet and sour mix. 2121 P Street NW, Washington DC. 202.956.6650.
Park Hyatt Washington will offer the Sakura cocktail ($12) which includes Crop Vodka, made from certified organic grain, house made cherry blossom syrup, fresh cherry puree, and topped off with Thibault-Janisson Virginia sparkliing wine. 1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC.
Againn will be offering a variety of cherry-flavored creations during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherrio cocktail ($9) is made from a combination of vodka, cherry herring liquor, fresh lemon juice rosewater and egg whites. Or get a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer for $6. Those with a sweet tooth will want to order the Cherry Trifle for $8. 1099 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.639.9830.
Jackson 20 and the Grille at Morrison House will serve Cherry Pie cupcakes and the Cherry Brandy Alexandria cocktail at the Pink Tie Party. The drink, a play on the Brandy Alexander, is a decadent mix of brandied cherries, cherry-infused bourbon, vanilla ice cream, and a candied cherry-wood smoked bacon garnish.