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You Just Got Cherry Bombed

Posted March 23, 2012 by Mary Kong-DeVito in Pretty Marinated
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he cherry blossoms have come early this year, and brought with them festive 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!

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.

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.

Sake to me 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cap 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.

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About the Author

Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.