If you’re like us, there’s nothing you love more than drinking a finely crafted cocktail made of fresh, perfectly seasonal ingredients. Check out our guide below for where to find the tastiest beverages that’ll suit the end of autumn, and approaching winter months:
The Columbia Room: The Sugaring Season
This Shaw cocktail bar, which has a rotating seasonal tasting menu, is known for its high-class concoctions made of unconventional ingredients. We suggest springing for the five-course cocktail offering, where you’ll find The Sugaring Season. The super-autumnal drink is made up of whisky, vermouth, fenugreek, apple juice, acorn, and maple syrup: basically, foliage in a glass.
124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Dabney: Heyday
The best thing about fall is that it’s the perfect blend of carefree summer and cozy winter. You’ll find that feeling encapsulated in one beverage with Shaw restaurant The Dabney’s Heyday, which contains whiskey, apple brandy, vermouth, yellow chartreuse, and bitters.
122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Margarita fans will find the perfect cold-weather substitute for their favorite drink in this citrusy cocktail, which features reposado tequila, grapefruit, herbal liqueur, and honey as key ingredients. Pair this with one of Chef Amy Brandwein’s rustic housemade pastas for the ultimate cold-weather treat.
974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Proof: Hot Buttered Cider
Patrons will find a real cold-weather treat at this wine-and-cheese spot next to the Verizon Center: a thermos of warm, boozy apple cider. Curl up on the outdoor patio under a woollen blanket, order some creamy Brie, and share this autumnal delight with a friend.
775 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Stanton and Greene: Second Amendment
You don’t need to stray far from the hotel to find a delicious, seasonal cocktail. Head over to Stanton and Greene, located a short five-minute walk from the Capitol Hill Hotel, to enjoy the Second Amendment. The drink, made up of rye whiskey, black walnut, and amontillado sherry, is the ideal complement to a brisk December day.
319 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003