The List’s List of Area Drinks, Summer Ready

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Spring has sprung, so let's raise a glass with delightful drinks of the season. With warming temperatures, we are ready for the refreshing over-ice concoction, and we found you delish libations that promise to add a touch of warmth to your spring evenings:
 

NEW & NOTEWORTHY: 

Show Your Pride 🌈 (Swingers): In partnership with Absolut Vodka, Swingers, The Crazy Golf Club in Dupont Circle has created a specialty cocktail menu for Pride Month. Swingers Dupont Circle has also partnered with local LGBTQ+ charity Pride 365 Fund to donate a portion of the cocktail menu's proceeds to the charity. swingers.club

Show Your Pride 🌈 (Mercy Me):  Mercy Me is now partnered with Team DC, a local organization dedicated to working within the LGBTQ+ community.Mercy Me will donate a portion of sales from the signature Caipi Lychee (crafted with Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto Liqueur, rectified lime juice, lychee cordial, Sake, Cachaça Prata, and fresh raspberries) to the organization. 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW; mercymedc.com

Poteaux Picks: Bastille Bar has just started a wine program. With a passion for discovering exceptional wines, Chef Michelle wants to share her love for fine wines with you through this exclusive club. Each month, members receive a rotating collection of wines specially curated by Chef Michelle. Combining old and new world styles, the club features bottles that will quench your thirst, refresh your palate, and introduce you to hidden gems. Look forward to favorites from domestic producers in the Willamette Valley, along with many others. bastillerestaurant.com


Up at the Bar: Enjoy signature drinks from Truluck's new summer cocktail menu, like the tropical and tart TruStory with blanco tequila, or the refreshing Lake Como Cooler, made with Amaro Averna, ginger beer, and mint. Indulge in a variety of classic and contemporary Dips, Snacks & Bites in the sophisticated comfort of our bar area. 700 K St NW; trulucks.com

60 Vines in Foggy Bottom: Sixty Vines is opening a new location in Foggy Bottom. Sixty Vines will also offer seasonal vineyard-inspired dishes designed to be shared among friends.With a deep commitment to sustainability, Sixty Vines’ industry-leading wine on tap system offers the closest “from the barrel” tasting experience outside of the vineyard and the most eco-friendly way for guests to enjoy wine. As its name implies, the restaurant offers 60 different wines on tap selected from wine country regions around the world. 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue; sixtyvines.com

Just a Little Spritz (Happy Hour Alert): La Collina has an all new happy hour to get your summer started. Enjoy $8 Spritzes al fresco at La Collina. The new Aperitivo Hour is available every Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm – 6:30pm. 747 C St SE; lacollinadc.com

Tropicalia Cocktail Garden: Throughout June, in the spirit of community and shared purpose, Mercy Me and Swingers, The Crazy Golf Club, are partnering with local charities by offering specialty cocktails. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the LGBTQIA+ community. Mercy Me has partnered with DCEndsHIV and is donating 10% of sales from the signature Caipi Lychee (crafted with Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto Liqueur, rectified lime juice, lychee cordial, Sake, Cachaça Prata and fresh raspberries) to the organization. 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW; mercymedc.com

NOT NEW, BUT NOTEWORTHY: 

Atlas Brew Works x Patagonia Provisions: Atlas Brew Works is introducing Kernza® Lager in partnership with Patagonia Provisions, the food and beverage division of outdoor apparel company Patagonia. Atlas Brew Works, along with 10 additional breweries, joins this second cohort of partners in the movement to scale regenerative and organic ingredients that improve soil health, restore ecosystems and help fight the climate crisis. The Patagonia Provisions x Atlas Brew Works Kernza® Lager will be available in both Atlas taprooms. 1201 Half St SE; atlasbrewworks.com

Kiss on the Rose: Primrose is debuting an all-new, seasonally-focused cocktail list of French-inspired libations under $17 each. Highlights include the “Fleur de French 75” made with rose and hibiscus gin, lemon juice, and sparkling wine ($14), “The Gardener” made with vodka, St Germain, pineapple shrub, lemon ($15) and the Moloko Clarified Milk Punch perfected with bourbon, Oolong tea, Centum Herbis ($16). 3000 12th St NE; primrosedc.com

Hole (Happy) in One: Inspired by the green turf that surrounds the stalwart restaurant's new location, co-owners Ellen Kassoff and Todd Gray will launch a new summer happy hour with seasonal fritters, beer flights, small bites (including jumbo lump crab cake sliders, beef short rib empanadas, and yellow tomato gazpacho) and a pop-up putting green. The 19th Hole Happy Hour debuts on May 21 and will take place every Tuesday this summer from 4 to 7 p.m. on the patio and at the bar. 900 19th Street; equinoxrestaurant.com

Forget the Mimosa: Residents has two refreshing and approachable cocktail for those summery sunny days. The Maracuya Royale ($18) is an elevated, tropical cocktail meant to be adored by mimosa lovers and tiki cocktail fans alike. Residents also put a spin on the Aperol Spritz with the Arroyo Spritz ($18), an elevated version of an aperitivo and digestivo cocktail made with grapefruit soda, Pamplemousse liquor, and finished with Double Gold-winning Amaro Arroyo. 306 18th Street NW; residentsdc.com

We Love an Aperitif (Happy Hour Alert): Bresca has a new happy hour for your to unwind during the week. For $9, youcan enjoy Lead Bartender Sara Chaudhuri’s Espresso Mini with Plantation Barbados 5 Year Rum, or a Coconut Martinez with Gin, Maraschino, Vanilla and Sweet Vermouth. 1906 14th street; brescadc.com

Bourbon, Bed & Breakfast: Ironclad Distillery purchased the Kenmore Inn and will now serve up beds alongside their bourbon. The bed, breakfast, and bourbon Inn is now taking reservations for overnight stays and to host special events. The bourbon tasting room is the central hub of the Inn. It serves bourbon tastings, cocktails, and a light snack menu until 8 p.m. There are also sitting areas on the property where people can relax and unwind.ach room has its bourbon cart for tastings, and guests can have breakfast each day with a selection of sweets and savory items with a Southern flair.1200 Princess Anne St.; ironcladinn.com

Aperitivo at Red Hen: The Red Hen's bar-only happy hour-style menu returns for the summer on Memorial Day. Aperitivo Hour will offer guests a rotating list of cocktails and beers alongside snacks from the kitchen. Try the Aeperol Spritz, negroni and more. 1822 1st Street; theredhendc.com

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Tea Party (High Tea Alert):  You can embark on a journey down the rabbit hole and indulge in the Waldorf Astoria's senses in a delightful array of delectable treats at A Mad Tea Party (Afternoon Tea) set in the elegant surroundings of Peacock Alley. Indulge in a new and special cocktail offered at Peacock Alley,The Curious Cat,  made with Empress Gin, Crème de Violette, Egg White, Lemon Juice.  1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; hilton.com

Shaken, Not Stirred (Happy Hour Alert): Capitol Hill gin bar, The Wells, is showing its love for the martini in its new Ode to a Martini Hour. Every Tuesday through Saturday, enjoy $10 specialty martinis from 4pm – 5:30pm. 727 C St SE; thewellsdc.com

Down in the Cellar: The Dabney’s wine bar is a hidden and intimate English basement space that serves a wide variety of wines by the glass, cocktails, oysters, country hams and other various food preparations. Open Sundays & Mondays, The Cellar is a more casual offspring of The Dabney’s Michelin Guide award winning bar program. 122 Blagden Alley NW; thedabney.com

Just Peachy (Happy Hour Alert): They have a new happy hour at The Duck & The Peach. Enjoy $10 daiquiris plus a choice of a $10 Rosé of the Day, featuring a rotating selection of women-owned or made rosés, every Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm-6pm. The happy hour menu is available on the patio or at the bar. 300 7th St SE; duckandpeachdc.com

Denizens x Brookland’s = Anniversary Collab: Denizens Brewing Co. is known for its high quality beers and collaborating with other small businesses. Brookland’s Finest is known for its high quality comfort food and for being the heart of its community. It’s been 10 years since they both opened their doors in 2014, and they couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate their 10th anniversaries than collaborating on a beer together. Good Neighbors Lager is a 6.0% Dortmunder Export Lager that is golden in color, malty, but with a smooth and clean finish. It is a style of beer that lends itself to a variety of palates and is an extremely approachable and easy drinking beer. denizensbrewingco.com

An American Oak Maverick: Maverick Distilling has released the second batch of their highly anticipated and exclusive Samuel Maverick Straight Triticale Whiskey Bottled in Bond edition (SRP $135/bottle). This Samuel Maverick Straight Triticale Whiskey Bottled in Bond is produced in accordance with the criteria established in the 1897 Bottled-in-Bond Act. The Act was created to protect the integrity and authenticity of aged spirits in the United States. The designation ensures that the spirit is the product of one distillation season, by one distiller, at one distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for a minimum of four years, and bottled at 100 proof. Order here

Raise a Glass : To celebrate spring, La Bohème is offering 4 course cocktail or wine pairings on Tuesday - Thursday evenings, and 6 course pairings for $45, for a limited time. At La Bohème, each seasonal menu is inspired by the works of a groundbreaking artist, from Giacomo Puccini (who composed the opera La Bohème), to film director Tim Burton, to the current “artist in residence”, playwright William Shakespeare, which is live through July, 2024.  2622 P Street; labohemedc.com