Marching Into Spring: Drink Up, Drink Up

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Cherry Blossom Pop Up Bar (PUB) — After the massive success of the holiday-themed Miracle on 7 Street pop-up experience, Drink Company returns this Spring with the Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-up Bar), where James Beard Award-nominated Mockingbird Hill (1843 7 Street) and Southern Efficiency (1841 7 Street) will take on Japan with a cherry blossom-inspired transformation debuting March 1. The two bars will roll out new decor and exclusive menus. Draped in pink, Southern Efficiency will feature an origami crane chandelier and an impressive collection of maneki-neko, Japan’s world-famous lucky “waving cats” against a beautiful backdrop of cherry blossom art by iconic DC artist Maggie O’Neill. At Mockingbird Hill, nostalgia will reign supreme with an ode to the beloved Super Mario Brothers, featuring an entire room dedicated to the Mushroom Kingdom and a special corner reserved for super villain King Koopa. Cocktails and food include drinks like the King Koopa Cup, a mix of Japanese whiskey, Genmaicha “popcorn” tea and ginger syrup with a lemon “crown” and What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Smaller, made with vodka, mandarin orange, pomelo and apricot soda. Classic Japanese bites like gyoza, seaweed salad and a katsu sandwich will also be on the menu, alongside Japanese sake, beer and whiskey offerings. Plus, expect a Mario Kart contest and bartenders wearing red caps and overalls for the duration of the Cherry Blossom PUB, which will stick around through April 15. (1841-1843 7 Street NW; facebook.com/drinkmoresherry/)

New Happy Hour — Coastal Italian restaurant Casolare offers a weekday happy hour from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the bar. The menu features a wide selection of antipasti and pizzas, including a crudo of the day, the chef’s beloved polpetto a la Pugliese with spicy tomato sauce and four different pizzas. As for beverages, choose from house white, red and sparkling wine or five different versions of the restaurant’s signature Campari cocktails on draft (Americano, Negroni Sbagliato, classic Negroni, Old Pal and Boulevardier). Two local beers are also available. (2505 Wisconsin Avenue; 202.625.5400; casolaredc.com)

Sweet Baby Java – DuClaw Brewing Company has released Sweet Baby Java, a new, coffee-infused variation of their flagship beer, Sweet Baby Jesus! Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Sweet Baby Java is the first ever bottled variation of DuClaw’s iconic Sweet Baby Jesus. Kegs and cases of 12oz bottles will become available through Spring of 2017. “We spent a lot of time searching for the ideal bean and roast to transform Sweet Baby Jesus into Sweet Baby Java. From there we were able to scale up and leverage our giant contact infuser, the Hop Gun, using coffee beans instead of hops, and now we have Sweet Baby Java,” says DuClaw founder Dave Benfield. (7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, Maryland; 410.799.1166; duclaw.com)

Happy Birthday Espita Mezcaleria — This March, popular Southern Mexican-inspired restaurant Espita Mezcaleria celebrates one year of service. Stop by the restaurant for a congratulatory toast as beverage director Megan Barnes brings back five “fan favorite” cocktails from Espita’s first year. Look forward to the return of favorites such as the Joya with La Venenosa Raicilla Sierra de Jalisco, chartreuse and sweet vermouth, served with a lemon peel; Oaxacan Sour with excessive Angostura bitters, espadín mezcal, lemon and pineapple; Smiling Rabbit made with Siete Misterios Doba-Yej, Suze, lemon, pineapple and cinnamon, served on the rocks with a pineapple leaf; The Beatriz, a play on a dry martini with Sotol, Cocchi Americano and elderflower; as well as The Guajillo Mango Highball, a bartender favorite and made from a combination of house-made soda from Guajillo chili peppers, fresh pressed mango juice and mezcal. Cocktails range from $12 to $16 each. (1250 9 Street NW; 202.621.9695; espitadc.com)

A Spring Twist — At Mike Isabella’s home-style Greek restaurant Kapnos Kouzina, beverage director Taha Ismail updates cocktails with a spring twist in drinks like the Chunky Bear with pear infused Bulleit rye, East India sherry, raw sugar, and lemon ($12) and the Gentle Spartan with Tsipouro, lemon and honey. (4900 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, MD; 301.986.8500; kapnoskouzina.com)

Mexican Tipples — Beverage director Taha Ismail infuses Pepita’s Mexican tipples with fresh spring flavors, including the pineapple margarita with Altos Plata tequila, Applejack, chili honey and lime ($9) and the kiwi Pisco punch with Macchu Pisco, kiwi, matcha tea and lemon ($9). (4000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington; 703.312.0200; pepitabymic.com)

Drink To The Nineteenth Amendment — Stanton & Greene has added Suffrage, the 19th amendment, to its list of Constitutional Cocktails. A bold and delectable combination of rye, figs, orange liqueur and pipe tobacco, Suffrage pays tribute to the 19th Amendment—which granted women the right to vote—by showcasing Putnam Rye from Boston Harbor Distillery, a spirit by one of the great pioneers of the American beverage industry, Rhonda Kallman. They’re also launching a cocktail happy hour–to give everyone the chance to try Suffrage–all day Monday and from 8 p.m. until close Tuesdays. (319 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.525.3325; stantonandgreene.com)

March Madness Cocktail Bracket – TAKODA celebrates NCAA March Madness 2017 with a cocktail bracket showdown. Stop by TAKODA and watch the tournament on the restaurant’s two flat-screen TVs while enjoying a selection of new cocktails created by the restaurants bartenders and management staff.  Eight cocktails will be available the first week, March 6 through 12, and the top four selling cocktails will advance to the next round. Four cocktails will be available March 13 through 19, and the top two selling cocktails will advance to the championship round and will be available March 20 through 26.  The top selling cocktail from that week will then be placed on TAKODA’s permanent cocktail list. Cocktails include Cucumber Diablo, Negroni Royale, Hemingway Daiquiri and more. (715 Florida Avenue NW; 202.525.1252; takodadc.com)

Rosé Garden — In April, Whaley’s will open its Rosé Garden, an outdoor bar with sweeping river views in the heart of Yard’s Park. The Rose Garden will feature up to 10 different rosés, plus frozen drinks, high balls and ice cold beer; chef Daniel Perron has created a special menu of snacks, including tuna ‘nduja, shrimp cocktail and oysters on the half shell. The outdoor space will be wrapped in tropical plants with deco white metal tables and pink striped umbrellas designed by the highly acclaimed Edit Lab at Streetsense. Sip bubbles Monday – Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (301 Water Street SE; 202.484.8800; whaleysdc.com)

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