Summer Lovin’ and the Sippin’ is Smooth

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Late Night Offers – In addition to their late night offerings, Brookland’s Finest has new summer cocktails, including Country Time made with Rebel Yell Rye, strawberry-jalapeno syrup, lime juice and lemon juice; the 12th Street Creamsicle made with Cotton & Reed white rum, cream, and fresh strawberries; and the Shark Bait with Sombra mescal, Pisco, cucumber, lemon juice, Angostura bitters and salt. The restaurant is also offering its house-made cucumber soda as a non-alcoholic beverage as well. (3126 12th Street NE; 202.636.0050; brooklandsfinest.com)

Pina COOLada’s – It has been one year since the Cuban social hub, Colada Shop, opened its doors in Sterling, VA. Now with a second location in the nation’s capital, Colada Shop continues to embody the spirit of the island and celebrate this vibrant and energetic culture. To celebrate Colada Shop’s first Anniversary, Chef Mario Monte and his team welcome friends and fans to the first annual Piña Colada Festival. Guests will have an opportunity to try 5 different versions of this tropical trifecta of pineapple, roasted coconut and rum, including a boozy popsicle. From Monday, August 21st to Sunday, August 27th at both locations: 1405 T St NW and 21430 Epicerie Plaza in Sterling, VA. Featured piña coladas: Galanga Pina Colada; Piña Colada Sangría; Piña Colada Fresca; Colada Shops Signature Piña Colada; La Negra Tiene Tumbao; and their signature piña colada with amaro float; and Piña Colada Paletas, frozen delights made with fresh pineapple chunks, coconut water, coconut milk, and simple syrup. For more information click here.

Alcohol and Ice Cream – Doi Moi’s chef Felikson is serving up an extensive menu of beer, mead, cider, bubbles, and two cocktails — Basil Lemongrass Punch with Cachaca, Basil, Citrus and Ginger; and grapefruit or orange Mimosas. Non-alcoholic options include iced teas, cold brew coffee, and fresh-squeezed juices. And Doi Moi’s popular soft serve is also offered, with rotating flavors available in a cone or cup with optional, unique toppings. (1800 14th Street, NW; 202.733.5131; doimoidc.com)

Happy Hour All Night Long – Summer cocktail specials return to Firefly with ‘Til the Fireflies Come Out happy hour. Beginning the first day of summer, Firefly will extend its happy hour to be timed to each evening’s official sunset time. Enjoy the bright summer evenings by watching the illuminated anchor tree in the middle of the restaurant and its neighborhood patio.  Lead Bartender Brendan Ambrose will offer an assortment of cocktails, wine and beer specials which will be available Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. until sunset.  Signature cocktails include Firefly – a summery blend of vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, house-made dandelion-lavender simple syrup, and wildflower honey-infused tea and lightning bug – a beachy combination of rum, lemon-herb tincture, tropical flower syrup, fresh guava juice, and coconut milk. (1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW; 202.861.1310; www.firefly-dc.com)

JRINK It Out – JRINK – a DMV cold-pressed juicery and lifestyle brand – is combining health with beauty, with the debut of restorative waters, containing super food ingredients such as collagen, chlorophyll, and probiotics. These functional waters focus not only on gut health, but skin and hair health, making one feel beautiful from the inside out. This new line is the first of its kind in the US, and exclusively available now in the DMV area. There are 4 different flavors – Glow, Relax, Detox, and Nourish. Glow, focusing on skin health; Relax, focusing on stress relief; Detox, focusing on gut health; and Nourish. The new line of restorative waters are available online for delivery, as well as at their 5 locations in the DMV area – Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Clarendon, and 14th Street. Individuals can buy each flavor individually, or as a 4-pack of hydration essentials at $19. Each JRINK juice flavor (ranging from $9-$10 each or $155 for a full, three-day reboot) contains up to five pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, please visit www.JRINK.com.


Please Enjoy Responsibly – 
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, a craft distillery, is adding two new, aged spirits to its current collection of all-natural, handmade vodka, gin and whiskeys. Having won five medals at the American Distilling Institute’s 11th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits in 2017, the distillery announced two new whiskeys – Heritage and Smokehouse. The new products pay homage to the distillery’s Irish roots and honor the history of the founders’ families. The distillery uses corn from the nearby Culpepper Farm Co-op and barley from Copper Fox Distillery. The new limited release products, can be purchased or sampled at the distillery’s tasting room. A full list of retailers and restaurants that carry MurLarkey products can be found here.

Just A Small Batch – Whether you’re tuning in from a beach chair, front porch getaway, or on a patio right here in DC, OneEight Distilling hopes the full swing of summer finds you well and with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Who doesn’t love summer in DC? – Ivy City is bustling with activities, the farmers markets are packed, and the distillers (opting out of the cattle herd beach traffic) have not let the still rest! OneEight Distilling presents to you their latest release: Untitled Whiskey No. 10! Untitled Whiskey No. 10 is a 9-year old high-rye bourbon rested in Cognac and Spanish Brandy casks that are then blended together and finished in their own ex-Rock Creek Rye Whiskey barrels. Floral and honeyed on the nose, the first sip of this whiskey is a bold medley of sweet candied orange and piquant ginger. Sun-ripened grapes settle on the mid-palate before ending in a succinct, spicy finish. This unique whiskey will keep you coming back to savor its many intriguing flavors. This is an extremely small-batch release and will not be around long – so come see them at the Tasting Room or the Farmers’ Market for a bottle to enjoy. (1135 Okie St NE; 202.636.6638; oneeightdistilling.com)

Aperitivo Hour – Diners can enjoy Aperitivo Hour at Rosario seven days a week. The Adams Morgan restaurant will offer food and drink at deliciously low prices. During Aperitivo Hour, cocktails include fresh, boozy takes on classic, Italian aperitivo drinks like the Americano and Aperol spritz, both served on tap, and the Rosario 50/50 Martini made with Spring 44 gin, Cocchi Rosa vermouth and orange bitters. A collection of spritzers blends prosecco, amaro, liquor and juice to highlight flavors of cantaloupe, strawberry, blackberries and ginger. The list also features American cocktails made with Italian ingredients like the Boulevardier. Fans of cult favorite Ilegal Joven Mezcal will enjoy the Run On. Beer and wine also make the Apertivo Hour menu at Rosario where guests can enjoy Peroni or wine by the glass. Chef Logan McGear has created a menu of more than ten snack options for the Aperitivo Hour. Arancini Bolognese makes the menu alongside speck potato croquettes, n’duja and anchovy, tramezzini, cannellini bean and bell pepper, vegan meatballs, fried goat cheese, and more. In addition to Aperitivo Hour and the recently added brunch menu, which highlights spritzers, Rosario mix masters are developing one of the most robust collections of amaro available. Each day, the staff chooses a different amaro to highlight. Rosario offers a different special each day including half priced wine on Mondays. (2435th Street NW; 202.791.0298; www.RosarioDC.com)

Pups and Pints – Silver, an American brasserie in Bethesda, is hosting Pups on the Patio happy hours every Thursday through September with menu specials and pet-friendly giveaways. Guests can enjoy drinks, appetizers, and dinner with their furry best friends outside on Silver’s patio. The weekly event will run through Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. Silver’s happy hour features more than 30 items priced at five dollars. In addition, there will be drink specials and surprises for the pups attending. Some of the proceeds from each Pups on the Patio event will benefit area dog rescue groups. Special guests including dog trainers and pet boutiques will be in attendance. Pups on the Patio is weather permitting. (7150 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda MD; 301.652.9780; www.eatatsilver.com)

The Drinks: Trummer’s co-owner Stefan Trummer has created an extensive menu of innovative takes on classic Tiki cocktails. Long hailed for artistic and skilled use of herbs, aromatic and freshly pressed fruit juices to in the creation of balanced libations which will showcase each ingredient beautifully, Trummer has applied those techniques to a list of original Tiki cocktails. The full menu includes: Banana Joe – Banana, Mango, Orange Juice, Light rum, Dark Rum; Coco-loco – Fresh young coconut water, light rum, dark rum, gin, tequila, orange liqueur (served in a coconut); Zombie Hunter – Passion fruit, vanilla, Jägermeister, dark rum; “T” Colada – pineapple, coconut, saffron, light & dark rum; Waikiki – (serves 1-2) Pineapple, coconut water, falernum, Vanilla infused cognac, pisco; and Luau – (serves 2-4) watermelon, yuzu, orgeat, orange liqueur, cachaça, dark rum. Reservations for the Tiki bar at Trummers on Main are not required. (7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA; 202.266.1623; trummersonmain.com)

Football Season – When the football season kicks off at the end of this month make sure you put Wicked Bloom at the top of your places to watch College Gameday and NFL games. Beginning Saturday, September 9th, Wicked Bloom will be hosting a football pop-up every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8:00pm.  There will be food, drink specials, giveaways, and games galore with a featured game being displayed on a projector. Food specials will include $10 grilled wings (buffalo, jerk, sriracha) and Wicked Blue Burgers; and $12 Big Ass Pretzels and Steaks and Cheese. Drink specials will include $8 Crown Royal AND a monthly tap takeover for which the featured local brewery will be throwing in swag, and a “meet the brewer” meet and greet. Participating brewers include: Jailbreak (MD), Devil’s Backbone (VA), and Hardywood (VA). Additionally, the Bloom will be an ACC bar on Saturday’s, and an all NFL bar on Sundays with preference given to the NFC East. Further fun will be had with cornhole and quarter boards with the winnings including prizes like a $100 bar tab. This football season, look no further than your friendly neighborhood cocktail bar for great drinks, food, and plenty of TV’s to watch the games. (1540 North Capitol Street NW; 202.750.6375; wickedbloomdc.com)

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