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Pitcher, Please: Where to Get Sangría in Washington
Comments () | Published June 2, 2009

La Tasca
Glass $6 to $7.50, pitcher $22 to $28
Happy hour: $3.50 glasses and $15 pitchers every day from 4 to 7

Sangría is one of La Tasca’s biggest draws; it’s got a list of ten options to choose from. Many of the glasses tend to the watered-down side, but there are some finds on the menu. The Sangría La Tasca, spiced with cinnamon, is flavorful and dry, while the Cadillac Sangría is Tasca’s best: traditional sangría with a solid wine behind it.

Rosa Mexicano
Glass $11 to $17, pitcher $25 to $40
Happy hour: None  

This Mexican dining room in Penn Quarter offers lots of sangría options. The traditional red and white varieties are laced with mangos, cucumbers, and apples. The restaurant’s namesake concoction—Sangría de Rosa Mexicano—is infused with apricot and citrus flavors, while the Sangría Especial mixes vanilla with clementine vodka and a dry rosé. You can order the drink by the glass or pitcher and pair it with the restaurant’s most popular appetizer, guacamole made tableside.

Taberna del Alabardero
Glass $7, pitcher $28
Happy hour: Glasses and pitchers half price weekdays 3 to 7

Taberna, one of Washington’s finest restaurants, does sangría right. Good wine (red or white) blends with brandy, triple sec, fresh fruit, and a few extra ingredients that the bar isn’t willing to divulge. The result is a classic Spanish punch, dry and not overly fruity, with a simple taste that goes perfectly with tapas and paella. The happy hour, which also offers half-price tapas, is one of Washington’s best bargains.

Glass $10, no pitchers
Happy hour: None

The Latin-Asian influences of this Penn Quarter dining room converge at the bar in sake sangría. The drink is made with red wine, sake, brandied Asian pears, and Fuji apples. 

Where's your favorite spot for sangría? Tell us in the comments! 


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