Bottoms Up!: Where to Sip Cherry-Blossom-Inspired Cocktails

After marveling at the cotton-candy-colored flowers at the Tidal Basin, raise a glass and toast to Mother Nature with these cocktails inspired by the cherry blossoms.

By: Eliot Stein

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Nestled inside the St. Regis hotel, this Alain Ducasse outpost is serving its Acai of Spring Cherry Blossom Cocktail ($14), made with Cointreau infused with cherries and acai berries, vodka, Cointreau pearls, and rose Champagne. The drink is topped with an edible flower.

Belga Cafe
Belga’s Royal Cherry is a beer cocktail featuring Premium St. Louis Kriek beer and Champagne for $9.95.

BlackFinn DC
The Chocolate-Covered Cherrytini, a mix of cream, grenadine, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and cherry vodka is on the menu at this Bethesda sports bar for $11.

BLT Steak
Nicole Saladyga is mixing cherry-infused vodka, chocolate-flavored liqueur, a chocolate-covered cherry, and a fresh cherry-tree leaf to create the $14 Chocolate-Covered Cherry cocktail at this slick steakhouse.

Blue Duck Tavern
Dustin Marshbank’s Cherry Blossom Martini ($14) is a blend of Kyoto cherry-blossom syrup, Kettle One vodka, and cherry purée.

Robert Wiedmaier’s Alexandria restaurant is offering a Cherry Pisco Sour, a mix of pisco, fresh lemon juice, egg whites, and cherries for $10.

Chef Geoff’s Downtown
Chef Geoff is splashing a bit of sake (along with St. Germain and cherry purée) to create the Japanese Cherry Blossom Martini for $9.

This Italian mainstay is using muddled cherries, sage, black-pepper syrup, and gin to mix up the Cherry Smash cocktail for $11.

Georgia Brown’s
The low country may not be known for its Spanish fare, but this South Carolina hot spot is whipping up a Cherry Blossom Sangria—made with orange, pear, lemon, dark-cherry sangria, cherry brandy, and cherry-infused syrup—for $10.

Alice Gaber is serving the Blossom Fizz—lavender-infused green tea shaken with elderflower liqueur and topped off with sparkling wine ($8).

During the festival, all three Jaleo locations will serve the sparkling Cherry-Sherry Martini ($12), made with fresh juice and Cava.

J&G Steakhouse
This Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant is offering a $13 Cherry Blossom—Hendrick’s Gin, cherries, yuzu, and Thai basil.

Chef Jason Dalling and his crew are offering an assortment of cherry blossom-themed cocktails, such as the Cherry Margarita, Bourbon Blossom, Cherry Cosmo, and Cherry Mojito (each $12).

Kababji Grill
DC’s latest Lebanese eatery is offering the Cherry Woo Woo—Absolute Citron vodka, peach Schnapps, cranberry juice, muddled cherries, and lime and cherry juice—for $7.

Legal Sea Foods
Legal’s four area locations are offering the Cherry Blossom Cocktail, featuring cherry vodka, Cherry Heering liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and a dash of Fee Brothers cherry bitters for $9.95.

M Bar
Chef John Therres’s bar in the Renaissance M Street Hotel is mixing up a fierce-sounding Pink Passion Fire cocktail, complete with rosemary, Belvedere orange vodka, simple syrup, and ginger, for $8.

Mie N Yu
Mixologist Chris Kelley is once again serving the restaurant’s signature spring Cherry Blossom Cocktail with Emperor vodka, Hiram Walker cherry brandy, and Red Bull for $9.

Morton’s The Steakhouse
Tommie McKoy’s staff is pouring a Prohibition-era cocktail called the Mary Pickford, made with Bacardi, pineapple juice, grenadine, and Luxardo maraschino liqueur ($12).

Chef Abdul Hash Housh’s Mediterranean restaurant is serving Arabic Cherry Lemonade, a mixture of lemon, lime, mint, simple syrup, and Bing cherries ($6) along with your choice of vodka ($9).

Occidental Grill & Seafood
Occidental has two cocktails: the Marasca Kir Royal, made with Champagne, traditional Italian distilled maraschino liqueur, a dash of cherry syrup, and a cherry garnish ($12); and the Cherry Martini, featuring vodka, Marasca cherry syrup, and a Luxardo Marasca cherry ($12).

Paolo’s Ristorante
This late-night Georgetown favorite is pouring a blend of Campari, cherry brandy, Cinzano sweet vermouth, ginger-ale sours, Bing cherries, and mint to create the Cherry Campari Crush ($10).

Mixologist Rico Wisner is serving the Arborist’s Delight ($11), made with 3000 Generations Sochu, Ron Cartavio Gold rum, cherry preserves, lemon juice, simple syrup, and sparkling wine.

The view is great at this rooftop lounge—especially when you’re toasting with the Cherry Aviation. A play on the classic cocktail, bartender Logan Skidmore’s creation features a burst of cherry, brandy, gin, and lemon for $10.

This Bethesda Row eatery has the Cherry Pop cocktail, a blend of St. Germain elderflower liqueur, cherry syrup, and sparkling wine for $9.

The Cherry Blossom—made with Hanger One raspberry vodka, Stoli vanilla, lemongrass-infused syrup, and muddled pink peppercorns—is priced at $11, but those clocking out of work early can sip the drink for $7 during happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 to 7.


The Mandarin Oriental’s restaurant serves the Cherry Smashed ($10)—Austrian sour cherry liquor, Stoli vanilla, lemon juice, and cherry lambic—and the non-alcoholic Cherry Not-So-Smashed, with muddled organic cherries, cherry juice, vanilla syrup, and ginger ale ($4).

Admire the cherry-blossom-themed artwork while sipping a Singapore Blossom, made with organic CapRock gin, fresh cherry purée, Benedictine Dom, vanilla-infused syrup, fresh lemon juice, candied cherries, and a splash of soda ($14).

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