Booze rarely feels like the star of a Bloody Mary, but a brunch-cocktail tour of Ivy City’s distilleries might make you think differently. In the bright, airy tasting room at Republic Restoratives (1369 New York Ave., NE), the cocktail menu changes with the seasons, but you can usually count on a fresh-horseradish Bloody or a Civic Crush with squeezed-to-order orange juice and Cointreau—both include Civic vodka, produced mere feet away. About once a month, the distillery hosts brunch collaborations with other local producers, such as Confluence Coffee Co. and Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.
A short walk away at Jos. A. Magnus & Co. distillery (2052 West Virginia Ave., NE), the cocktail menu rotates monthly, but a recent riff on a Bloody included its jerk-spiced Royal Seal vodka, tomatillo juice, fresh herbs, and a jerk-spiced jerky garnish.
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