Summer: quiet weekends, cool nights—and the only time of year when you can get a full daily serving of fruit in a single cocktail. We scoured the city for some of the most creative garden-to-glass drinks we could find. These picks are chock full of herbs, fruits, and even a few vegetables. Have a garden at home? We dare you to experiment and tweet us your photos @capitolfilemag. Whether you DIY, or pull up a seat at one of these bars, enjoy! And cheers to those few beautifully lazy days of summer.
Sorrel & Strawberry, $15 at Blue Duck Tavern
Gin, sorrel, strawberries, and lime. 1201 24th St NW, 202-419-6755
Try it at home:
2 oz. gin
2 sorrel leaves (from garden)
2 large organic strawberries
.5 oz. agave nectar
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
Muddle all ingredients together. Shake and double strain into a rocks glass with 1/2 strawberry cut in cubes over ice. Garnish with a sorrel leaf.
Plaza’s Summer Water, $12 at Vinoteca
Freshly juiced watermelon water, fresh basil, Fords gin, and Byrrh Grand Quinquina. 1940 11th St. NW, 202-332-9463
Gazpacho Tipple, $9 at The Fainting Goat
A brunch cocktail of house-made golden tomato gazpacho, fino sherry and Boyd & Blair vodka. 1330 U St. NW, 202-735-0344.
Strhubarb Spice Cooler, $11 at Copperwood Tavern
Sailor Jerry spiced rum, ginger-lime syrup, strawberry-rhubarb shrub, cucumber, mint, and lemon. 4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington, 703-552-8010
The Cucumber Recoupe, $12 at 701 Restaurant
Cucumber, basil, Hendricks, ginger liquor, lavender sour, with prosecco on top. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-0393-0701
Try it at home:
3 slices of cucumber
3 leaves of basil
1.75 oz. Hendricks
.5 oz. of Canton Ginger Liquor
2 oz. lavender sour
Prosecco to top
Make the lavender sour: Add 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water and 10 lavender flowers and bring to a simmer. After 10 minutes, take off heat. Strain lavender flowers.
Mix equal parts lemon, lime and lavender syrup.
Muddle cucumber and basil in shaker. Add liquor with ice and shake. Double strain with a mesh sieve (julep strainer) into coupe glass. Top with prosecco.