While Summer may not officially begin until next week, in Washington, D.C. the weather has already gotten quite hot. Perhaps it could be that this week for work I have been researching images of alcohol, but with this humid weather, I have been dreaming of the perfect adult beverage to bring upon this weekend. Today I am spotlighting two special alcoholic beverages that you can find in the D.C. area. Both are great to try this summer.
First up is the signature Mason Punch at Mason Social; a brand new restaurant/bar in the Parker Gray neighborhood of Old Town Alexandria, just a short walk from the Braddock Road Metro. This punch is super refreshing and citrusy and reminded me of a summertime lemonade stand combined with a grapefruit Crush found only at the Delaware beaches. The ingredients are simple: vodka, tarragon, grapefruit, and honey.
There is a major pro/con about this drink: it tastes amazing. That is a good thing because you’ll be happy you ordered it and eager to drink it. That is a bad thing because you could be finishing it more quickly than you might expect. And then your drink will be gone and you will just have to get another!
The second drink is a PB&J at Wisdom, a bar just a few steps away from the Potomac Ave. Metro in SE D.C. I don’t know about you, but whenever I think about picnics on the beach in the summer, I always feel like a good ol’ goopy peanut butter and jelly sandwich is the way to go. This drink is a great way to have that sandwich in liquid form. It comes served with (unusually enough-) dehydrated peanut butter crumbles on top of a gelatinous jelly drink and comprises vodka, Guyot Crème de Cassis, and Frangelico.
This is definitely not your grandma’s drink. It’s more adventurous but you’ll come away from it completely satisfied and in awe that such a drink exists. This peanut butter and jelly drink is definitely one of the most unique concoctions I’ve tried, but I would definitely order it again!