by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
When D.C. humidity strikes, there's nothing quite like kicking back with a fresh summer drink. Water is great and all, but the medicinal value of fruit juice, sugar and alcohol is vastly underrated. Fortunately, D.C. loves to drink--and has plenty of cooling, seasonal libations to prove it. From a Pop Rocks martini (hello, ice cream truck flashback!) to a minty, spiked lemonade, we've rounded up the best summer drinks in D.C. (Pictured: cocktails at Current)
Updated: August 05, 2010
Citysearch fan Kaoru Y. has a hard time choosing her favorite summer cocktail at this chic Chinatown dim sum spot, but the lemongrass and lime cocktail wins out. "Soooo delicious!" she raves. No wonder she has a hard time choosing: You'll find margaritas, mojitos and other refreshing (and beautiful) drinks in unexpected flavors.
It's an unlikely spot, but this Chinatown bowling alley has a great bar, too. Citysearch fan Megan T. loves the Pop Rocks martini: "Brings me back to waiting in line for the ice cream man and devouring an entire packet of Pop Rocks like a wild monkey," she says.
"Hands-down [the] most refreshing and summer-esq cocktail can be found at Founding Farmers," says Citysearch Dictator Adam R. "The cucumber melon muddled martini is insanely good. Not only does it refresh you, but it's a sneaky intoxicator and on the value drink list."
This posh Dupont sushi spot boasts an enviable cocktail list with fresh, inventive mojitos in flavors such as basil wildberry, mango and blackberry. The mint lemonade (spiked with Absolut Citron) is always a hit on hot nights, as are the New Wave Martinis in flavors such as lychee and pomegranate.
This British-style gastropub isn't known as a cocktail spot, but its selection of summer drinks are worth the trip. Citysearch Dictator Elyse M. usually opts for something from the wide beer selection, but recently became a fan of the tart French margarita and Cider Cup beer cocktail made with Strongbow.