A Blackberry Blossom drink. Credit: Photo by Brendan McCabe

La Rosa

  • What: Código Rosa tequila, rose water, hibiscus, lime, agave, chili lime rim
  • Why: The wine barrel-aged tequila adds just a hint of sweetness—the perfect complement to the housemade rose-infused tres leches cake.
  • Where: Cielo Rojo, 7056 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park

La Vie en Rose

  • What: Vodka, pomegranate liqueur, lemon, Champagne, raspberries
  • Why: You’ll be seeing life through rose-colored glasses as soon as this bubbly coupe hits your lips.
  • Where: Duck Duck Goose, 7929 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda

Spicy Little Things

  • What: Tequila, grapefruit juice, lime, serrano chili syrup, grapefruit soda
  • Why: A mildly piquant paloma with a dried-serrano garnish.
  • Where: Hello Betty, 940 Rose Ave. (Pike & Rose), North Bethesda

Clarified Piña Colada

  • What: Coconut milk, pineapple, lime, rum
  • Why: A single sniff of this luminescent tropical chiller will take you straight to the islands.
  • Where: Hip FlaskRooftop Bar, 7707 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda

Blackberry Blossom

  • What: Butterfly pea-infused gin, elderflower liqueur, blackberries, basil, lemon, demerara, egg whites
  • Why: Purple eye candy in a liquid nitrogen-chilled coupe.
  • Where: Julii, 11915 Grand Park Ave. (Pike & Rose), North Bethesda


  • What: Dry rosé, vodka, strawberries, lemon, sugar
  • Why: Who needs dessert when you can slurp a pale pink wine slushy that packs a punch
  • Where: Millie’s Spring Valley, 4866 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Garden Mojito

  • What: White rum, blueberry syrup, blueberries, lime, mint, club soda
  • Why: An effervescent highball for green thumbs to sip before browsing the curated selection of garden items for sale next door.
  • Where: Terrain Cafe, 7228 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda

In the Air

  • What: Green tea-infused shōchū, pisco, pomegranate juice, lemon, simple syrup, cherry blossom air
  • Why: Yes, we said cherry blossom air. Dehydrated petals are frothed with a hand blender to top this crimson-tinted trompe l’oeil.
  • Where: Zinnia, 9201 Colesville Road, Silver Spring

Chevy Chase Gin & Tonic

  • What: Gin, Mediterranean tonic, rose water, orange essence, citrus, mint
  • Why: A refreshing warm-weather botanical classic, best enjoyed on the outdoor patio.
  • Where: Opal, 5534 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

The Lila

  • What: Gin, Manzanilla sherry, vermouth, butterfly pea-infused simple syrup, lavender bitters
  • Why: Come for the discounted tapas at sangria hour, stay for this lilac-hued take on a dry martini.
  • Where: Spanish Diner, 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda

This story appears in the May/June issue of Bethesda Magazine.