Our Favorite Winter Cocktails in Washington, D.C.


The influx of cold weather might mean saying goodbye to margaritas and daiquiris, but it also invites a whole host of other beverage options to enjoy. Here are our top picks for wintertime drinks in DC.

Becky Just Got Her Hair Did – Hank’s Cocktail Bar

This cheekily named, Beyonce-referencing cocktail available at Petworth hangout spot Hank’s Cocktail Bar marries all your favorite seasonal ingredients into one delicious drink. The cocktail consists of Absolut elyx vodka combined with lemon, pumpkin seed and nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, and egg white- basically, a delicious wintertime pie in a glass.

819 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 290-180

What Should Be – Columbia Room

Head over to this classy Shaw cocktail den to enjoy a  seasonal tasting menu composed of your favorite spirits. Our favorite selection from this super-high end spot is the super-creative What Should Be, which blends white tequila, curacao, and vermouth with fig lead cordial and anise hyssop for a floral, yet super-wintery mix—sort of like the scent of pine needles during Christmas time.

124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-939

Bubelah – 2 Birds 1 Stone

Libations at this stunning hideaway in the Logan Circle neighborhood are always super-creative, with an ever-changing drink menu composed of seasonal ingredients. Our current wintertime favorite is the Bubelah, which combines tequila with horseradish beet-green apple soda for a warm, fruity drink.

1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Machete Mojo – Chaplin’s

Located in Shaw, this neighborhood Japanese restaurant is the ideal spot to enjoy a hot bowl of ramen in the cold winter season. Pair your noodles with a delicious beverage like the Machete Mojo, made of two types of gin, along with kiwi, pineapple, banana cream, and grasshopper salt. The tropical flavors will make you feel like you’re wintering on a faraway island and are just the thing to snap you out of your slump.

1501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 644-8806

Mulled Wine – Tredici Enoteca

Celebrated as one of the city’s top cocktails by Eater, the mulled wine at the St. Gregory’s lobby restaurant Tredici Enoteca is already becoming a DC legend. Head downstairs for a glass of red wine mixed with apple cider, brandy, and cinnamon, orange peel cloves, and brown sugar.

2033 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 888-289