by January 25, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]


Send winter away. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Winter is here and its reality is settling in. The sidewalks are covered with snow and the temperature has remained below 30 degrees for several days now.

Chunky cable knit sweaters no longer look “cute” and “comfortable” — everything just looks gray and drab. And, unfortunately, my bank account can’t support my strong desire to jet off to some warm Caribbean island and “recharge” for the last few months of winter.

So, I am stuck here. In my chunky cable knit sweater under gray, January skies.

Thankfully, I am still somewhat of a lightweight, so after a few sips of something summery, I don’t know where I am, nor do I care.

Plenty of bars in the Borderstan neighborhood serve up some nice tropical cocktails, year round, which are guaranteed to transport you (at least, mentally) out of the District and into warmer weather.

Here’s what I recommend for those cold nights where you just need to feel like there is hope for summer.

  • The boozy milkshakes from Satellite Room (2047 9th Street NW) are just like the kind you find on a warm, beachy boardwalk…only they contain booze so they are better.
  • The Squealer from The Pig (1320 14th Street NW) is sure to transport you to a sandy hammock, overlooking the water. The refreshing drink is made of Green Mountain Vodka, Meyer lemon cordial, mint and seltzer.
  • Masa 14 (1825 14th Street NW) mixes a mean mojito, which also makes an appearance on the Happy Hour menu so you can save your pennies for a vacation next year.
  • The Green Monkey Cocktail from Level One (1639 R Street NW) is sure to snap you out of the winter blues. It’s a blend of Malibu Tropical Banana, melon liquor, sour mix and pineapple juice.
  • For something strong yet citrusy, try Honest Abe’s Moonshine at Lincoln (1110 Vermont Avenue NW). The drink is made of Whiskey, house made ginger syrup, fresh lemon sour and orange bitters.
  • Lauriol Plaza (1835 18th Street NW) and El Centro D.F (1819 14th Street NW) are both famous for their margaritas. Why island hop when you can bar hop?

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