Tourist season is about to slam into the District, but that doesn't mean you can't wine and dine like a local. Restos across the city are whipping up dining and drink specials to cater to those who are thinking (and/or drinking) pink.
Brabo's (1600 King St., Alexandria) master mixologist has created the Peruvian-inspired Cherry Pisco Sour ($10), made with Pisco, fresh lemon juice, egg whites and cherries. Traditionally, sours are made with lemon or lime juice and egg whites -- not sour mix -- so even if you feel a little bit squicked out at the thought of raw egg in your drink, just remember you're actually drinking it the way it's supposed to be made.
Buzz Bakery (899 Slaters Lane, Alexandria) -- home of the truly innovative, like the bacon cupcake -- is dishing up cherry blossom cupcakes, cherry blossom cakes, cherry almond granola, mini cherry cheesecakes and cherry cordial lattes. It'll all be available through April 1. Call 703-600-2899 to order ahead of time.
Firefly (1310 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.) is serving the Blossom Fizz cocktail ($8), a lavender-infused green tea, shaken with elderflower liqueur and topped off with sparkling wine. Anything fizzy and/or sparkling suits the venue well, as the decor is meant to evoke a summer night and a sky dotted with (wait for it) fireflies.
A spring menu doesn't need to be all about arugula (shocker!)-- it can still be solid and satisfying. At Jackson 20 (480 King St., Alexandria), you can nom the cherry wood-smoked barbecue beef brisket with roasted red potatoes and green bean salad ($25).
KAZ Sushi Bistro (1915 I St. N.W.) is featuring bento boxes in honor of cherry blossom season.
Ping Pong Dim Sum (900 7th St. N.W.) is offering new drinks (pictured) and menu items through the end of the cherry blossom festival on April 11. Choose from sour cherry and coconut bubble tea ($4), the Cherry Bellini (with Domaine Chandon Rosé and Morello cherry puree, $10) and cherry mousse with almond miso brittle ($5).
At Poste Brasserie (555 8th St. N.W.), you can sip the Arborist’s Delight ($11), a mix of 3000 Generations Sochu, Ron Cartavio Gold Rum, cherry preserves, lemon juice, simple syrup and sparkling wine.
TenPenh (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.) has a cherry blossom tasting menu that includes pan-seared scallops, Hudson Valley foie gras, and sea bass with cherry chutney. Oh... and a warm chocolate-chip cookie bar... with cherry-vanilla ice cream and warm ginger cherries. Yum much? The prix-fixe menu is $35, or $55 with beverage pairings.
Urbana (2121 P St. N.W.) is dishing up roasted lamb with celery root puree and cherry lamb jus ($28).
Looking to do it up right? Zola (800 F St. N.W.) and the International Spy Museum have created the Cherry Picks Package ($100), which includes admission for two to museum's Spy at Night, as well as a cherry cocktail dinner at Zola. The dinner includes pan-seared Maine scallops, country ham, maitake mushrooms, cherry-braised beef shortribs. And don't forget the Black Forest milkshakes, cherry ice cream and black cherry beer.