Paul Saraceno

Washington, DC New Menu Report: 6/15/16

Innovative cocktails, Father’s Day specials abound, and a custom burger are just a few things to look forward to

This week’s menu report leans heavily on booze, but we did include a food option as our way of not offending any Blue Laws. If you like cocktails, there are drinks that hail from the Indian sub continent, cold brew, and Scotch deals for Father’s Day, classic punches that are cool when it’s hot, and a special burger on sale the entire month of June. Yes, we know food is fun, but when it’s hot out, cold drinks seem more relevant. That’s what’s on menus this week in the District.

Bombay Club
Acclaimed restaurateur, Ashok Bajaj always seems to have his finger on the pulse of food and drink trends and his summer sipping specialty drinks are just in time for D.C.’s hot season. Quench your thirst at Bombay Club by trying a few of the new cocktails like Divya, the best alternative to lemonade we’ve found that’s made with rosemary-infused gin, cherry liqueur, and lemon soda; the beachy Amrita prepared with coconut-infused Malibu rum, apricot brandy, and fresh pineapple juice; or the elegant Chameli, which includes Champagne, St. Germaine liqueur, and a lemon twist.

Burger, Tap & Shake
You’ve heard of chicken and waffles, well, every month, the folks at Burger,Tap & Shake create a new hand packed burger, and this month they are showcasing the Count of Monte Cristo for $9. It’s a special blend of beef made just for them that is sandwiched between sugar dusted French toast and garnished with Swiss cheese, shaved ham and turkey, Dijon aïoli, and raspberry jam. Try it all its locations, including in D.C.

City Tap House
Mom’s get plenty of love on their big day every May, so be sure to do something fun for your dad on Father’s Day this Sunday, June 19. If you dad love a good cold brew, we suggest you treat him to lunch or dinner at City Tap House. They are offering some super discounts on meals and drinks, just for Dad, like the King-cut, dry-aged prime rib, Alaskan king crab legs, or salmon cooked on cedar plank, your choice for just $19, priced $29 for everyone else. There are also specialty drinks like the scotch bloody Mary prepared with Ardberg Single Malt Scotch and ballast point spicy bloody Mary mix. For something sweet and thirst quenching, your dad can try Small Town Brewery's Not Your Father's Root Beer — which also comes in flavors including the new vanilla cream ale and the classic ginger ale  or its float made with root beer and Dolcezza bourbon gelato.

Legal Sea Foods
For some, the term “Raising the Bar” means doing a better job, but at Legal Sea Foods they use the term to create the ultimate in boozy double entendres: an innovative new take on cocktails. The summertime cocktail program has an entirely new range of drinks designed to satisfy any palate, beginning with a timeless Fun Time Punch prepared with Plantation 3 Star and original dark rums, Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac, Citadelle gin, and grape-hibiscus punch. If you want something that’s a blend of sweet and savory consider Smoke & Mirrors. It’s made with primo Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, peach liqueur, almond, lemon, tonic, and Peychaud’s Bitters. Need a pick-me-up? Try Iced Irish Coffee made with Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey, cold-brew Mexican organic fair trade coffee, demerara sugar, and cream. Available at all DC Metro area locations, including D.C.

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Summer Whitford is the D.C. Editor and a food, drink and travel writer at The Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva and on Instagram at thefoodandwinediva. Read more of her stories here.