Best Cocktail Menu

Best: PX
728 King St., Alexandria, (703) 299-8385
2nd Best: Rasika
633 D St. NW, (202) 637-1222
Seasonal ingredients, tangible details like homemade tonic, and the magical mind of Todd Thrasher means the best cocktail menu around D.C. keeps PX at the top of our list. Rasika runs a close second. This Penn Quarter restaurant may be best known for forward-thinking Indian dishes, but the cocktail list is worth its weight in candied ginger. Mixologist Jason Stritch keeps bar with an adventurous balance of quality liquor, creative mixers, and homespun accents like star-anise smoked sugar and scorched juniper. The depth of Stritch’s West Islayer (scotch, allspice dram, and spiced honey) could make a brown-liquor believer out of anyone. The ginger-pom pisco sour earns its title as most popular cocktail: Blending pomegranate juice with Domaine de Canton and dotting it with scarlet seeds makes one of the smoothest, prettiest piscos north of Peru.