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Best sparkling cocktails

Fritz Hahn  |  Updated 06/04/2014

The holidays are the perfect time for a celebratory glass of bubbly, and these establishments supply some of the most dazzling ones.

 

Bourbon Steak

Washington, DC

Bitter European liqueurs are trendy at the moment, and the 1919 shows you why. Aperol -- think Campari, but lighter and sweeter -- is stirred with prosecco and aromatic grapefruit bitters. A sugar cube sits in the bottom of the champagne flute. $14.

 

Ceiba

Washington, DC

Ceiba's Hemingway Mojito is worthy of Papa himself: Spicy, aged Chairman's Reserve rum is poured atop fresh mint and sugar cane syrup before the bartender adds a healthy measure of Gruet, a crisp sparkling wine from New Mexico. $11.95.

 

Estadio

Washington, DC

Tequila and champagne aren't usually paired together, but Adam Bernbach's treatment will make you wonder why more people don't combine the two. His Tecolate adds grapefruit and a subtle touch of rosemary to a full-bodied tequila and Spanish cava. $9.

 

Jackie's Sidebar

Silver Spring, MD

The Pear Blossom is a lush, cool-weather libation channeling France by way of Silver Spring. Belle de Brillet, a cognac infused with pears, is combined with effervescent French cider from Normandy, a touch of floral hibiscus syrup and sharp bitters. It's a drink as hip as this neighborhood cocktail hideaway. $10.

 

Napoleon

Washington, DC

With flocked wallpaper, low leather sofas and fashionable crowds grooving to electronic music, the sleek basement champagne bar of this Adams Morgan restaurant oozes Euro-style cool, down to its long list of champagne cocktails. Visit weekdays between 5:30 and 8, when all sparkling drinks are half-price and a $5 French 75 (champagne, Bombay Sapphire gin and a lemon twist) feels like a real steal.

 

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