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Del Mar Washington DC

Del Mar’s gin and tonic riff, Habla de Ti, is meant to be shared.


Glass Menagerie

By Nevin Martell

Photo by Greg Powers


Bartenders are using animal-shaped glassware to present some of the wildest cocktails in town.

1. Dirty Habit
Grab 11 friends to get your tentacles on the Polish Plum punch fortified with plum- and grape-based brandies, which comes in an oversize octopus bowl. $96, 555 Eighth St. NW, 202.449.7095

2. Bresca
Served in a pink fish bottle recalling the Swedish gummy, La Sirene features vodka, dry vermouth and sherry—infused with oyster shells to add silky salinity. $12, 1906 14th St. NW, 202.518.7926

3. Barmini
With a miniature rod, anglers cast their bait (a lemon peel) into a fish-shaped glass, which gets a hit of liquid nitrogen, so they can reel in a cocktail rich with ruby port. $85 for a flight of six cocktails, 501 Ninth St. NW, 202.393.4451

4. Del Mar
A curvaceous nautilus shell garnished with flowers cradles the signature Habla de Ti gin and tonic forged from Spanish gin, cava and olive brine foam. $26, 791 Wharf St. SW, 202.525.1402