Where to Enjoy Clase Azul Mezcals During D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Season

By Lauren Stone By Lauren Stone | March 21, 2024 | Food & Drink, Sponsored Post,

image2-0001.jpgClase Azul Mezcal Guerrero features tasting notes of wood, seaweed and lemon juice.

Leaving the dreary winter months behind and starting fresh—the beginning of spring is absolutely something to celebrate. Every year, the nation’s capital signifies this turn of the season with the blooming of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees. From March 20th to April 14th, Washington D.C. hosts a myriad of events to commemorate the natural beauty—including concerts, classes and more put on by local businesses. Make a weekend of the event and plan a few refueling stops along the way, including nearby places to enjoy Clase Azul—the earthy flavors of its mezcals make for the perfect drink to welcome spring.

Clase Azul mezcals showcase the diverse flavor profiles offered in mezcals from different regions. In the mountain ranges of the Mexican state of Guerrero, a very rare variety of agave, the Papalote Agave, grows in a coastal climate surrounded by green forests, giving Clase Azul Mezcal Guerrero a fresh and woody flavor. In Northern Mexico, Cenizo Agave grows in the state of Durango, where mineral-rich soil and water from natural springs give Clase Azul Mezcal Durango a distinctive and smoky character with complex flavor notes.

image5-0001.jpgClase Azul mezcal bottles and caps are crafted by artisans to represent the regions in which they’re created.

The brand’s newest icon pays tribute to San Luis Potosí, a naturally beautiful and culturally rich state in Mexico’s Central Plateau. Made in Estación Ipiña—a small community where approximately one-fifth of the population is involved in the mezcal-making process—Clase Azul Mezcal San Luis Potosí gets its full-bodied profile from a time-honored regional process, which involves steam cooking agave in vaulted stone ovens, milling in a Chilean mill and double distillation in copper stills. The green agave used grows around 6,500 feet above sea level in San Luis Potosí’s desert-like slopes, lending itself to a final product that features aromatic notes of caramel, green chile, sweet fruit, freshly cut grass and wildflowers, as well as hints of lime zest and clove, with a mineral and spiced aftertaste.

image3-0001.jpgClase Azul Mezcal Durango features tasting notes of peanut, honey and wood.

During the D.C. festival, you can find small clusters of cherry blossom trees along the National Mall, around the Washington Monument, at various parks or at the National Arboretum, but by far the most popular place to scope out the blooms is at Tidal Basin along the shoreline of East Potomac Park. Luckily, Clase Azul mezcals are served at several swanky restaurants and bars only 15-20 minutes away from Tidal Basin, making them easy stops to add to your itinerary.

Read on to learn where you can enjoy these tasty mezcals during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

dLeña

Featuring a modern take on classic Mexican cuisine, dLeña celebrates “leña,” or firewood, highlighting the dynamic flavors smoke brings to wood-fired dishes. These nuanced tastes pair beautifully with the smokey notes of Clase Azul Mezcal. Sip a glass alongside the tomahawk, mezcal flambéed tableside, or the grilled half chicken with a guajillo achiote marinade.

476 K St. NW, Suite D

202.560.5999

Oyamel

Situated right by the National Mall, where clusters of cherry blossom trees bloom, Oyamel’s iconic celebrity chef combines the regional diversity of Mexico with the vibrance of Mexico City, making this restaurant a perfect place to experience Clase Azul Mezcal alongside innovative dishes. Start the meal out with a pour of Clase Azul Mezcal accompanied by one of their signature ceviches and fresh, made-to-order guacamole before indulging in a delectable meat or seafood dish, such as the grilled trout marinated in a guajillo, ancho and pasilla negra salsa.

401 7th St. NW

202.628.1005

Moonraker at The Pendry Wharf

Only a 20-minute walk from Tidal Basin, this Japanese-influenced rooftop restaurant serves up a classic menu of sushi and small bites in a sumptuous setting overlooking the waterfront. Featuring a roaring indoor fireplace and a gorgeous central bar, Moonraker is a beautiful atmosphere to start the night with Clase Azul Mezcal alongside crispy rice, hamachi crudo or blistered shishitos. Plus, on April 7, Moonraker is hosting a cherry blossom paint-and-sip event, where you can celebrate with a mezcal cocktail and a two-hour painting class.

655 Water St. SW

202.843.1115

image4-0001.jpgClase Azul Mezcal San Luis Potosí is the newest variety to the brand’s portfolio of culturally rich mezcals.

Vera Cocina

Serving up a fusion of Lebanese Mexican cuisine, Vera Cocina offers a breezy, sun-soaked setting to dine on its creative dishes. Sip Clase Azul Mezcal while you indulge in inventive bites like fattoush tostadas, lamb birria and kous relléno—bonus points if you end the meal with the elote and mole dessert, a delicious combination of chocolate, mole and corn.

2002 Fenwick St. SE

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El Presidente

Located inside D.C.’s newly developed Signal House and adorned with neo-retro Mexican decor, El Presidente features a contemporary twist on Mexican heirloom ingredients that pair beautifully with all of Clase Azul mezcals. Check out the festive eatery’s raw bar, guacamole with king crab and a la carte tacos, or go family style with sharable plates like the tomahawk ribeye or whole striped sea bass.

1255 Union St. NE

202.318.4820

image1-0001.jpgClase Azul mezcals pair beautifully with a wide variety of dishes.

Seven Reasons

With DJ sets every Friday and Saturday, this lively Latin-American fine dining spot combines upscale, regionally inspired cuisine with an exciting environment—an ideal atmosphere for experiencing Clase Azul mezcal. Start off with appetizers like Latin falafel or hamachi tiradito before diving into dishes like prime beef tenderloin with yuca aligote croquette and tatemada sauce, or take it up a notch with the chef’s tasting menu.

931 H St. NW

202.417.8563

Limani

Located in The Wharf, which hosts the annual Bloomaroo festival to celebrate cherry blossom season, Limani is a Mediterranean seafood restaurant highlighting traditional Greek specialties. Catch the festival's live music and fireworks on March 23 before dining on the highest quality fish, local vegetables and special items such as capers from Santorini and saffron from Kozani. Fuel up with a glass of Clase Azul mezcal paired with the restaurant’s halibut or swordfish dish accompanied by lemon potatoes or broccoli rabe.

670 Wharf St. SW

202.804.8000

You can also enjoy Clase Azul Mezcal at Clase Azul La Terraza in Los Cabos, Mexico, where the brand offers a boutique, restaurant, bar, omakase and the Taste of Culture pairing experience.

Learn more about Clase Azul mezcal: https://www.claseazul.com/clase-azul-family



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