Eat to get drunk in Washington, D.C.


I hate the question "should we get dessert or drinks?" You know, when the meal winds down, and your friends are confused whether to order a nightcap or a dessert. The answer is "yes," and finally, D.C. has gotten on board with that. There is no reason you should ever have to choose between dessert or drinks. Don't let anyone make you.

Below are five places to get sweet and tipsy.


1. Be a kid with an adult milkshake at Ted's Bulletin
Remember the glory days of childhood where you finish your burgers and fries with a malt milkshake? Those glory days aren't gone, they're just boozier. After having a delicious diner meal, finish the meal with an adult milkshake at Ted's. I recommend the Peppermint Junior, made with Peppermint schnapps. It's like an after-dinner mint, but better.

2. Have a pint (of winecream)
Finally, someone has figured out how to take the two most therapeutic things, wine and ice cream, and combine them. And the best part? It's delivery. Order choices like Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chocolate Covered Strawberry from Crossroad Co., who ships to Maryland and D.C. addresses. Get your order in Sunday night so it can arrive by FedEx Ground by Tuesday. It's shipped in a foam cooler, so you might as well fill it up with at least four pints. Or, if the shipping and planning ahead is too much for you, Pearson's Wine & Spirits carries a few flavors.


3. Have your cake and drink it too
Promised to "give you cavities and liver disease at the same time," Crunkcakes adds alcohol after baking the delicious confections, so not an ounce of alcohol gets baked out. I recommend celebrating like it's your birthday with the birthday blackout, featuring a funfetti cupcake infused with Smirnoff Fluffed marshmallow vodka, Smirnoff vanilla vodka frosting.

4. Don't let dietary restrictions stop the party at Fare Well
This full service vegan bakery/bar offers milkshakes made with coconut milk, so don't let your lactose-issues (social or biological) stop you from the boozy milkshake trend. The S'mores milkshake tastes like the real deal (if the real deal was served with alcohol around the campfire), or if a non-milk milkshake is too far of a stretch, try the root beer float.

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5. Start the day strong with a boozy cereal shake
Ever wake up and think you should immediately start drinking? HalfSmoke in Shaw has Super Milkshakes, served spiked. The Milky Cereal contains fruity pebble dust, strawberry syrup and a rice Krispy treat. If that doesn't start the day off right, I don't know what will.




Kirsten Ballard has lived in D.C. for the past two years, she works at a newspaper association and spends her weekends running and eating her way through the city.