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George Washington’s cherry blossom drink recipe

This Cherry Blossom season, try George Washington's favorite cocktail. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
This Cherry Blossom season, try George Washington's favorite cocktail. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted March 6, 2017 at 12:01am

Not to get you in trouble, but it’s Telework Week in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is encouraging Virginia businesses to allow eligible employees to telework one day this week.

If you live in Arlington, Alexandria, or work for a member from Virginia, mention that to your boss. You may get a day at home.

Happening this week…


The West Virginia State Society hosts its congressional reception in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50, from 6 to 8 p.m.


Nowruz,” the Iranian New Year, will be celebrated in the Rayburn Foyer at 5:30 p.m.

Animal rights PAC

The leadership of the nonprofit White Coat Waste Project, an organization that advocates stopping taxpayer funding of animal experiments, started the first-ever PAC dedicated to the cause. The charity pushes the government to disclose more information about animal research. It worked with Congress to secure the first-ever audit of government animal testing transparency and spending and on a 115th Congress bill targeting federal animal testing, according to the group.

D.C. cultural event of the week

Time to celebrate the cherry blossoms. The Ritz-Carltons in Georgetown and Tyson’s Corner have released their Cherry Blossom Festival package specials, which range from $249 to more than $795 per night and include picnics, cherry blossom-themed spa treatments, and special trips around the District, among other things. At the Georgetown location, a complimentary “Cherry Bounce” cocktail, a drink enjoyed by the George Washington family, is included. Legend has it that the president enjoyed the cocktail so much, he kept it in a canteen for a trip out west in September 1784, according to the hotel. Here is the recipe:

  • 10 to 11 pounds of fresh cherries
  • 4 cups of brandy
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 nutmeg

Directions: The cherries are pitted, halved, and mashed and then set to be sweetened with the brandy for 24 hours. Sugar, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg are added, and the batch then sits for about two weeks for the spices to infuse. The cocktail is best enjoyed at room temperature. (Makes 3 quarts)


“We were both young and dapper congressmen, and one of us changed.”

— Vice President Mike Pence, speaking in Janesville, Wisconsin, about when he first met Paul D. Ryan.

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