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Photos By Armando Gallardo, Words By Brandon Wetherbee

I rarely go to Barrack’s Row. I don’t work or live nearby. Friends that work on the Hill tend to want to meet closer to the Capitol, which is a shame. I should go to Barrack’s Row more. Cava Mezze is making a very good case to consider visiting 8th St SE, especially right after work on cloudless days.

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The food at Cava Mezze is, and has been since it’s opening, pleasing for foodies and the casual diner. If you’re afraid of things like octopus mousse there’s Greek steak and cheese. But this isn’t really about the food. This is about the drinks you’ll want to consume on the also pleasantly pleasing roof.

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You’re not going to make these drinks at home. You may have the ingredients, but the production is just too much. Take advantage of Glendon Hartley’s creations like the Trinidad Swizzle (Angostura 1919 Rum, vanilla-infused Angostura Bitters, hibiscus-infused Cointreau, St. Elisabeth’s Allspice Dram, lime and mint) and Gin Blossoms (Botanist Gin, Carpano Antica Vermouth, lemon and hibiscus). The Trinidad Swizzle isn’t too sweet despite it’s bright red hue and the Gin Blossoms is dangerous due to its fruit punch-like nature. Both are great for afternoon and early evenings like today, where it’s a little too warm but not sweltering.

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One flaw on the Cava Mezze menu? No drinks named after Gin Blossoms’ 2012 Summerland Tour tourmakes Everclear, Lit, Marcy Playground and Sugar Ray.

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