Colada Shop

From coffee to cocktails, you can take your pick throughout the day (and night) at Colada Shop. The fourth area location of this Cuban-inspired cafe opened in Potomac last April, and its drinks are divine. We especially like the cafe con leche and the cortadito—espresso drinks made with beans from Lost Sock Roasters, a small roastery in D.C.’s Brightwood Park neighborhood, and sweet Cuban crema, a mixture of sugar and espresso whipped to a foamy consistency (you specify your sweetness preference when ordering). Lunchtime brings refreshing shaken teas such as mango passion or mint limeade, made with freshly brewed iced tea and flavored syrups. And in the evening, aside from slushees, beer and wine, there are terrific rum-based cocktails, including the Cuban Jungle (dark rum, passion fruit, lime, coconut syrup and Campari) and the Hotel Nacional (white rum, dark rum, apricot liqueur, pineapple juice, lime and apricot puree). There’s plenty of interesting food to go along with all the drinks, and the place has an inviting tropical vibe. Perfect, in other words, for a cold winter day.

Colada Shop, 7993 Tuckerman Lane (Cabin John Village), Potomac, 240-332-8870, coladashop.com