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No one should drink Fireball. It’s made from basically the same thing as antifreeze. Rum is a much safer, if not just overall more enjoyable choice. Probably the dark liquor least likely to make you want to start a fight with a total stranger, rum is still dangerous delicious. And if white rum is more your style, nothing combats humidity like a Mojitos. So in preparation for Nation Rum next month, here is a list of some of the District’s finest rum spots. Most of them are Latin or Cuban-inspired, obviously.

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  • Smith Public Trust has a solid mojito, but check out the Cuban Missile Crisis. This cocktail uses two different kinds of rum, lime juice, and Coke reduction. It’s pretty special. Happy hour runs from 5-7 P.M. daily, with $5 drafts, wines and cocktails.
  • Habana Village is a Cuban restaurant so legit it offers salsa classes. They also make a mean mojitos. We’re talking real sugar cane. We’re also talking about $3 beers and $6 mojitos every Friday during happy hour between 5:30-8:30.

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  • Cafe Citron is another spot where dancing is highly encourage. And if you feel at all uncomfortable dancing in public, rum is there to help you out. Happy hour runs from Monday & Saturday 4 to 8 P.M. and Tuesday through Friday 4 to 7:30 P.M.
  • The mojito at Chinatown’s Asian-Latin fusion darling, Zengo, has received much acclaim. Which is cool, but what’s better is the happy hour. Happy hour is Monday-Friday 5-8 P.M. and offers $5 beer, wine, bites, and cocktails.