Words by Kaylee Dugan, Photos by Clarissa Villondo

There’s nothing we love more than drinking for a cause. It negates all the shame you feel the next day. You no longer feel bad about sleeping in until noon or ignoring all of the healthy groceries in your fridge and ordering a pizza. In your own alcoholic way, you contributed, you helped. Cuba Libre gets this. They want you to party and do some good in the world too, which is why they threw their first annual Mixology Match last week.

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It was a night dedicated to two very important purposes.  The first was fundraising for CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees), which raises money for service industry families, and the second was finding out who in D.C. makes the best rum cocktail. Service Bar, Hank’s Cocktail Bar, Papa’s Pilar, Buffalo & Bergen, Del Frisco’s and more fought each other for the title of best rum cocktail, but only one could win over the judges.

Although Papa’s Pilar won in both the eyes of the judges and the popular vote with their Papas Watering Hole cocktail, the winner will always be True Food Kitchen in our eyes. Their Amber Sunset was made with Flor de Caña 4-year Rum, cinnamon vanilla syrup, lemon juice, fresh pressed Gala apples, soda water and was garnished with a sliver of grape fruit that was lit on fire. It was like drinking this weird half fall / half summer weather in a glass.

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At the end of the night, Cuba Libre raised $1,000 for CORE and although we were probably all hungover the next morning, it was definitely worth it.

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