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Brown Booze for Brunch? Why Not?

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Nothing against the vodka in a Bloody Mary, or the bubbles topping the O.J. in a Mimosa, but sometimes the clear choice for the base in a morning libation doesn't need to be so, um, clear. Head to these spots, where dark rum, Bourbon and Brandy are popping up in potent eye-openers. All are available during brunch, perfect for a morning after pick-me-up.

· The 172 Degree Cocktail ($13) at Society Fair combines Thibault-Janisson VA Fizz with Licor 43, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tahitian vanilla, lemon peels and Bittermans Tiki Bitters.

· Cuba Libre offers the Bermuda Café ($8), with Gosling's Black Seal Rum, El Dorado Rum Cream and brewed Cuban Coffee.

· Jaleo's Picon Punch ($9) mixes Amer Picon, Brandy, house-made grenadine and soda.

· Spiced Coco ($12) at The Hamilton combines Smooth Ambler Rye, Varnelli Caffè Moka Liqueur, Hot Mama Cinnamon Chipotle Whiskey and spiced coco sugar.

· BourBerry ($13) at Brasserie Beck has Belle Meade Sour Mash Bourbon, blackberries, Cedilla Açai Liqueur and lemon.

· Masa 14's Mojito Especial ($11) uses Patron Pyrat Rum, brown sugar, muddled lime and fresh mint.

· EatBar's The Commonwealth ($10) is made with Bowman Brothers Bourbon, Lost Rhino Pilsner and lemon.

· The traditional New Orleans' sip Brandy Milk Punch ($10) at Acadiana mixes E & J Brandy, cream, vanilla extract and nutmeg.

· The Smoked Old Fashioned ($9) at Evening Star Café stirs house smoked Maker's Mark and maple syrup.
—Kelly Magyarics
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Jaleo

480 7th Street Northwest, , DC 20004 (202) 628-7949 Visit Website

Acadiana

901 New York Avenue Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 408-8848 Visit Website

Brasserie Beck

1101 K Street Northwest, , DC 20005 (202) 408-1717 Visit Website

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

801 9th Street Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 408-1600 Visit Website

Masa 14

1825 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20009 (202) 328-1414 Visit Website

Society Fair

277 South Washington Street, , VA 22314 (703) 683-3247 Visit Website

The Hamilton

600 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20005 (202) 787-1000 Visit Website

Evening Star Cafe

2000 Mount Vernon Avenue, , VA 22301 (703) 549-5051 Visit Website

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