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Mardi Gras Madness: 11 Places to Drink Hurricanes in D.C.

Fat Tuesday is tomorrow, after all.

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Mardi Gras is nearly here, and that means it’s time for a New Orleans-style celebration. No beverage is more appropriate for the occasion than the hurricane.

The drink is traditionally a mix of light and dark rum, grenadine and an assortment of fruit juices. A well-mixed hurricane packs a sweet, sour and powerful punch. It’s the perfect companion for king cake, beignets and bead-throwing.

If you can't get down to the French Quarter this February, here are some places around D.C. to enjoy this classic southern drink.

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Acadiana

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Named the category five, the hurricane is a signature cocktail at this modern Louisiana-style restaurant and made with light rum and Goslings.

At Bayou, the hurricane is topped with a dark rum float and highlights the list of Louisiana-inspired cocktails. The drink isn’t part of happy any hour specials, but there are food specials most days of the week.

Black Jack

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Hurricanes aren't part of the daily cocktail offerings, but they'll make an appearance at the Capital Cocktail Competition. Tickets are $30 and attendees can purchase frozen hurricanes for $2.

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The hurricane is one of the "bayou cocktails" at this Arlington crawfish and seafood spot.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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The festive atmosphere at this Cuba-themed restaurant is perfect for enjoying a Miami hurricane, made with cherry and lemon rums and fruit juices.

Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC

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Hurricanes here are a bit on the sweet side at this tourist hotspot, but the plus is that this popular chain serves the drinks year-round.

Libertine

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Named Rubens eighteenth street knockout, the hurricane variation at this Adams Morgan restaurant is made with light, dark and spiced rum and served on tap.

McClellan's Retreat

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This Dupont Circle cocktail bar is switching things up for an entire week in honor of Mardi Gras. Hurricanes will be served in a punch bowl with rums, passionfruit, lime, orange juice and grenadine.

RT's Restaurant

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The hurricane is just one of the New Orleans cocktails on the menu at this Creole restaurant, which also servers a vieux carre, a sazerac and even a cajun martini.

Mintwood Place

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Hurricanes will be among the items available during Mintwood Place's Fat Tuesday celebration. They'll offer live music from Crush Funk Brass Band, creole dishes, beignets and other cocktails, too.

Central Michel Richard

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This upscale French bistro is hosting a special Mardi Gras party, complete hurricanes on the bar and a special three-course meal. UPDATE: Due to the snow emergency, Central's party has been moved to Thursday.

Acadiana

Named the category five, the hurricane is a signature cocktail at this modern Louisiana-style restaurant and made with light rum and Goslings.

Bayou

At Bayou, the hurricane is topped with a dark rum float and highlights the list of Louisiana-inspired cocktails. The drink isn’t part of happy any hour specials, but there are food specials most days of the week.

Black Jack

Hurricanes aren't part of the daily cocktail offerings, but they'll make an appearance at the Capital Cocktail Competition. Tickets are $30 and attendees can purchase frozen hurricanes for $2.

Chasin' Tails

The hurricane is one of the "bayou cocktails" at this Arlington crawfish and seafood spot.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

The festive atmosphere at this Cuba-themed restaurant is perfect for enjoying a Miami hurricane, made with cherry and lemon rums and fruit juices.

Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC

Hurricanes here are a bit on the sweet side at this tourist hotspot, but the plus is that this popular chain serves the drinks year-round.

Libertine

Named Rubens eighteenth street knockout, the hurricane variation at this Adams Morgan restaurant is made with light, dark and spiced rum and served on tap.

McClellan's Retreat

This Dupont Circle cocktail bar is switching things up for an entire week in honor of Mardi Gras. Hurricanes will be served in a punch bowl with rums, passionfruit, lime, orange juice and grenadine.

RT's Restaurant

The hurricane is just one of the New Orleans cocktails on the menu at this Creole restaurant, which also servers a vieux carre, a sazerac and even a cajun martini.

Mintwood Place

Hurricanes will be among the items available during Mintwood Place's Fat Tuesday celebration. They'll offer live music from Crush Funk Brass Band, creole dishes, beignets and other cocktails, too.

Central Michel Richard

This upscale French bistro is hosting a special Mardi Gras party, complete hurricanes on the bar and a special three-course meal. UPDATE: Due to the snow emergency, Central's party has been moved to Thursday.

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