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Cuba Libre Celebrates National Rum Day August 16th

Mojito Aniversario, made with Cuba Libre 10th Anniversary Solera Rum, distilled by Bacardi, Grand Marnier, guarapo, hierba buena, fresh lime juice, and a splash of soda.

Washington, DC (August 11, 2011) – Cuba Libre, located at 801 9th St NW, in Washington, is celebrating National Rum Day, Tuesday, August 16th, by offering a 50 percent discount on all rum and rum-based cocktails during “Caippy Hour” from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM in the bar/lounge.  With over 75 types of rum to choose from, there is plenty of celebration in store for guests.

The restaurant’s name, which translates to “a free Cuba,” signifies a hope for the future of the treasured island nation. Two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s menus feature tantalizing tastes that reflect Cuba’s culinary traditions as well as the emerging modern cuisine he experienced on his recent travels to Havana.

At Cuba Libre, rum is more than just a mixer and National Rum Day provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the versatility and flavor of this popular spirit.  Cuba Libre is known for its gastronomic delights reflecting modern Cuban cuisine, and for its expansive rum menu. The rum list showcases over 75 premium and flavored varieties from Brazil, Haiti, Nicaragua and Tortola, as well as the restaurant’s seven Cuba Libre branded rums which are aged up to 21 years.

Highlights from this extensive selection include the Cuba Libre 21 Year “Special Reserve” Rum, an exquisite rum with scotch and brandy characteristics with tasting notes of sweet molasses and honey followed by tea and oak aromas ($17 per glass on August 16, usually $34), as well as the Cuba Libre Dark Rum, featuring smooth strength and a warm full-bodied taste that satisfies the most traditional rum drinker ($4 per glass on August 16). It is perfect straight or as a mixer.

Cuba Libre 21 Year “Special Reserve” Rum, an exquisite rum with scotch and brandy characteristics with tasting notes of sweet molasses and honey followed by tea and oak aromas.

These special prices are only available during the National Rum Day event, which is a perfect time to sample one or several of these selections.

Cuba Libre’s tempting rum cocktails are a delicious option with the 50 percent savings, including Cuba Libre’s house specialty, the mojito, available in 14 varieties and made from an authentic Cuban recipe.  Fresh sugar cane juice, called guarapo, is pressed daily in-house to naturally sweeten the signature mojitos.

A favorite is the Mojito Aniversario, made with Cuba Libre 10th Anniversary Solera Rum, distilled by Bacardi, Grand Marnier, guarapo, hierba buena, fresh lime juice, and a splash of soda ($5.75 on August 16). Exotic tropical fruit juices are also infused into the abundant specialty cocktails.  A unique selection is the Guantanamo Bay, made with Kraken Spiced Rum, fresh orange juice, pineapple juice, a splash of sour mix, a splash of POM, and float of Cuba Libre Dark Rum ($4.75 on August 16).

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is located at 801 9th Street (corner of H Street), NW Suite A in Washington, D.C., just south of the Renaissance Washington,DC Downtown Hotel. For more information please visit www.CubaLibreRestaurant.com.

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