Cotton & Reed, a new rum distillery located in the Union Market district of northeast D.C., is quickly becoming the It place to party, with a lineup of house cocktails based on its own spirits. Whether you’re there for a distillery tour or just kicking it with friends, be sure to grab a seat at the bar to sample drinks from Lukas B. Smith. Serving as cocktail specialist, he wields a lineup of house-made sodas and inventive ingredients to concoct his latest offerings.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The White Lion, a rum and lime drink in the Daiquiri family made with C&R’s own white rum and allspice dram
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: You don’t have to be a rocket scientists to make good rum, but just in case, co-founders Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton actually worked for NASA.