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Drink Pink in October!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths among women in the U.S.?

And guys aren’t off the hook either. This year, nearly 2,000 men will also be diagnosed, according to Pink Jams.

That sucks more than dead puppies and being married to Kris Humphries.

While wearing pink has always a sign of showing support for women with breast cancer, sipping pink is, too. Let’s raise a glass as well as awareness for early detection and education programs for breast cancer.

Vinoteca has a special rose flight ($13) featuring three “pink” wines: Anne amie “Midnight Saignee” Pinot Noir; Le Chaz, a Grenache Cinsault blend from Languedoc; Domaine de la Courtade “L’Alycastre” from Côtes de Provence.

Never underestimate a Cosmopolitan done well, and The Hamilton uses Tito’s Vodka, fresh lime juice, triple sec, a lime twist, cranberry coulis, in a martini glass served up.

Protein Bar’s The Red Line smoothie is a creamy pink with vanilla protein, milk, fresh strawberries, banana and only a modest 264 calories.

We love drinking our salads, and the Oasis at Art and Soul (pictured) has huge chunks of watermelon, Vida Mescal, a whole lime, simple syrup, and fresh mint.

Food, Wine & Co. makes a spicy and fun G6 ($10) with Tanqueray Rangpur, muddled cinnamon, mint, pink grapefruit juice and a splash of soda. Garnished with a lime wheel.

Bar Pilar has a seasonal Gin & Tonic ($10) with housemade rhubarb!

Johnny’s Half Shell’s Climate Change ($5) is simple yet very tasty with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka and a splash of cranberry juice. Garnished with a thin slice of grapefruit.

The Fairmont Hotel is getting all decked out with pink flowers, a pink-lit courtyard garden and pink-clad staff serving–how’d you guess? Pink cocktails like the Pink Berry Mojito with rum, simple syrup, muddled, fresh raspberries, limes and courtyard mint. ($12)

Sandia has an equally fresh, fruity margarita ($9) with tequila, citrus and fresh watermelon on the rocks.

Oyamel has the rosy Ambrosia with Siembra Azul Blanco, Aperol, lemon, grapes, basil and “Pink” champagne ice.

Central’s Blueberry Smash ($12) goes from blue to pink with fresh, muddled blueberries, blueberry vodka, lemon juice, and a lightly sparkling wine. It’s full of cancer-fighting antioxidants, really.

The Park Hyatt Washington serves a Pamela’s Punch that blushes with Prairie Vodka, Chambord, St. Germain, pomegranate and pineapple juices and ginger beer.

Photo: Art and Soul

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.

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