Sweet, glorious cocktails
Guest blogger Dan Volin has some tasty sounding cocktail suggestions for us. Dig his, and feel free to add your own:
Look, we all saw that Brewer’s Art was named the best bar in the country by Esquire – deservedly so, I might add, it’s a heck of a place – but sometimes I just don’t feel like a pint of Resurrection, you know?
Sometimes I just want to kick back, sip a cocktail and pretend I’m in Mad Men or something. When I feel like that, there are a few places in Baltimore where you’ll find me ...
Golden West Café (pictured), in Hampden, known more for its Southwestern-inspired slow food (and I mean slooooooow), has a smoke-free bar in back. Their beer selection is great and rotates frequently, but their cocktails are where it’s at. My favorite is the Trolley Car, made with Captain Morgan, Cointreau, sweet and sour, rimmed with cinnamon sugar and fresh lemon. But then again, I’m a sucker for almost anything with cinnamon sugar.
Captain Larry's, down in South Baltimore, has their famous Dark and Stormy. The Dark and Stormy is made from Barritt's ginger beer and Gosling's Black Seal rum. I like this drink a lot; however, I’m a bigger fan of its impossible-to-find-in-Baltimore cousin the Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer and lime, served in a copper mug). You find that drink in Baltimore; you’ve made a new friend in me.
If you imbibe as much as I do, you’re going to have a few hangovers. And if you, like me, think the hair of the dog that bit you is the best way to get over them, I’ve got some good news.
Miss Shirley's, with locations off of Cold Spring Lane and in the Inner Harbor, has some seriously thick, seriously great Bloody Marys. Made with citrus vodka, tomato juice, hot sauce and spices garnished with a celery stalk, green tomato slices, lime, pickled okra, jalapeño and hot cherry peppers, with optional fresh jumbo lump crab meat and Old Bay for three dollars more, this is one serious eye-opener for a bleary-eyed Sunday morning.
(Sun archive photo)