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December 8, 2009

The cocktail list at Mr. Rain's Fun House makes me salivate

ludlow at mr. rain's fun houseThis afternoon, I snagged a copy of the drink list for the new Mr. Rain's Fun House from Elizabeth Large.

The selection looks decent: One sparkling wine, five whites and five reds, from countries such as Argentina, Austria, Spain and Australia, with prices ranging from $28-$40.

But the cocktail list is what really caught my eye. All the mixed drinks cost $12, which isn't too too bad.

The Ginger Julep looked snappy: Elijah Craig Bourbon, Campari bitters, ginger beer, muddled mint and ginger.

Another signature cocktail is The Ludlow (pictured), made with Bombay Dry Gin, Lillet Blanc, apple cider and cinnamon syrup. That sounds like prime wintertime toasting material, if you ask me.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Fun House Gin Tonic (I think they're missing a word somewhere in there), which is Bombay Dry Gin, Q Artisanal Tonic Water and muddled lime.

Artisanal tonic water, you say? Curious about what constitutes artisanal tonic water, I did a little digging ...

According to this site, which sells Q Artisanal Tonic Water at the low low price of $58 per case (plus shipping), Q is the best thing to happen to tonic water, well, ever. Check it out:

-Hand-picked quinine from the Peruvian Andes
-Organic agave as the sweetener
-60% fewer calories than regular tonic water
-All natural ingredients
-No high fructose corn syrup
-85% lower glycemic rating than other tonic waters

I don't know about you, but I only consume tonic water with organic agave and hand-picked quinine from the Perivan Andes. And the glycemic rating of my tonic water is VERY IMPORTANT to me. Hiccup.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:36 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Yum-yum! Is it 5 o'clock yet??

their bloody mary is by far the best I've ever had - it has fresh ginger in it!!!

Yes, the Ludlow sounds just perfect. You didn't steer me wrong with La Raspa @ Azul 17 ! best margarita I have ever had. and i would go back there just to have it again! You have great taste in liquid libations ...

Maybe I just don't drink cocktails at fancy restaurants enough, but 12 bucks is steep in my opinon, 8 - 10 seems more reasonable.

$12 seems extreme. I am with CK on this one.

Sam -

I'm the founder of Q Tonic - can I send you a couple sample bottles?

I made the original recipe in my kitchen and am now busting my butt to bring it to the world. I believe if you try Q Tonic, you'll notice a real difference.



Sam, Jordan,

I can honestly say this is the best tonic I've encountered. For serious imbibers this is a must. I didn't hesitate putting it on our menu once I tried it. If you were open to it, we'd be interested in hosting a tonic / cocktail tasting here at the Fun House.


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