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March 23, 2010

Corkboard: Who has the best spring drink specials?

if you have a martini, and I have a martini, and I have a straw that reaches acroooooooooos the room. i start to drink your martini. I drink your MARTINI! I drink it up! BAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAFrom this Saturday through April 11, Morton's The Steakhouse (300 Charles St.) is whipping up Cherry Blossom Martinis (pictured), in honor of Washington's Cherry Blossom Festival.

The martinis, which cost $13, are made with Bacardi, pineapple Juice, cherry syrup and maraschino liqueur (the full recipe is below).

Which brings us to the subject of this post: Are any other Baltimore bars slinging sweet spring specialty cocktails?

Since this is the Corkboard, any and all bar owners are encouraged to weigh in. Same goes for regular old commenters, who happen to know of some delicious spring drinks going on.

OK, now, here's that recipe for the Cherry Blossom Martini ...


1 oz Bacardi
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Monin Cherry Syrup
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

(Photo courtesy of Morton's)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 6:49 AM | | Comments (16)
Categories: Corkboard


Sometimes I serve my kids cranberry juice and seltzer in a martini glass. Can I call that a martini?

A $13 Bacardi drink, no thanks.

$13 will buy you a bottle of Bacardi.

Lots of people online seem to want to post drink specials, and there's a definite need for it, but no one seems to be doing a comprehensive job of it.

600 block came close, but they never seem to update anymore.

There is a definite need for it.

Ah, I have though about this website idea for many years with a bunch of friends. The problem is in keeping it updated. It's too difficult for a website owner to keep track of all the bar specials at once, and I think that bar owners are too unreliable to keep specials updated. Most have trouble keeping their own website updated as it is. Best of luck to anyone who can pull it off.

NR and Baltimore Chop -- Sure, there's a need for it, but it's too time intensive, and doesn't generate enough ad sales revenue. That's why we have the Corkboard, where savvy bar owners who want to post their specials can do so, free of charge. And I don't have to call 1,000 bars every week to ask them what their specials are.

Modern Drunkard Magazine used to (maybe still does?) publish recurring bar specials on their back page- 2 for Tuesday and that kind of thing.

Problem is it only applied to Denver and Philly. I think it might have been one instance where print was more efficient than the internet. It could be done here the same way, but you're right, it would have to be a labor of love. It's not a moneymaker.

Ironically, i've been "maintaining" the following site for the past 2 years or so and while I'm aware of it's limitations, it does attempt to solve this problem.

City Paper summarizes a lot of specials and I'll get them from there when possible either dropping them as a comment on that site or emailing them to is an effective way to get the info onto the site.

he said cherry bossoms lol. I think I own that flick

seems like twitter should be the answer. bar owners can tweet from their phones daily.

Muggsy's serves up $5 Mugg-tinis all day every day (martinis served in 8oz mugs)

featuring "The Rock Star" Citrus Vodka Melon and black raspberry liquors pineapple and a dash of grenadine or "Category 5" Tequila blue Curacao OJ splash of sour and lime and many more

all recipes are from ma' girl Cinnamon regardless of what b the site tells you she is the most AWESOME Bartender this side of the Mississippi

I'm sure my martini-loving friend just threw up in his mouth a little.

I will see you and raise you with a BrewDog Tokio, available at Max's Taphouse tomorrow, an 18.2% Scottish beer with cranberry and jasmine and aged in French Oak.......

Tif/Sam/bar owners:

What area bars are on Twitter? What are their @s (I'm not on Twitter, so I don't know the lingo)

Springtime Special @ No Idea Tavern

Ladies (sorry gentlemen) 1/2 off your drinks when you order food* and dine outside at No Idea Tavern.

It helps make Heath Street look a little bit better.

@JD I don't know any that use twitter, it was a suggestion. Grumpies uses Facebook

@JD Bad Decisions is @bad_decision, and I can tell you, there's always SOMETHING special (like ME being behind the bar Friday nights *shill*)

Slainte, Kooper's, The Reserve and several others are on there, too.

Here's a site that does a good job showing a ton of happy hour specials:

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