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Monday Classics: Lion of Baltimore

Monday Classics: Lion of Baltimore

For today’s Monday Classic, I was super intrigued by a modern variation of the Manhattan cocktail found in Philip Greene’s book by the same name. I loved the idea that it followed the traditional recipe of two parts base spirit (in this case Jamaican Rum) to one part sweet vermouth, but it also included lime, orgeat, and pimento bitters. It made me think of an island version of a Manhattan, and I liked the idea of that, especially after my venture into the Tiki world with last Monday’s Sidewinder’s Fang. The only thing I didn’t have on hand was Pimento bitters, but I substituted St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (which is a pimento based spirit) and Jack rudy aromatic bitters instead.

Cocktail names are so important to me, so I was excited to see that Greene provided the reasons behind his choice for this drink. During the war of 1812, the US Navy was not yet a powerful enough force to hold off the British fleet, so there were many private ships that helped out. The Lion of Baltimore was one of these American vessels. After the British burned the White House and plundered the Capitol, they headed for Baltimore under the command of General Robert Ross. The Lion was waiting for them in Bodkin Creek and met the British naval squadron that was sent up the bay. The British burned the Lion, but never captured Baltimore, and Ross was later killed by Maryland sharpshooters. His body was preserved in a cask of Jamaican rum and taken to Nova Scotia for burial. Greene and his father kept a sloop at Bodkin Creek, and he created this cocktail in the summer of 2013 after sailing the Chesapeake with him.

I kept the Jamaican rum for this cocktail because it was so vital to its identity, but you can be sure we’ll be experimenting with our own rums behind the bar at the distillery to come up with our own variation. The drink is exactly what Greene intended it to be: a Manhattan at heart, but with the spirit of an island cocktail that conjures up thoughts of “fair winds and following seas.”

Lion of Baltimore

2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum
1 oz Dolin Rouge sweet vermouth
¾ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz Giffard orgeat syrup
1 dash St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1 oz Jack Rudy aromatic bitters

Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Greene’s recipe calls for it to be served in a cocktail glass, but I chose this one in honor of him and his father. No garnish. Enjoy!

Monday Classics: The Brandy Daisy

Monday Classics: The Brandy Daisy

Back in the spring I wrote a Monday Classics post about a cocktail called the Whiskey Daisy. The Daisies are a family or category of drinks – like a fizz or a sour – that are structured in a certain way. They begin with a base spirit, add in some citrus and a flavored liquid sweetener, and can be served up in a cocktail glass, or on the rocks where they are often topped with a bit of club soda. The daisy that we’re all most familiar with is the Margarita (the Spanish word for daisy), which contains tequila

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Monday Classics: The Local Healer

Monday Classics: The Local Healer

I know that you’re looking at the name of this drink and saying “I know of no such classic cocktail,” and you are correct because there isn’t one with that particular name. There is, however, a classic called the Penicillin, about which I’ve written two blog posts because it happens to be one of my favorites. It’s considered a modern day classic because it was first developed by Sam Ross of Milk and Honey and Attaboy fame, both renowned cocktail bars in NYC, and it now appears on drink

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Monday Classics: Harvey Coastbanger

Monday Classics: Harvey Coastbanger

My brother and sister-in-law live in Houston, Texas. Needless to say, I checked in with them a number of times last week while Hurricane Harvey was dumping a record amount of rainfall on their city. I’m happy to report that they were fortunate enough not to sustain any damage, but that’s certainly not the case for so many other people who live in the area. At one point my sister-in-law told me that I should make a drink that was a rendition of the Harvey Wallbanger for my next Monday Classics

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Monday Classics: The Clover Club

Monday Classics: The Clover Club

People often ask me how I come up with my blogs posts. Sometimes it’s a well-planned, well-researched kind of thing. Other times it’s a moment of inspiration or it’s a reflection of my thoughts about something emotional, whether happy or sad. Often sad – I know, I know. When it comes to Monday Classics, I’ll usually look through some of my books and wait for something to tug at my interest. This week a friend posted an article about a Clover Club on my Facebook wall and made

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