As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time for WILD REVELRY and AGGRESSIVE PARTYING. To instigate and enable such celebrations, I did some experimenting with champagne cocktails, hunting for drinks that pack a punch, have a complex taste but don’t demand complicated ingredients, and bring those bubbles partygoers demand. After over an hour of exhaustive Google searching and heavy… Read More It’s New Years – Time for Champagne Cocktails!
Helluva year my friends, helluva year! I started this blog in May as a simple way to record my initial, clumsy forays into mixing cocktails. Since then, it’s become an increasingly enjoyable platform for recounting fun trips to 49 cocktails bars in seven states and two countries. So many great experiences sipping amazing drinks, meeting colorful folks on both sides of… Read More Farewell to 2015 – My Top Five Bars! 100th Post!
Rye provides a nice safehaven from the hustle and bustle of Baltimore’s beautiful Fells Point neighborhood. Ambiance: ***1/2 Decor: ***1/2 Service: **** Cocktails: ***1/2 Overall Rating: 3.5 I am a much-traveled veteran of the 95-corridor and have driven through Baltimore many, many times. Always through, however, never to; other than a childhood trip to the aquarium,… Read More Charm City Cocktails – Rye
In October I visited Alexandria’s Captain Gregory’s and had one of my favorite cocktail experiences of the year. So when I heard the Captain’s bartender Sam Brooks was throwing a pop-up event at Church and State on H Street, I jumped at the chance to visit. The intriguing theme for the evening was the pairing of… Read More Poppin’ Up at Church and State
“Almighty God, thee only have I; thou steerest my fate, I must give myself up to thee! Give me a livelihood! Give me a bride! My blood wants love, as my heart does!” – Hans Christian Andersen Another weekend, another boozy literary event at the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen! This weeks installment offered imaginative… Read More Fairy Tales and Cocktails at Petworth Citizen
This week I’m reviewing a biography of the famously golden-haired General Custer, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to make the “French Blonde,” the recipe for which I found on the Food Network webpage. A note on looks: the Blonde’s appearance is beautiful, I’d love to make a batch of five or six… Read More Blonde Cocktails and Cavalrymen
A charming outpost of gentile Southern food and décor, Magnolia’s surprised me with its creative and top flight cocktails. Ambiance: ****1/2 Decor: **** Service: **** Cocktails: ***** Overall Rating: 4.5 One of my favorite cities in the world is Charleston. I can just lose myself forever along the Harbor, and the city’s restaurant scene has no… Read More Cocktails Under the Palmetto – Magnolia’s on King
It’s finally December — that means Christmas, shopping, and cinnamon-flavored cocktails. The delicious spice has been with us since the beginning of recorded history: Moses liked it, the ancient Egyptians hoarded it, and I put it on waffles myself. To start, I decided to make some homemade cinnamon simple syrup. Sure, you can buy the… Read More ‘Tis the Season for Cinnamon!
“Ah! Young people, travel if you can, and if you cannot – travel all the same!” -Jules Verne I had a splendid time at this week’s installment of Petworth Citizen’s Reading Room literary cocktail series. In fact, I had such a good time that I was ashamed to have missed several previous editions! Cocktails events this… Read More Extraordinary Voyages at Petworth Citizen
The Riggsby is a great after-work or formal space to relax with friends and enjoy some good cocktails. Ambiance: **** Decor: ****1/2 Service: **** Cocktails: ***1/2 Overall Rating: 4 Hotel bars often serve as bland extensions of their home brand, with little effort made to take risks or stand out from the crowd. So kudos to The… Read More Old Time Americana – The Riggsby