Baltimore Cocktails

The Shake Off, A Charity Cocktail Competition

In the course of my cocktail journeys I've had the pleasure of attending many cocktail competitions. On September 15th I have that opportunity again, all while supporting an amazing cause. 

Pacing for Parkinson's is a charity running team that aims to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative brain disorder that affects more than half a million people in the United States. On September 15th Argosy Cafe will be hosting a charity cocktail competition to benefit Pacing for Parkinson's fundraising efforts. 

The Shake Off will feature five Baltimore bartenders each presenting two cocktails. Each bartender has been asked to create both a gin and whiskey cocktail featuring two of the event's sponsors Gin Mare and High West. 





Cocktail #1 - Senora

Gin Mare, Don Ciccio Limencello, Don Ciccio Mandarinetto, Don Ciccio Cinque Aperitivo, Watermelon Juice, Basil, American Fruits Sour Cherry, Pineapple Juice


Cocktail #2 Good Morning Baltimore

High West Prairie, lemon, ginger, honey, topped with prosecco





Cocktail #1 - Strawberry Harvest

Gin Mare, strawberry, basil, raw sugar simple, tonic


Cocktail #2 Peach Berry Bourye

High West Bourye, peaches, lemon, simple, blackberries, thyme, ginger ale, lemon bitters





Cocktail #1

Gin Mare, Mint Coconut water syrup, lemon, lime, Chartreuse foam


Cocktail #2

High West Double Rye, lemon, pineapple, toasted cardamom, fennel pollen





Cocktail #1

Gin Mare, Or-g liqueur, Brinley coconut cream, pineapple gum syrup, topped with nutmeg


Cocktail #2

High West Prairie, Brovo Pretty vermouth, lemon, simple, blackberry, eggwhite, topped with an angostura bitters stencil





Cocktail #1 Killer Tofu

Gin Mare, Royal Kummel, Dill Lemongrass Syrup, Dill Tofu Syrup, Celery Bitters, Lemongrass Garnish

Photo Credit: Amie Ward

Photo Credit: Amie Ward


Cocktail #2 The Squashbuckler

High West Rendezvous Rye, Vapor Pumpkin Cordial, Angostura Bitters, Pumpkin Orgeat, Pumpkin Bark Garnish

Photo Credit: Amie Ward

Photo Credit: Amie Ward

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Baltimore Shandy

Life here at Cocktail Crafty has been good. Every cocktail bar we know has a new fall menu. So hubby and I have been busy "taste testing." The cat only got inside the couch once this week. And hubby's doomsday bunker has been coming along nicely as he adds rice, flour and bleach to his stockpile. Yep, life is good here despite our Orioles loosing the American League Championship 0-4.

I held off on writing this post in hopes of a victory. I never want to be accused of being a jinx. When I am a fan, I'm a Fan with a with a capital "F". I believe in jinxing. I adore my team. I take every win and lose to heart.

Those who aren't sports fans don't often get the intensity in which we cheer. They right off fan devotion as absurd and an example of what's wrong with out society. I would argue that sports simply distracts us from difficulties that life presents. For a brief moment we don't have to think about our bills, our illnesses, our tragedies. Hope serves as a great motivator even if that hope comes in the form of a ball. This may be why when our athletes do wrong we take their actions so personally.

I grew up an O's fan. I still remember my first baseball game. It was against the Blue Jays at the old Memorial Stadium. Our seat were in the sky. But it was the best two hours of my young life.

In 1996, I was a junior in high school. In my locker was a poster of the Orioles lineup and schedule. That was the last time our team had hopes of going to the World Series. It was also the last time I gave O's my heart. I cheered every win with the exuberance and mourned every loss with the dramatics teenage girls are known for. When we loss the ALCS 2-3 to the Yankees I cried myself to sleep that night. The next day I ripped my locker poster down and swore never to give baseball my heart again. I was now strictly a football fan.

The Orioles making it to the post season was meant so much more than just winning a few games. When our football team divided us, our baseball team brought us back together. Economic and racial divisions were put aside. We were united as a city if only for a few weeks.

All this excitement has inspired me to create a drink. What doesn't inspire me to create a drink?

Baltimore Shandy

4 oz freshly squeezed Orange Juice

1 oz Clementine Vodka

1/4 oz Orange Curacao

National Bohemian Beer

Shake juice, vodka, and curacao with ice. Strain into pilsner glass. Top with National Bohemian Beer or other pale lager. Garnish with orange slice.



I recently decided to find happiness in my own backyard. Since, for me, happiness means having a good drink I decided to tour my city in search of cocktails.

I have the pleasure of living in downtown Baltimore. Every once in a while I have to remind myself of why I love it here. You can get caught up on the negative and it becomes hard to see the beauty and not focus on the cracks.

I have an ongoing bucket list of bars and restaurants I want to visit across the country. I've found myself frustrated that Baltimore didn’t have more to offer by way of cocktail culture. Or does it? Perhaps everything I’m searching for is right in front of me and I don’t see it. Am I being too harsh on my hometown? There’s only one way to find out.

I decided to go for a walk.

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