Where to Drink Spring Cocktails in Baltimore
While there’s been no pronounced wintery weather this season, it’s clear we’re still all ready for spring. Thankfully, so are the bars. We have drinks here that are as equally prepared to pay homage to the O’s as they are to the margarita. There are few liquors, liqueurs, or trends, left unturned by Baltimore’s talented bartenders, and we thank them for that.
There are also a few sneak peeks and heads up on drinks that you can be the first to taste test at local spots, so read on to see what you’ve been drinking this season
This comfy corner bar with enviable olive and pickle flights shakes and stirs with best. This colorful spring cocktail makes both sangria and the margarita a little classier.
Avión Tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, triple sec, splash of sour, layer of pinot noir, garnished with fresh mint & lime
Bartender Nick Ramey never fails to disappoint with interesting cocktails to wash down the equally impressive noshes at this homey Hampden mainstay.
Coa de Jima Reposado Tequila, muddled strawberry, aperol, cardamaro, lime juice, green Chartreuse foam
Espirito Cachaca, jasmine tea, Creme de Violette, lavender bitters, muddled lime and mint
Arguably the classiest spot on Cross St., Bookmakers is shaking up this springy citrusy cocktail with one of our favorite small-batch gins.
Bluecoat Gin, Aperol, housemade hopped grapefruit falernum, lemon juice, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Who doesn’t love a colorful, spicy shout-out to the hometown team? #icesphereftw
Go O's Margarita
Carrot juice ice sphere, charred jalapeno, lime, tequila
The mule is on-point, but who doesn’t love a punny drink?
Berry Breezy Mule
Tito’s Vodka, elderflower liqueur, strawberry-basil shrub, lime juice, housemade ginger beer
It’s About Fig & Thyme
Housemade limoncello, Figenza Mediterranean Fig Vodka, honey-thyme shrub, muddled lemon, fizzy water
Gunther & Co.
This Brewer’s Hill spot will be unveiling their very-Instagrammable tiki drink program this season on their patio, but before the weather breaks enough for that they’ll be sharing this one inside.
Traverse City Cherry Bourbon, Campari, Bloomery Black Walnut SweetShine, lemon bitters, starfruit garnish
The Milton Inn
As part of the Brigance Brigade Foundation’s lineup of activities to celebrate ALS Awareness month, the organization has paired with some local spots for its second annual ALS Bites! Campaign which includes this cocktail. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s mission to equip, encourage, and empower people living with ALS and a portion of the proceeds on this drink will be donated to the Brigance Brigade Foundation.
Goetze’s Caramel Apple Martini
Vodka (Ketel One preferred), sour apple liqueur, sour mix, shaken and stirred and garnished with a apple slice bruleed with sugar and Goetze’s Caramel candy
The Nickel Taphouse
If this is what Spring Break looks like, it’s a whole lot better than what we remember (or don’t?)...
Barr Hill Gin, Jack Rudy’s Small Batch Tonic, Green Chartreuse, mint, lime
Wash back those pinxtos with this citrus infused punny concoction.
The Secret Ad-Meyer-er
Aviation gin infused with Meyer lemon and thyme, Green Chartreuse, Hydrangea Tea
This (only!) rooftop bar in Baltimore isn’t even open yet for the season, but they were willing to give us a sneak peek of the cocktails on the horizon. Pop in a month from now to sip these cocktails on their loungy rooftop deck.
Absolut Lime, ginger syrup, fresh lemon juice
Malibu Black, Absolut Ruby Red, pineapple juice, passion fruit juice
The South Side
Plymouth Gin, simple syrup, mint, lime
Bulleit Rye Whiskey, simple syrup, mint, rhubarb bitters
Muddled cucumber and strawberry, Absolut Elyx
Fresh Sangria & Infusions
Whole carafes of Red and White Sangria and Cocktail Infusions
Modern Cook Shop
This Fell’s Point spot has nabbed Matt Robicelli to spruce up the spot with his baked decadence. Wash down that sweet potato pie bread pudding, or any of the rest of their creative menu, with this light spring sip.
Dogfish Head Whole Leaf Gin, lime, simple syrup, housemade lavender bitters
The Prime Rib at Maryland Live! Casino
You may gamble on a lot at the casino, but you can either sip away your sorrows or celebrate your winnings with these casino cocktails.
Bacardi White Rum, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, cranberry juice, two fresh squeezed lime wedges, fresh tarragon leaves
Tanqueray Gin, dry Vermouth, apricot brandy, grenadine, maraschino cherry, two fresh squeezed lemon wedges
We’re already in love with RegionAle’s concept of crafty continental sandwiches paired with craft beers, but these springy slushies at $4 each are sealing the deal for a quick ride to south of the city.
Pinot Grigio, lemon, strawberry
Royal Sonesta at Harbor Court
Royal Sonesta put together this list of creative cocktails to sip for the entirety of Baltimore’s Light City event for $6 during Happy Hour, 4-7 pm.
The Golden Hour
Sagamore Spirit Rye, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, orange juice, lemon juice, dash Angostura bitters, cherry garnish
Electric Blueberry Fizz
Absolut Vodka, Blue Curacao, lemon juice, splash of simple syrup, fresh blueberries, lemon peel garnish
Light Street Lemonade
Pink lemonade, white cranberry juice, Champagne, Triple Sec, raspberry garnish
Midori Melon Liqueur, house sour mix, fresh lime juice, dash of lemon-lime soda
Wit and Wisdom
Grab a seat at the bar, or on the outdoor patio in the warmer weather- either way, there’s no chance you’ll feel like you’re at a hotel bar. Check out the newest cocktail while taking in the sunset and you might wish you’d booked a room.
Stalk in Trade
Tanqueray Gin, Krogstad Aqua Vit, ginger syrup, lime juice, ten leaves of arugula (small handful)
Photo via RegionALE