Last night I attended a spring cocktail preview at B&O American Brasserie. They have a lot of new, exciting things on the menu this season, including three types of "flowing bowls," which are communal punch drinks intended for at least four people to share. We tried the very fruity Wallop To Your Own Beat, which was reminiscent of sparkling wine.
We sampled a few other stellar cocktails, created by bar manager Brendan Dorr, including the Apple Blossom, a twist on a daisy cocktail with Angel's Envy bourbon, apple schnapps, citrus, Domain Canton, and soda. The spicy ginger from the Domain Canton mixed with the refreshing apple citrus was a perfect balance. We also enjoyed the award-winning Galavanter made with Bulleit Rye, which won the Baltimore Bartender's Guild "Rye's Up" cocktail contest that I wrote about here.
But my favorite of the night was probably B&O's new margarita, which Dorr named the Heat Seeking Countermeasure, pictured. The drink is made with Tanteo jalapeño-infused tequila, agave, lime, and Pamplemousse (grapefruit) Liqueur. The tequila had just enough peppery flavor without an overpowering spice and it was counteracted nicely with the citrus punch of the lime and grapefruit liqueur. This is one of the best margaritas I've had and would be a great way to kick off Cinco de Mayo on Saturday. See the recipe below:
Heat Seeking Countermeasure
1 1/4 oz. Tanteo jalapeño
1/2 oz. agave
3/4 oz. lime
3/4 oz. Pamplemousse Liqueur
Shake with ice and strain into a salt rimmed coupe. Garnish with jalapeño coin.
[Image: courtesy of Sara Warfield]