13 great Baltimore Halloween cocktails [Pictures]
Check out some of the most devious and delicious drinks from the city's best bars.
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Satan's Beard, Hersh's( Jazmine Johnson / Baltimore Sun / October 22, 2013 )
Bartender Abby Hopper didn't want to go the traditional route when making a Halloween drink. "Everything [around Halloween] is an Oktoberfest [drink], something that really plays off of pumpkin, or off fall flavors," she said. So instead, she decided to focus on classic drinks, and thought Satan's Whiskers was perfect because of its devilish name. The classic Satan's Whiskers is equal parts gin and Grand Marnier, orange juice and sweet and dry vermouth. Hopper took this drink, which she calls "a silent killer," and put her own Italian inspired twist on it just for us.
Hopper feels that her creation, Satan's Beard, is, "something that anyone can appreciate, without the qualms of a boozy cocktail -- or the terrible pumpkin connotation."
The only thing that might evoke the image of a pumpkin is the orange bottom color of this two-tone drink, and even that's a stretch, as it tastes nothing like pumpkin. The drink has a citrusy flavor with a hint of pepper. To make this drink perfect for Hersh's, Hopper switched out the sweet vermouth for Barolo Chinato. The addition of the Barolo gives the drink a robust, almost chocolaty, flavor at the end, and mixes well with the drink's savory taste.
The drink's mix of orange and yellow is reminiscent of the glowing candle behind a Jack-o'-lantern's eyes. And the lemon rind garnish looks very similar to a mustache, a sample of what Satan's actual beard could very well look like.
How to make the Satan's Beard
1/2 oz. Gordon's gin
1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 oz. Dolin dry vermouth
1 1/4 oz. egg white
1/2 oz. Cocchi Barolo Chinato (a fortified wine) or port
Shake all ingredients together, except the Barolo Chinato, for 15 seconds. Add the mixture to a shaker full of ice and shake for another 15 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass. Float the Barolo Chinato on top, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Where to get the Satan's Beard
1843 Light St.
$11 regularly, $5 Halloween night