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La Voisin, The Brewer's Art( Jazmine Johnson / Baltimore Sun / October 16, 2013 )
When general manager Ari Magwood thought about Halloween cocktails, his mind went to witchcraft. He didn't want to go the traditional route with witches, so he chose to make us a cocktail that, with the help of a smoky and spicy flavor, would embody a different side of witch history.
The dark side of witch history.
"I was originally going to name it after someone from the Salem Witch trials, but none of them were burned at the stake -- they were hung," Magwood said. He did some research to learn where witches were actually burned at the stake and came up with France. He named the drink after Catherine Deshayes, popularly known as La Voisin, a famed French fortune teller and possible sorcerer who was publicly burned at the stake in 1680, after the attempted poisoning of Louis XIV.
"It seemed like an interesting story," Magwood said, and more importantly "it sounded like a cool name."
Magwood's La Voisin immediately evokes images of witch burnings and sorcerer's brew with its blend of flavors. The drink tastes of "smoke and spice with citrus on the end, while the cinnamon syrup adds just a bit of sweetness," Magwood summed up.
That, with the brandied cherry garnish, which adds a reddish glint to the pale yellow drink, stirs the image of a burning fire. After spending time outside with your ghosties and ghoulies, this drink is sure to keep away the cold. In a not-as-dangerous way.
How to make the La Voisin
1 1/2 oz. Ilegal mezcal joven
1/2 oz. Bittermens Hiver Amer liqueur
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
2 dashes of lemon bitters
3 brandied cherries
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherries.
Where to get the La Voisin
The Brewer's Art
1106 N. Charles St.