One of the Inner Harbor's seafood institutions with the greatest waterviews in the city, the Rusty Scupper, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in business. The War of 1812 bicentennial also begins this summer, so the folks at the Scupper decided to give its looming neighbor, Federal Hill, its own drink: the Federal Hill Martini.
A blend of VeeV Acai, Chambord and sour mix with a splash of Sprite, the cocktail is essentially a margarita served in a martini glass (it's also available over ice and with salt, natch). But the light, fruity flavors provided by the raspberry components blend smoothly with the sour mix and lemon/lime to provide a sweet and tart libation that isn't over the top in either department. It's dangerously drinkable.
"I really like this one," said Wine Director Julian Demiri of the creation. "You can just drink it all day long." And not just because of the pleasing flavor, either. The relatively low alcohol content of the ingredients puts this martini at just over the level of a glass of wine, so you could probably enjoy a few of them at Scupper's $5 happy hour and, while you're at it, watch the boats go by thanks to the spectacular views of the Inner Harbor. Bombs bursting or not.
How to make the Federal Hill Martini
2 oz. VeeV Acai Spirit
1 oz. Chambord
1 oz. sour mix
Shake ingredients over ice, strain into martini glass. Top with Sprite, add lime wedge to garnish.
Where to get the Federal Hill Martini
402 Key Highway, Inner Harbor
$8.95; $5 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday