There's more to summer cocktails than mojitos or margaritas; sure they get the job done, but they aren't nearly as refreshing as Mr. Rain's sinfully made Eve's Habit.
The Funhouse, a culinary wonderland atop the American Visionary Art Museum, loves to serve patrons drinks as innovative and quirky as their artistic digs. I loved Eve's Habit, served as part of a flight of handcrafted cocktails called The Garden Variety. As the title suggests, ingredients are inspired by fresh, seasonal produce: red bell pepper-infused gin, fresh citruses and herbs, organic rum infused with hibiscus, ginger and cardamom. Proprietor and head beverage director, Perez Klebahn, says he intentionally designs his elixirs around his dinner menu, which he calls, "an artisanal fusion of food and drink."
Eve's Habit was a tasty temptation for the senses. The smell from the fresh cilantro and cucumber garnishes mingled on my palate even before I took the first, cooling sip- a light combination of aged tequila and aperitif wine, with a honeyed lemon and lime finish. And the best part? I was able to try out two others drinks before committing to Eve right away. But trust me, the girl is worth her own order.
MAKE EVE'S HABIT
2 oz. El Ultimo Reposado Tequila
0.75 oz. Cocchi Americano Apertivo
0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
0.25 oz. fresh lemon juice
0.25 oz. honey syrup
2 chunks fresh cucumber
3 sprigs cilantro
Muddle cucumber and cilantro to the bottom of the shaker. Combine all ingredients into shaker. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with fresh cucumber and cilantro.
WHERE TO GET IT
Mr. Rain's Funhouse
800 Key Highway,Federal Hill
(in flight, $25; a la carte, $10)