Baltimore winter drinks [Pictures]
Winter is coming. Fight back with one of these 10 cocktails from Baltimore bars and restaurants. (recipes included!)
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Monk's Dream at Idle Hour( Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun photo / December 10, 2013 )
Idle Hour is, in fact, the largest purveyor of French monastery-produced Chartreuse in the U.S. It's a thick, powerful liqueur that can either start your night out right or end it in short order. The Monk's Dream ($8) consists of not one but two varieties of Chartreuse -- yellow and green -- the yellow variety is sweeter and less alcoholic than its green brethren. Peychaud's bitters, a healthy dose of Buffalo Trace bourbon and sugar are added, making for an immensely stiff drink with that unmistakable Chartreuse flavor. As Chartreuse is created via a mix of more than 100 herbal extracts and distilled alcohol, it's difficult to put a pin on the exact profile. Imagine a glass of liquified holly tree.
Chartreuse is most certainly not a beginner's drink. Suffice it so say if you're in the market for a cocktail that is truly worthy of sipping next to an open fireplace, the Monk's Dream is a definite go-to.