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Catch U in the Rye, Silo.5% Wine Bar

By Meekah Hopkins

November 30, 2011

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Don't be fooled. Silo.5%, the new wine bar in Locust Point, stands out for more than their extensive list of vino.

The scene — a modern lounge with black leather furniture, intimately arranged; the bar — a clean slate-marble accented in green lighting; and the scenery — a panoramic glass exterior opens to a harbor view. It's a perfect venue for a cool, casual cocktail date.

Its drink menu runs seamlessly together with its style — classic with a modern edge. My favorite, Catch U in the Rye, is a spicy, sexy take on an old-school American favorite: the Manhattan.

Unlike the standard Manhattan, this one is sleeker and more grown-up (forget the goopy maraschino cherries). Instead, rye whiskey and sweet vermouth are transformed by a different ingredient: Silo.5%'s house-made habanero simple syrup. They even throw in a few seeds.

While the habanero adds a little fire, it also balances the kick of the rye quite well. The result is warm and smooth. "It's like a sparkling heat. It just ... crackles on your tongue," said bar manager Erik Blackwell.

And if that doesn't jump-start your evening, I'm not sure what will.

How To Make Catch U in the Rye

2 oz. Catoctin Creek rye whiskey

1/2 oz. sweet vermouth

1 oz. house made habanero simple syrup

Dash of bitters

Shake over ice, then strain into a chilled martini glass

Where to Get One

Silo.5% Wine Bar

1200 Steuart St. Unit 2, Locust Point

443.438.4044

silo.5winebar.com

$10