In that spirit, we’ve pulled together a list of six events happening this weekend — and a corresponding drink we think might pair well with each. Cheers, Baltimore!
A lemon stick at Flower Mart
There is no spring tradition quite like Flower Mart, the historic Mount Vernon festival of flowers, and no drink more perfect to sip as you walk around smelling the roses than the lemon stick.
The non-alcoholic “quasi-popsicle,” as Sun reporter Hallie Miller calls it, “consists of a peppermint stick wedged inside half of a lemon.”
The festival, which also includes vendors, workshops, lectures and other family-friendly activities, runs Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Mount Vernon Place.
A hand-crafted cocktail at the Lord Baltimore Skybar *after* the Tattoo Arts Convention
The 12th Annual Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention this weekend will bring 900 tattoo artists to the Baltimore Convention Center downtown, where attendees can get inked up on site and meet celebrities from “Black Ink” and “Tattoo Nightmares.”
The event will feature food vendors — including crab cakes — and Convention Center concessions. But drinking and tattoos are a recipe for disaster, so the best move might be to head over afterward to the Lord Baltimore Hotel, whose Skybar — one of the only rooftop bars in the city — just opened for the season.
The Skybar on the 19th floor serves up hand-crafted cocktails and a menu of light bites. The tattoo convention hours are Friday 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets to the convention cost $20 per day or $40 for a three-day pass. Children under 12 are free.
A mint julep during the Kentucky Derby
Sugar. Water. Mint. Cracked — not cubed or crushed — ice. Bourbon.
The Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race begins with opening ceremonies outside the American Visionary Art Museum at 9:30 a.m., heads into the water at 11:15 a.m. at Canton Waterfront Park and winds its way to an obstacle course at Patterson Park around 1:15 p.m. before ending back at the Visionary Arts Museum between 3:30 and 6 p.m.
The race runs rain or shine, and even if you’re not piloting one of the “amphibious, human powered works of art,” as the race organizers call the racing sculptures, you’ll need some energy to keep up.
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With temperatures expected to be in the upper 70s, grab an iced coffee.
A margarita for Cinco de Mayo
For those raising a toast to Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, Baltimore’s Mexican restaurants will be serving up margaritas all day.
Barcocina in Fells Point will offer outdoor music, an outside bar, and food and drink specials, including margaritas. Clavel, the popular taqueria and mezcaleria in Remington, and Blue Agave, a Mexican restaurant in Federal Hill, are two of the city’s other most popular spots for tacos and tequila. You could also can try Papi’s Tacos, which formally opened its new location in Hampden this week with specialty margaritas “locas” like the Rita En Fuego, made with house jalapeno-infused tequila or the the Papi Grande — a 20 ounce “Cadillac” marg’ with organic house sour mix, Grand Marnier and a personal sized bottle of Camerena silver tequila.