Great Baltimore cocktails: The Hope Floats at Maryland Live Casino

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Komen has partnered with Maryland Live Casino for a cocktail that is sweet and charitable: the Hope Floats.

Make the world a better place by drinking and gambling? Sign me up.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in case you missed those bright pink cleats on Torrey Smith or the bubblegum-colored ribbons adorning any number of consumer products for sale. Recently, this monthlong campaign has come under fire for using laughter and fun to promote their fundraising efforts.

But that's a bunch of nonsense. Why not take every opportunity to be relentlessly optimistic in the fight against cancer? This Sunday marks the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley. In an effort to broaden support and to reach a wider audience, Komen has partnered with Maryland Live Casino to offer a special cocktail that is both sweet and charitable: the Hope Floats.

Yes, the Hope Floats is, you guessed it, pink. Get over the girly aspect and enjoy the Hurricane-style punch it packs.

A heavy pour of Malibu rum is mixed with Sierra Mist and cranberry, then topped with a float (get it?) of grenadine. The drink — a nod to the New Orleans favorite Hurricane — is served over ice in a Hurricane glass that you get to keep.

Normally, I'm not a fan of Hurricanes because of the syrupy, oversaturated combination of light and dark rums with orange juice. But the Hope Floats picks up the best part of the recipe — the fruitiness — and leaves out the weight. Literally, the best stuff rises to the top. As it should. The cranberry and grenadine are a match of tart and sweet that play nicely off the coconut-infused Malibu.

You could make one of these at home fairly easily. But the really great part about this is the dollar donation you're making when you buy one of these babies, which are available now through Sunday at the casino's floor bars (R-Bar and Rams Head Center Stage).

"We're calling [the sponsorship] 'Live! for the Ladies,'" said Robert Norton, the casino's president and general manager.

Well, that beats "Save the Tatas."

But no matter the cause, drinking for charity is a win-win in my book. So go ahead: Think and drink pink.

How to Make The Hope Floats

1 1/2 oz. Malibu rum

Equal parts Sierra Mist and cranberry juice

Mix all ingredients over ice in a Hurricane glass. Finish with a float of grenadine on top.

Where to Get The Hope Floats

Maryland Live Casino

7002 Arundel Mills Circle #7777, Hanover



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