Bullshot recalls past

SIPS

Other retro drinks are in

perhaps this one will follow

September 11, 2002|By Sara Engram | Sara Engram,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Ihave a friend who likes to test bartenders by requesting a bullshot. It's a drink she recalls her elders drinking when she was a child - a drink that reminds her of genteel meals with favorite aunts and uncles, or at least members of an older generation she would happily claim as aunts or uncles.

Those leisurely times were often luncheons, brunches or other occasions when a Bloody Mary would be in order.

Rather than tomato juice, the bullshot uses beef bouillon. The result is described by one connoisseur as a "beefy" drink. Like the venerable Bloody Mary, it offers a bit of nourishment and, for some, a dose of nostalgia.

Nostalgia is in these days. Cosmopolitans are in and martinis are back big time, albeit with some variations that bear little resemblance to gin or vodka with a hint of vermouth and an olive or twist of lemon.

"I've noticed a lot more traditional drinks coming back, which is nice. I like that a lot," says Patrick McCormick, bartender at the Explorer's Lounge in Harbor Court Hotel. But McCormick has yet to get an order for a bullshot.

Pat Gambo of the Peppermill Restaurant on York Road in Lutherville says she hasn't seen a bullshot served since the 1970s.

The story is the same at other bars in town.

My friend remains undeterred. She plans to keep ordering bullshots - in part, she says, to keep bartenders on their toes, and in part to help preserve a drink worth sipping for its own sake.

Bullshot

Serves 1

2 ounces vodka

4 ounces beef bouillon

1 dash Tabasco sauce

black pepper and salt

1 dash Worcestershire

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a highball glass over crushed ice.

- www.cocktailtimes.com

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