Popular drinks at city's popular bars


July 07, 2005|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,SUN STAFF

It's a hot summer Saturday and you're standing in a packed club, parched and sweaty, in a bar line three rows deep. Sick of waiting for a cool one, you muscle your way up to the front, flag down the bartender with a fistful of cash, and realize you have no idea what you want. It has to be liquor. It has to taste yummy. And it has to be ice cold but look red hot.

Do you ask for the drink list and wait 15 more minutes for refreshment? No, you need it now!

You panic and order a Red Bull and vodka.


This doesn't have to happen anymore. Here's a list of the three most popular mixed drinks at some of the city's most popular bars and clubs. Most of them are special martinis, served only at that particular place, but there are a couple of exceptions, such as a different take on the classic cosmopolitan and the chocolate martini. So arm yourself -- if there was ever an excuse for mixed drink ignorance, it's gone.

Mosaic Lounge in Power Plant Live

34 Market Place

1. Strawberry Rain martini: Strawberry Smirnoff Twist, triple sec, sour mix and a splash of Sprite

2. Mosaic Nectar martini: Belle de Brillet pear cognac, sour mix and soda

3. Asian Fixation martini: Ciroc grape vodka, lychee juice and vodka

-- L.G. Concannon, general manager

13th Floor

1 E. Chase St., 410-347-0888

1. Chocolate martini: Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, Grand Mariner, Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Cream, vanilla vodka and a little cream

2. Cosmopolitan: orange liqueur, orange vodka, lime juice, cranberry juice and a splash of pineapple juice

3. Lucky 13 martini: a layered drink with orange vodka, Blue Curacao, sour mix and pineapple juice. After it's poured out, they drop in Chambord raspberry liqueur, which turns the bottom of the glass purple and the top blue

-- Stephanie Kuzma, bartender

Red Maple

930 N. Charles St., 410-547-0149

1. The Socialite martini: Stoli vodka, pear juice, Triple Sec and garnished with slice of Asian pear

2. Green Plum martini: vodka, green plum juice and a splash of lime juice

3. Pomarita, a kind of margarita served in a rocks glass: tequila, triple sec, pomegranate juice, a splash of lime and a sugar rim

-- Leonard Clarke, managing partner

Tusk in the Brass Elephant

924 N. Charles St., 410-547-8485

1. Chocolate martini: Godiva chocolate liqueur, Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Cream, Stoli Razz, Dark Creme de Cocoa and cream

2. Cosmopolitan: fresh-squeezed lime juice, Cointreau, Absolut Citron and a dash of cranberry juice

3. Scooby Snack martini: Midori melon liqueur, pineapple juice and cream

-- Cliff Lavender, bartender


300 E. Saratoga St., 410-230-0049

1. Earth martini: Godiva chocolate liqueur, Grey Goose, swirls of Hershey's chocolate syrup and a Hershey's kiss

2. Fire martini: Hanger One Mandarin Blossom, Triple Sec and cranberry juice

3. Water martini: Grey Goose and Hypnotic liqueur

-- Matt Bukowski, general manager

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