It's prime winter time and we here at b are always on the lookout for cocktails that conjure images of curling clenched hands around a mug, fire blazing and scarf draped upon neck — something that'll let you pretend we're actually having a winter here in Baltimore even when it's 56 degrees out in January.
And while optimally the quintessential winter drink may come in a mug, sometimes you can find such a thing in a cocktail glass with fancy garnishes, much like Bradley's of Fells Point's aptly titled drink, Snowed In.
Snowed In is interesting to say the least. It's a cold drink that actually warms you from within, boasting a combination of Bulleit rye, Tuaca, Grand Marnier and OJ with orange bitters and eggnog (of all things) on top. The result is almost like a Creamsicle, but not overly sweet by any stretch.
The eggnog thickens the concoction as you're sipping it, always buffering the otherwise powerful mixture of alcoholic ingredients beneath it. But if you're not in the market for a Creamsicle, Snowed In comes with options.
Bar manager Brad Strickler explains: "If you wanted to go a little college, the eggnog top fits the bill. More adult, minus the eggnog. Even more adult, minus the orange juice." While I sampled the "College" version of the drink, the thought of that amount of liquors mixed together without anything to soften the blow piqued my interest, not necessarily my liver's. It certainly would put hair on your chest.
So if you're in the market for a deceptively stiff drink that requires slow sipping, Snowed In is a proper choice. And if you're in the market for some extra chest hair, try it sans nog and orange juice — and get your razor handy.
How to make the Snowed In
1 1/2 oz. Bulleit rye whiskey
1/2 oz. Tuaca
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
1 oz. orange juice
4 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6
Eggnog to top
Combine all ingredients except eggnog in a mixing glass with ice, stir until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Float crushed ice on top to color, float eggnog on top of ice. Garnish with orange twist.
Where to get the Snowed In
Bradley's of Fells Point
1703 Aliceanna St., Fells Point