One of the gifts I received this Christmas was the book: The United States of Cocktails by Brian Bartels. This book has a chapter for each state where is gives interesting information about each state in relation to their cocktail culture and history along with recipes for a couple cocktails the state is known for. I have decided to “visit” one state each week during 2021 with this book and try out at least one of their cocktails. The first state I will be visiting is Maryland since this is my home state.
The first cocktail on our Maryland visit is the Orange Crush. This cocktail was invented in 1995 at the Harborside Bar & Grill in Ocean City, Maryland.
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 2 ounces fresh orange juice
- 2 ounces lemon-lime soda
- Garnish: orange wedge
Stir ingredients with ice in chilled pint glass. Garnish with orange wedge.
Black Eyed Susan
The second Maryland cocktail is the Black Eyed Susan. This is the official drink of the Preakness Stakes horse race.
- 1 oz Bourbon
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz peach schnapps
- 2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 oz sweet and sour mix
- Garnish: cheery and an orange slice
Shake ingredients in a mixing tin with ice. Strain and pour over crushed ice.