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No matter what the outcome of today’s historic election, we can all agree on one thing: if ever there was a day for a strong drink, this is it. On Election Day 2020, the BmoreArt team decided to offer you a story that is useful, timely, and markedly less heavy than the burning republic that is right outside our door. After you pat yourself on the back for voting—by mail, absentee ballot, or in person—it is time for a first-rate cocktail, one that not only soothes your pain but puts the past few years into context.

2020 began with the unsuccessful impeachment of an individual in a position of power; he remains in the Oval Office pacing, tweeting, spewing vitriol, and generating mass hysteria. He emboldens racists. He is a proponent of injustice, and our current hellscape and the botched response to the pandemic can be directly traced back to this orange man. My usage of the word “surreal” in 2020 has been usurped by my usage of the word “hellscape.” And so far, I don’t see any sign that this will change, so perhaps a mixed drink is a good idea right now.

Since the start of the pandemic, each month I have asserted a desire to be alcohol-free for a few weeks, and every month something drives me to drink. Mid-October, I proclaimed a “Sober November” and a friend immediately said, “You can’t be sober on Election Day.” Damn, she was right. 

I have been struggling to be productive these past two weeks. I’ve been forgetting more than usual. I’m lethargic, I’m stressed, and I’m afraid that, with the possibility of mail-in ballots not being counted immediately (or some not being counted at all), Election Day malaise will carry through a few days or far longer. I do have hope that we will all make it through eventually, as we have been doing this past couple of months and the past few years under this administration. A progressive movement is building and it’s a marathon, not a sprint. We must endure and cope as best as we can.

I voted and now I am focusing my attention on the phenomenal people who can get me through today and beyond: a selection of bartenders, artisans, and business owners from Baltimore bars and restaurants. Bartenders are so often our replacement therapists and listening ears and I miss the camaraderie of these special spaces. I asked each of them to share two drink recipes to help us deal with democracy—one if Joe Biden is elected President and a different one if our current president remains in power. 

Cheers! Take care of yourselves. Drink a lot of water and Pedialyte in preparation for the inordinate amount of drinking so many of us are bound to do tonight.

 

 

Remody Celeste
IG: @itsremody | @311westmadisonave
Facebook: Remody Celeste | 311 West Madison Ave

Where do you work?

Partner/Coordinator at 311 West Madison, 311 W. Madison St. Baltimore, MD 21201, in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.

Does your bar/restaurant have any election night plans?

Our election “watch party” will be coupled with our weekly “Tewsday Moves” (a play on Baltimore’s accent): Industry night happy hour, sounds by DJ Sovthpaw and DJ-Sun, raffle tickets, food and drink specials. We will be showing the election.

What is your favorite spirit?

My favorite spirit is currently gin. Never thought I’d get to my gin days as it always seemed like a mature spirit but here I am loving it. Hendricks preferably but I also really enjoy a barrel-aged brown gin.

What is your favorite Baltimore bar/place to get drinks besides where you work?

My favorite spot in Baltimore to snag a drink would have to be Dutch Courage with their beautifully crafted gin cocktails, but more times than any I make my way over to Mount Royal Tavern (Dirt Church) for the infamous and most gracious spirit pours 😉

How has your restaurant or bar adapted for Covid times?

Covid has been pretty challenging for most of us in the industry, however, the local support from our regulars has gone unmatched. Fortunately, our Tavern has huge bay windows and outdoor seating for social-distance service and separate dining space for the safety of our bartenders. We offer carryout and pickup for food and cocktails. We require masks to be worn, hand sanitizer is provided, and we had a slight change in our hours of operation.

What is the number one thing that you are looking forward to in 2021?

In 2021, I’m looking forward to seeing the innovation forced from COVID evolve into useful, sustainable, leisurely, comfortable, reliable new ways of lifestyle in dining. For instance, moving into a more outdoor-friendly experience that works for all seasons. More importantly, I look forward to having a positive turn in the leadership of our nation. Someone who can move us forward for the better.

If you could write in anyone famous, living or dead, who would you want to be president?

If I could put anyone living or dead in office, it would have to be Nikola Tesla. He lit up the world once and could probably vision a way to do it again. Founded with like minds, it would possibly work out in favor of humanity and nations abroad.

How can BmoreArt readers support you and where you work? 

Local and recommended support is highly appreciated. All are welcome as our space rings true to diversity, arts, culture, and a creative atmosphere. You may find a who’s who or few vibing out at our establishment. Come by Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-until. Hope to see you all soon!

Drinks:

If Biden wins: “311 Cocktail”
1 part Cognac
.75 sweet vermouth
3 dashes orange bitters
Splash brown sugar simple
Top with ginger beer
Cherry garnish

If Trump wins: “Fuck”
Tequila neat because that’s all I’ll be pouring and saying that night.

 

 

 

Bryan Reinhold
IG: @invaderbryan
Twitter: @invaderbryan

Where do you work?

Dutch Courage, a neighborhood gin bar in Charles Village.

Does your bar/restaurant have any election night plans?

Our bar doesn’t have any TVs but some of our regulars have already made plans to drink through the pain with us while awaiting the results. 

What is your favorite spirit?

Sugarcane-based spirits. Rum, Cachaça, etc!

What is your favorite Baltimore bar/place to get drinks besides where you work?

In all honesty, the Mount Royal Tavern. After a night of slinging cocktails or working the floor nonstop, nothing beats the fattest, cheapest Campari soda in the city and the craziness that can ensue there as the night goes on.

How has your restaurant or bar adapted for Covid times?

We opened in late December 2019 as a straightforward cocktail bar with plans to open a back patio for more seating come spring. Now we only seat outdoors and we’ve expanded our food menu massively. Last but not least, we opened a bottle shop inside where guests can find all of our cocktails, beer, wine, and spirits. 

What is the number one thing that you are looking forward to in 2021?

I’m not optimistic that it will actually happen, but I’ve got tickets for My Chemical Romance’s reunion tour in September. Fingers crossed.

If you could write in anyone famous, living or dead, who would you want to be president?

Assata Shakur all the way!

How can BmoreArt readers support you and where you work? 

Come to Dutch Courage obviously, but also reach out to me directly if you need help building a menu or an art assistant.

Drinks:

For both candidates: “Trial by Fire”
1.5 oz. Mezcal Joven (Illegal)
.5 oz. Dark Overproof Rum (Plantation OFTD or Lemonhart 151)
.75 oz. Passion fruit purée
.75 oz. Orange juice

Add chili tincture or hot sauce to taste. Shake and dump directly into your glass of choice. Best enjoyed with torched or grated cinnamon!

 

 

Maximo Guerra
IG: @silversn0ws | @goodneighborshop

Where do you work?

Good Neighbor, working events and doing research and development. COVID gave me the opportunity to work with Good Neighbor to begin with—they signed me on to work their outdoor summertime Chaat Hour, and I’m developing a selection for them of cocktails-to-go.

Does your bar/restaurant have any election night plans? 

No.

What is your favorite spirit?

General spirit-y thing: vermouth/fortified wines. Actual spirit: if you’re holding me to one, eau-de-vie.

What is your favorite Baltimore bar/place to get drinks besides where you work? 

The Back Yard in Hollins Market, Pillion Tea in Midtown-Belvedere. Special mention to dearly departed Pen & Quill.

How has your restaurant or bar adapted for Covid times?

Not offering indoor dining, requiring masks in all indoor spaces, preparing all food and drink exclusively to go (feel free to enjoy on the beautiful outdoor deck!), restricting the number of guests indoors.

What is the number one thing that you are looking forward to in 2021?

I’m not trying to get too far ahead of myself here. I guess I’m looking forward to Euro 2021, if it happens.

If you could write in anyone famous, living or dead, who would you want to be president?

Woof. Jacinda Ardern? Maybe?

How can BmoreArt readers support you & where you work?

Contact your local representative to advocate for folks in service industries. Come by the shop to pick up a copy of BmoreArt, get some coffee and home goods, and brighten up your space with flora from Greenhouse @ Good Neighbor.

 

Drinks:

If Biden wins: “Verte Chaud” (Spiked Hot Chocolate)
Pour between .75oz and 1oz Green Chartreuse into a preheated mug.

Fill the rest of the mug with homemade hot chocolate—skip the Swiss Miss. This works really well with spicier preparations.

Whip 3-4 oz. of heavy cream with a heavy tablespoon of sugar, and some ground nutmeg and ground clove. Use it to top the hot chocolate. Or just eat it. Because whipped cream is great.

If Trump wins: “Absinthe Drip”
*This often uses a piece of equipment called a brouilleur: basically an ice water dripper. Bazaar in Hampden sometimes carries them. To prepare an absinthe without one, make some lightly sweetened ice water. Dissolve a teaspoon of sugar or a sugar cube per 4 oz. of water, then add ice.

1 oz Absinthe (I recommend Maryland’s own Tenth Ward Absinthe Nouvelle, or La Clandestine absinthe from Switzerland)

– Add the sugared ice water to taste, and watch science happen before your eyes. 

– Use 1-2 oz. of the ice water with Tenth Ward absinthe or 3-5 oz. with La Clandestine.

 

 

Tyler DiMarco
IG: @tylervdimarco | @dutchcourageginbar

Where do you work?

I’m the Bar Manager at Dutch Courage.

Does your bar/restaurant have any election night plans? 

No, we’re offering a quiet space to get away from the election night stress.

What is your favorite spirit?

My favorite spirit is rum. I actually started a Baltimore-based rum tasting club called the Baltimore Cane Society. Hit me up for details!

What is your favorite Baltimore bar/place to get drinks besides where you work? 

Anywhere that my friends are working that night. The bartender makes the bar.

How has your restaurant or bar adapted for Covid times?

We’ve converted the indoor space into a bottle shop where guests can purchase beer, wine, and spirits at retail pricing. We’ve covered the outdoor space with a huge canvas tent and are setting up space heaters for the cold weather. Dutch Courage is committed to only seating outdoors, as transmission of COVID is much more prevalent indoors.

What is the number one thing that you are looking forward to in 2021?

My wife and I are expecting our first child in March!

If you could write in anyone famous, living or dead, who would you want to be president?

Robocop. He is programmed for justice and is literally incorruptible. 

How can BmoreArt readers support you & where you work?

Come by Dutch Courage for some wonderful food and drinks! We also have a cocktail club subscription if you prefer to drink at home. Find out more at dutchcouragebar.com

Drinks: 

If Trump wins: “Swamp Thing”
Gin Mare, Avuá Cachaça Prata, toasted sesame-washed Fino sherry, bergamot, matcha, lemon, shiso bitters, pineapple oleo saccharum. 

If Biden wins: “Painkiller”
A classic tropical cure with Pusser’s British Navy Rum, unsweetened pineapple, cream of coconut, and orange juice topped with freshly grated nutmeg, baking spices, and mint.

 

Images courtesy of the bartenders.

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