Magical Cocktails

14 Aug

In the 2007 edition of Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore issue, Nasu Blanca was rated as having the best cocktails in the area. Being a connoisseur of cocktails, I arranged an evening of drinks with Lola, Muffy, and Lush. The restaurant is in a cute little house in Federal Hill on Fort Ave., the bar is tiny. Sadly, the prices of the cocktails are not as small as the cocktail menu. We were there for serious business: to try Baltimore’s best cocktails. We ordered the Shiso Fine and the Gin & Juice Martini.

Excellent presentation, fairly tasty, and just not quite up to par with the most wondrous cocktails of all-the ones at Ixia. After a round of drinks, we decided to stop playing games and just go to Ixia. Lord only knows why we bother going anywhere else. A few weeks ago I wrote about my profound love for the Mt. Vernon establishment. It’s a supremely wonderful and magical land: kind of like Narnia for adults.
How Ixia didn’t receive the award for Baltimore’s best cocktails is a mystery that will never be solved. Kind of like who killed Marilyn Monroe or why Tammy Faye Baker chose the make-up she did. We should send Veronica Mars in to solve the mystery, sadly, her show has been cancelled. But I digress! We ordered a delicious round of drinks, and then went over to the nitro bar. Not only was my hot bartender there, but so was the hot executive chef. They chatted us up and made divine drinks for us with their liquid nitrogen.

Seriously, why would want a plain old cocktail when you can have one that is all mystical, made with cotton candy and smokey? Come on, people?? Get with it!

I plan on seeing you all at Ixia some time really soon.

12 Responses to “Magical Cocktails”

  1. Grant Miller August 14, 2007 at 8:05 pm #

    You’ve made this too easy for me:

    There’s a “Best of Baltimore?” Is it a pamphlet?

    But I liked the line about “Narnia for adults.”

  2. Erica D. August 14, 2007 at 8:16 pm #

    My lord, those look delectable. What a fun idea: cocktail reviews in the city! You should start a whole section for that… and the pics would be fun to take.

  3. The Guv'ner August 14, 2007 at 8:23 pm #

    Whoa….one minute here.

    Cocktails made with cotton candy? Where can I get this? How come no one informed me of their existence? How come every cool, slightly debauched person I meet online is in Baltimore? Is Baltimore the secret center of the universe where it’s all going on? I thought it was all teams named after birds and Homicide: Life on the Street!

    I was just discussing with my boss that a vat of frozen margaritas under my desk would be a worthy investment. He’s “thinking about it”.

  4. oestrebunny August 14, 2007 at 8:36 pm #

    I have never in my life seen a cocktail do that before and I want one right now.

    There aren’t too many cocktail bars in Dundee. Mores the pity.

  5. pistols at dawn August 14, 2007 at 8:46 pm #

    First of all: Zing, Mr. Miller. And technically, “Best of Baltimore” is a small post-it which reads “leaving Baltimore,” but I’m quibbling.

    Guv’ner, the reason you meet a lot of people from Baltimore online is because they’re fleeing the fact that they live in/near Baltimore. Or you know a lot of people that want to live in a city but can’t afford a real one.

    I kid Baltimore – it’s got a certain charm. I’ve never found it, but others claim to have.

  6. Step Right Up August 14, 2007 at 9:17 pm #

    Cotton candy…reminded me that there was a coworker today wearing some fragrance called Pink Sugar. She made the room smell of cotton candy. Kinda made me wanna go to the fair and check out the meth heads’ mullets and awful clothing choices.

  7. Mister Underhill August 14, 2007 at 10:59 pm #

    Well, I can tell you the worst cocktails in existence are at the star trek experience.

    I ordered 4 different drinks and didn’t care to finish even one, and neither did the girl I went with. I guess it’s my fault for choosing based of of what they looked liek and the names, but still. Usually I am OK with about any cocktail, though I like to drink scotch more, or did when it did not make me sick like it does now.

  8. The Idea Of Progress August 15, 2007 at 2:07 am #

    I prefer my cocktails made with nitroglycerin, thank you.

  9. Laaw-yuhr August 15, 2007 at 3:19 am #

    Mmmm, smokey AND cotton candy? Excellent. Can you recommend any good bars in D.C.?

  10. Del-V August 15, 2007 at 11:39 am #

    Wait, wait, wait… you mean Hammerjacks didn’t win Best of Baltimore?

  11. Catherinette Singleton August 15, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    Grant Miller: It’s actually the sign over our prison.

    Erica D: I think you’re onto something here, Erica. Let me see what I can do. . .

    The Guv’ner: The public has been holding meetings behind your back. We’ve decided that we’re all going to start telling you we’re from Baltimore. There, I hope you’re happy-I’ve ruined the plan!

    Oestrebunny: It’s a beautiful sight to behold.

    Pistols at Dawn: AHAHA post-it note. That’s a good one!

    Step Right Up: Pink Sugar? Wow, that sounds Klassy.

    Mister Underhill: Wait a second here, the Star Trek Experience? What the hell is that??

    The Idea of Progress: How intriguing . . .

    Laaw-yuhr: I personally am a HUGE fan of Toledo Lounge in Adams Morgan (great martinis) and JR’s in Dupont. JR’s is a gay bar, but it’s an excellent place for seeing the sites (hot gay boys).

    Del-v: I know. It came as a shock to me. Apparently they dropped the Baltimore’s Best Bar to find a skank ho or douche bag category.

  12. dave November 16, 2007 at 10:45 pm #

    Nasu Blanca has an amazing cold sake menu and a huge selection of delicous spanish wine. They have more premium sake than anyone in baltimore.

    I’ve not had much sake, but I have seen the menu. The bar is cute but rather tiny. -CS

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