Back in my undergrad days at Truman State University (although then it was called Northeast Missouri State University) one of my favorite local bars was TP's Office. At TP's the specialty house drink was a Baltimore Zoo--a Long Island Iced Tea type of drink with a twist. Although these types of drinks are often high in alcohol and low in quality (designed to deliver maximum intoxication for minimum money, perfect for any college student wanting a budget buzz), I feel a certain nostalgia for this fruity, high-octane beverage. A few weeks ago my college roommate came over for dinner and she reminded me of the Baltimore Zoos we would consume with reckless abandon. This walk down memory lane prompted me to recreate this beverage with some premium ingredients designed to appeal to my more sophisticated adult palate. By using these higher quality liquors and mixers, the drink retains it's fun, fruity, racy appeal, yet avoids turning into a barely-palatable ticket to hangover city. I give you, Judy's Premium Baltimore Zoo...
Judy's Premium Baltimore Zoo
1 oz G'vigne gin
1 oz Mount Gay white rum
1 oz Lazaronni amaretto
1 oz Southern Comfort
1 oz Luxardo Triplum
1 oz any decent vodka
1 oz homemade sweet and sour (lemon, orange, lime juice with simple syrup)
1 oz Fee Bros grenadine
1 oz Bud Select
Shake everything minus the beer in a shaker with ice. Strain into tall glass over ice. Add beer and stir. Garnish with a lemon slice, cherry (preferably not those soulless bright red ones in a jar, but a frozen, pitted dark cherry from Trader Joe's would do nicely), and a colorful bendy straw.
Cheers! ~Dr. Cocktation
Cocktails + Libations = Cocktations
If you are wondering what a cocktation is, yours is a valid question. Cocktation is in fact a made-up word that tumbled from my mouth one day when I was trying to say the word concoction. That nifty little neologism was the seed idea for this blog, and here we both are today.