Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Gin Cocktails

Baltimore Zoo

Image: Tim Nusog

The Baltimore Zoo is said to have been invented in the mid-1990s at Purdue University in Indiana, but may have been around much longer than that. Its university origin makes sense as the recipe—a Long Island Iced Tea-like cascade of six different spirits and liqueurs topped with, of all things, beer—smacks of collegiate immoderation. What makes less sense is why the high-octane cocktail is named after a popular Maryland attraction. One thing is certain: Drink too many Baltimore Zoos and you too could wind up behind bars.


  • 1/2 ounce amaretto

  • 1/2 ounce gin

  • 1/2 ounce peach liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce rum

  • 1/2 ounce triple sec

  • 1/2 ounce vodka

  • 2 ounces sweet-and-sour mix

  • 1/2 ounce grenadine

  • 1 splash beer, to top

  • Garnish: lemon wheel


  1. Add the amaretto, gin, peach liqueur, rum, triple sec, vodka, sweet-and-sour mix and grenadine into a highball glass, add ice and stir.

  2. Top with the beer.

  3. Garnish with a lemon wheel.