For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Before Prohibition, WWI and WWII, Maryland was one of the largest producers of rye in the country," says bartender Aaron Joseph of Bookmakers. “Therefore, a cocktail inspired by the Baltimore Ravens can only be rye-based. As an added bonus, I use rye from a Maryland company, Sagamore Spirit. Baltimore is affectionately called Charm City, built on the hard work of blue-collar workers and tough love, which is the same way our football team competes every week. The purple color of the cocktail ties into the team colors of purple and black, too.”
- 1 1/2 oz Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey
- 1/2 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
- 3/4 oz Blackberry mint syrup*
- 10 Mint leaves
- 3 oz Ginger beer
- Garnish: Mint sprig
- Garnish: 3 skewered blackberries
Add all of the ingredients except the ginger beer to a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for 25 seconds.
Double-strain into a highball glass filled with ice, and top off with the ginger beer.
Garnish with a mint sprig and three blackberries.
*Blackberry mint syrup: Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add 1.5 cups of blackberries, and muddle the berries into the syrup. Add 2 cups of mint leaves and stir. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours, and strain into a jar. Keeps in the refrigerator for 1 month.