IN THE SPIRIT FEATURING: Nikki G. Davidson, Cocktailcrafty.com, Blogger & Photographer
I got bit by the cocktail bug after a trip to New Orleans. Afterward, I made it my mission to find great cocktails in my hometown of Baltimore. I soon decided to document my journey on Instagram, along with my own cocktail recipes. Along the way, I fell in love with photography. I soon quit my day job and set out to work as a content creator and photographer full time.
I knew immediately that I wanted to create a recipe using the Spicy Ginger Mule mix. I'm a huge fan of ginger but often ginger can be overbearing in drinks. The Spicy Ginger Mule mix has a mild flavor that plays well with others. It was the inspiration for my Rum Zinger. I wanted to play with heat that was mellow and palatable. I also wanted to incorporate black pepper. The pepper creates a bold taste that's still pleasant to sip.
I'm mostly inspired by the classics. I look at basic recipes like a daiquiri or old fashion as building blocks. I look at the original recipe and think how can I take this up a notch without going too crazy. I'm a fan of simple balanced cocktails.
Located in the food hall of RHouse is Rbar. The drinks there are fun, creative, and always delicious. I've rarely seen the bar itself empty. But there's plenty of adjacent seating, including some comfy couches.
You don't need an impressive bar to make great cocktails. It's easy to get caught up in thinking that you the most expensive spirits or an excessive number of products. We often lose sight that sometimes the best cocktails are also the simplest.
Spicy Ginger Mule Mix