Variations on the Baltimore Zoo Cocktail
The Baltimore Zoo cocktail is neither caged up in rules nor a strict recipe, and you can easily make a few swaps or adjustments as you see fit.
- Experiment with liquor proportions by using additional amaretto, less gin, or extra vodka with less rum until you find a ratio or recipe that you like best.
- Be sure to opt for a beer that isn't too strong or that will overpower the flavor of the ingredients.
- You can use homemade or store-bought sweet-and-sour mix instead of citrus juices combined with the simple syrup.
- Skip the simple syrup to cut the sweetness of the drink.
Zest up your cocktail with any of these suggestions.
- Any citrus garnish, including a lime, orange, or grapefruit wheel, makes for an excellent garnish.
- Pierce several cherries on a cocktail skewer.
- Add a pineapple leaf or a pineapple wedge for a fruity touch.
- Layer several garnishes together, such as an orange wheel with a cherry on a skewer beside a pineapple leaf.
The History of the Baltimore Zoo Cocktail
The Baltimore Zoo cocktail resides in the same family as the unforgettable, or maybe forgettable, boozy Long Island Iced Tea and the adios mother. The actual Baltimore Zoo is not the inspiration for the contents of the drink. Lore says Purdue University, located a mere 640 miles away, is the source of this outlandish cocktail. It makes sense that college students would be the ones to craft such a potent cocktail rather than a family-friendly zoo.
A Beast of a Drink
Make no mistake, the Baltimore Zoo cocktail is a child of the 1990s cocktail era, like the lemon drop or the chilled-blue Long Island iced tea. With a long list of familiar suspects, this is one drink that you'll want to treat with a little respect. If you're the daring type, there's another mult-booze cocktail you should try - the walk me down drink. Just don't walk yourself down the same day you visit the Baltimore Zoo. Capisce?