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Summer Shot Recipes: Part 2

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

summer shotsYou’ve probably already started to hear commercials about fall on TV and the radio – but we’re not ready to let go of summer just yet! There’s still a whole month left before the days start to cool off and college kicks off again. Why not enjoy the last few weeks of summer without worrying about the fact that fall is just around the corner? We’ve got just the thing to keep your mind in summer mode: more summery shots! The end of summer is a great time to throw fun parties and spend a few more days by the pool with friends, drink in hand and sun overhead!

Fun Summer Shots (or drinks)

  • Blue Hawaii – Nothing says summer like the idea of palm trees and tropical blue waters. This shot is a tribute to all that is summer

o   1 part vodka

o   1 part rum

o   1 part blue curacao

o   Splash sour mix

o   Pineapple juice

o   To make: Mix the first 3 ingredients together in a shaker over ice. Shake and pour into glasses. Top with pineapple juice and a cherry for garnish.

  • Bomb Pop Shot – Just because the Fourth of July has passed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy patriotic shots. These are fun to layer.

o   1 part lemon lime soda

o   1 part lemon vodka

o   2 parts blue curacao

o   2 parts grenadine

o   To make: Mix sprite and vodka together in shaker over ice. Pour into glass. Use a spoon to carefully layer the blue curacao on top of the sprite/vodka layer. Pour grenadine in along the side of the shot glass (careful not to mix it) to get a waterfall effect. The grenadine should sink to the bottom of the glass.

  • Orange Creamscicle Shot – If you’re a fan of orange crush (or the classic orange creamscicle ice cream treat), you’ll love this shot.

o   1 part vanilla flavored vodka

o   ½ part triple sec

o   2 parts orange juice

o   2 parts half and half

o   To make: This one is pretty simple. Mix all ingredients in a shaker over ice, shake, and pour!

Enjoy the rest of your summer with some of these awesome summer shots or come into CVP and ask your bartender to make you their favorite summery shot. Everyone has a specialty or a favorite. Charles Village Pub is located at 19 w. Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need or you can give us a call at 410.821.8155

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Sources: Answers, Kitchen Whisperer, Intoxicologist

Happy Piña Colada Day from CVP Towson

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

pina colada daySummer is characterized by cold drinks, baseball, and crabs here in Maryland. Frozen drinks are one of the best options when it comes to 100+ degree days, though, and what better frozen drink to sip on than the piña colada? The pineapple, coconut, whipped cream flavor combination is refreshing and intoxicating (literally, if you add some rum). Did you know that July 10 is National Piña Colada Day here in the States? If you ever needed an excuse to drink a piña colada or two, today is the perfect day for it.

History of the piña colada
As with just about any food or alcoholic beverage, the roots of this frozen concoction have been debated for years, but the oldest tale goes all the way back to a pirate (surprise, surprise). Supposedly the Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí was the first to introduce piña coladas to the world. In order to boost morale among his crew, he decided to serve them drinks with the supplies that were readily available: coconut, pineapple juice, and white rum. From there, the drink became incredibly popular and became the official drink of Puerto Rico in 1978. Now, on to the fun part.

Piña Colada Recipes

  • Strawberry Soda Colada

o   1 ½ parts strawberry colada

o   1 ½ parts pineapple juice

o   Club soda

o   Mix strawberry colada liquor and pineapple juice together. Top with club soda and garnish with pineapple and a cherry. It’s a twist on the original, but you still get the classic piña colada taste undercurrent.

  • Classic Frozen Piña Colada

o   ½ cup white rum

o   ½ cup coconut cream

o   ½ cup coconut milk

o   ¼ cup pineapple chunks

o   Pineapple slices for garnish

o   Maraschino Cherries for garnish

o   Whipped cream for garnish

o   You’ll need a blender to get the frozen colada feel. Fill the blender up halfway with ice. Add the first 4 ingredients and blend, preferably on puree speed. Pour into glasses and garnish with pineapple, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. Mmmm.

  • Banana Colada

o   ½ part banana

o   2 parts coconut rum

o   2 parts pineapple juice

o   2 parts coconut milk

o   2 tspn coconut cream

o   Mix all ingredients in shaker over ice, shake well, and serve. Use strawberries, pineapple slices, or bananas for garnish.

Come and celebrate National Piña Colada day at CVP! It’s a great way to cool down, watch the Os game, and enjoy some great bar food. Grab your designated driver and come out to CVP to hang out with your favorite bartenders. We look forward to seeing you there! If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need or you can give us a call at 410.821.8155

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Sources: InStyle, Cocktail Guru, Food Network

Celebrate Fourth of July in Towson

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

towson fourth of july paradeRemembering the people who have fought for our independence is important to the people of Towson and Baltimore County in general. We recognize that our military men and women are the ones who continue to fight for our freedom and our rights to enjoy American independence. In order to salute those who have bravely served, the city of Towson puts on a 4th of July parade. This parade has been celebrating those who fight day in and day out to help us maintain our way of life. We’d like to invite you out to celebrate this day with the Towson community!

When: The parade starts at 10:30 AM. You are more than welcome to get there early to secure a good spot to watch the parade and enjoy the best of what Towson has to offer. The parade is scheduled to end at 12:30.

Where: The parade begins at Bosley and Burke Avenues. The route will take the parade up Bosley Avenue, right on to Allegheny, right again on to Washington Avenue, and a final right on Towsontown Blvd to end back at Bosley and Burke. If you set up anywhere along those roads, you should have a good view!

Parking: Street parking is available and the municipal parking garages will be free. Parking will be available in the Towson Commons garage as well.

If you’re looking for fireworks in the evening, don’t worry. Towson has that going on too. Loch Raven Technical Academy will be shooting off fireworks in the evening at around dusk. The show promises to be a very good one and will make for a fun, patriotic night! We’ll be open all day on the Fourth, too, so don’t forget to come celebrate with CVP Towson as well. Join us for some classic American hot wings and our extended happy hour from 3-9. Drop in for lunch after the parade or dinner before you head out to see the fireworks! We’ll be happy to have you afterwards as well to hang out with DJ Buddah!

Grab your designated driver and come out to CVP to hang out with your favorite bartenders. We look forward to seeing you there! If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need or you can give us a call at 410.821.8155

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Source: Towson Parade, Baltimore County

Patriotic Drinks for Your 4th of July Party

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

4th of july drinksSummer is officially in full swing. The days are long, the nights are fun, and the 4th of July is just around the corner. For most Americans, Independence Day means cookouts at the grill and knocking back some fun, American inspired drinks. There’s no better way to celebrate with friends and family than to spend a fun day outdoors sipping cold drinks and eating crab cakes (well, for us Marylanders, anyway). We’ve got some great American inspired cocktail recipes to make your 4th of July party explosive.

Grown Up Lemonade – Nothing says an American summer like a lemonade stand. These cups may cost you a little bit more than 25 cents, though. You can make these in big batches to make your whole party happy!

  • What you’ll need: 1 cup sugar, 8 1/3 cups water, 4 lemons (juiced), vodka, ice
  • How to make it: Combine sugar and the 1/3 cup water in a saucepan. Heat on medium and bring to a boil until the sugar mixture is clear and becomes a syrup. Remove this from the stove and let it cool. Add syrup, the rest of the water, lemon juice, and vodka (up to you on the amount) into a pitcher. Pour over ice.

The Blue Orchard – This one is a little bit easier to make and is great for those who love the crisp taste of hard apple cider. Probably better to make these in singles rather than big batches.

  • What you’ll need: 1 ½ oz blueberry schnapps, 1 ½ oz blue curacao, a bottle of your favorite hard cider
  • How to make it: Add the first two ingredients to a glass over ice, add the hard cider, and stir.

Strawberry Sparkler – Everyone loves sparklers, and with this drink, they’re not just for kids anymore. The strawberry sparkler will appeal to your taste buds as well as your more playful side! This is a great one to drink while the fireworks are going off.

  • What you’ll need – 6 oz. silver tequila, 2 oz. strawberry schnapps, 1 bottle rose champagne, 4 oz. limeade, 1 pint strawberries, 2 tbsp. sugar, 1 wedged lime
  • How to make it – Prepare the strawberries by cleaning, quartering, and freezing them. Once they’re frozen, place three quarters at the bottom of a champagne flute or wine glass. Add the champagne to that glass and combine the rest of the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and add to the champagne glass – this will give you about 10 glasses.

Enjoy your Fourth with some fun libations! You’ll need somewhere to go when the fireworks end. Grab your designated driver and come out to CVP to hang out with your favorite bartenders and DJ Buddah. We look forward to seeing you there! If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need or you can give us a call at 410.821.8155

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Sources: Cosmopolitan, Food Network

Summer Shot Recipes

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

summer shot recipesIf you’re like most, you prefer to spend your summer laying by the pool with friends, soaking up some summer sun, and knocking back a drink or too. Summer drinks are some of the most fun because there are so many different options for them – frozen, cold, on the rocks, SHOTS – the drink selection is endless. Summer shots are fun to make and even more fun to take. We’ve compiled a list of some great classic shots as well as a few innovative ones that we think you’ll really like to take to every pool party you go to this summer!

Classic Summer Shots

  • Lemon drop – This recipe is about as classic as it gets for summer parties and nights out. It’s pretty simple, too!
    -1 part vodka
    -1 part lemon juice
    -1 sugar cube / loose sugar
    -Make a sugar rim on the outside of the shot glass. Pour vodka and lemon juice into a shaker over ice. Shake well, place sugar cube or loose sugar in the bottom of the shot glass, pour in liquid, and throw it back!
  • Washington Apple – If you like to go out to drink, you’ve almost definitely come across a Washington Apple once or twice. It goes down smooth and tastes delicious.
    -1 part cranberry juice
    -1 part Canadian whiskey
    -1 part sour apple pucker
    -splash lemon lime soda
    -Pour all ingredients (except lemon lime soda) into shaker over ice. Shake well, pour in shot glass, add splash of soda.
  • Fourth of July – This is generally made as a shooter and is a little bit more involved, since it requires layering.
    -1 part grenadine
    -1 part peach schnapps
    -1 part blue curacao
    -Pour grenadine on bottom of shot glass. Using a spoon, layer peach schnapps on top of the grenadine, and blue curacao on top of that.

Less Traditional

  • Barbie shot – This is great for those who love fruity drinks and shots.
    -1 part vodka
    -1 part cranberry juice
    -1 part coconut rum
    -1 part orange juice
    -Shake over ice, pour, enjoy.
  • Penalty shot – If you’re in the spirit of The World Cup, this one’s for you.
    -1 part blue curacao
    -1 part melon liqueur
    -1 part triple sec
    -Simple enough, once again. Pour over ice in a shaker and serve.

All of these shots are great to try at home, but if you’re looking for a fun night out, come see us at CVP to try any one of these shots from one of our amazing bartenders. Start the summer off right with some refreshing shots and a good night with friends at your local Towson bar. Charles Village Pub is located at 19 w. Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need or you can give us a call at 410.821.8155

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Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/26-great-shot-recipes-z-next-party-98670.html?cat=22

Our Maryland Blue Crab

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

blue crab dishes at CVPThere are a lot of traditions when it comes to living in Baltimore. Residents of Baltimore take pride in their heritage and traditions and there’s no doubt everyone will enjoy a summer tradition in the upcoming months; eating steamed crabs. The people of Baltimore love to feast on the state’s official crustacean, but how much do we really know about the Maryland Blue Crab?

The Maryland Blue Crab, scientific name as Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, was discovered in 1896 by scientist Mary Jane Rathbun. It was declared the official State Crustacean in 1989. Coincidentally, its scientific name translates to “beautiful swimmer that is savory”, which many residents can vouch that it is, indeed, savory. The average life span of a Maryland Blue Crab as of October 2000 is about 2 to 3 years. Blue crabs are believed to have a life span of about 8 years, but harvesting and the conditions of the Chesapeake Bay prevent them from living that long. Blue crab harvesting takes place at different times of the day during different months of the year. For full crabbing regulations, click here.

In Crisfield, Somerset County, there is a National Hard Crab Derby and Fair that takes place every Labor Day weekend. The fair includes a crab feast, cooking contests, and a crab picking contest. Out of town guests who enter through Baltimore-Washington International Airport can see the state’s pride by the stained-glass blue crab on display on the upper level.

When you visit Charles Village Pub & Patio, you can expect the pride of the Maryland Blue Crab to live in our menu. We incorporate this state tradition with items like:

  1. Bay Burger- One of our delicious burgers topped with imperial sauce, cheddar cheese, and a mini jumbo lump crab cake.
  2. Chicken Chesapeake- Stacked on top of a brioche roll you will find grilled chicken, crab cake, imperial sauce, lettuce, and tomato.
  3. The Waterman Club- A classic club styled sandwich with shrimp salad and a jumbo lump crab cake.

To enjoy a part of Maryland’s history, stop in today to enjoy one of our crab favorites! Conveniently located in the heart of Towson, CVP is open daily with hours from 11am to 2am; our kitchen is constantly pumping out delicious crab entrees to suit every Baltimore residents’ crab cravings.

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Best Summer Cocktails at CVP

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Summer 2014 cocktailsSummer 2014 is around the corner and that means enjoying summer cocktails during a nice summer night. When you and your friends need a way to cool off from the summer heat, head to CVP and enjoy some refreshing summer cocktails. Whether you are in the mood for something light and refreshing or something fruity and fun, we are sure to have a summer cocktail that will please any palate!

You can choose from one of our many specialty drinks to get your party started. Some of our favorites include:

  1. Maryland Mary– Rimmed with Old Bay®, this drink is made with our homemade Bloody Mary mix and Finlandia Vodka.
  2. CVPeach Crush– Includes Peach Schnapps and Bacardi Peach Red and incorporates muddled peaches and fresh squeezed orange juice.
  3. Blueberry Lemonade– Lemonade, muddled blueberries, and Pinnacle Blueberry Vodka.
  4. All American– A layered combination of Strawberry Daiquiri, Blue Hawaiian, and Pina Colada.

You can also ask your favorite bartender to make you one of these delicious concoctions:

  1. Orange Splash– Orange juice, lime juice, citrus vodka, Triple Sec
  2. White Wine Sangria– white wine, peaches, strawberries
  3. Pomegranate Daiquiri– Light rum, cranberry liquor, pomegranate juice, lime juice
  4. Watermelon Martini– Lemonade, 7-Up, Triple sec, watermelon pucker, Ketel One Citroen
  5. Cherry Smash– Dark rum, lime juice, sugar, cherries, cherry seltzer

 

No matter what mood you have walking in, CVP is sure to have the perfect summer cocktail to have you feeling great in no time. Our summer cocktails can be paired with a number of our entrees to guarantee your summers 2014 nights out are some of the most memorable.

At Charles Village Pub & Patio, we specialize in food and drinks that will make summer 2014 one to remember. Located in the heart of Towson, CVP is the place to go for great summer drinks, delicious food, and enjoyable entertainment to fulfill all of your summer needs. We are open daily from 11am to 2am with our kitchen closing at 1:30am. We can’t wait to see you here!

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