At Baltimore’s B&O Brasserie – a perfect Ramos Fizz

Ramos Gin Fizz, B&O Brasserie
Ramos Gin Fizz, B&O Brasserie

Never discount the value of Orange Flower Water in a vintage cocktail. Used with care it can be as subtle or as potent as bitters.

And, never discount a property that leads-off their website with:

B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore: Welcome Aboard—Welcome, travelers, to the gilded days of the American railroad. A time when service was sincere. Quality was never in question. And those who journeyed by rail enjoyed an uncomplicated elegance.

The B&O’s bartenders and servers understand the idea of well crafted cocktails, how to create them with care—they know their way around presenting a great drink. After my first glass was nearly empty the server came by, pointed to it, and said, “Would you to make that less empty for you?”

I couldn’t get the B&O’s chief mixologist, Brendan Dorr, to give me a master lesson in Ramos Fizz making, so I’ve posed an instructional video from  Chris McMillian in New Orleans. Enjoy.


By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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