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The Summer of Drinking Patriotically

Ever wanted to get a nice, patriotic buzz going just like the Founding Fathers intended? Even after Independence Day, you can celebrate with these tantalizing libations.

Fritchie Firecracker

Exclusive at Hootch and Banter for a limited time only:

    • Ingredients:
      • Nolet’s gin
      • Mint Simple Syrup
      • Fresh Lemon Juice
      • Soda Water
      • Peychaud’s bitters
      • Fresh Blueberries

Patriotic Sangria

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 bottles of your favorite dry white wine
    • 1 bottle of your Favorite champagne
    • Strawberries (or raspberries)
    • Blueberries
    • Granny smith apple
    • Star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Directions
    • Combine wine and champagne into a large pitcher. Add in sliced strawberries and whole blueberries.
    • Cut the granny smith apple in half and then cut into flat slices around ¼ inch thick . Use the star-shaped cookie cutter to punch the star shapes into the slices.

Red, White, and Blue Slushie

  • Ingredients
    • 4 oz Strawberry Daiquiri Mix
    • 4 oz PIna Colada Mix
    • 1 oz Rum
    • 1 oz Triple Sec
    • 2 oz Blue Curacao
    • Ice
  • Instructions
    • In a blender, add Strawberry Daiquiri Mix, 1 cup ice, triple sec and 1 ounce of rum. Blend until smooth and pour into a glass. Rinse the blender so there is no color transfer.
    • Repeat the blending process with Pina Colada Mix, 1 cup ice, and 1 ounce of rum. Pour or spoon on top of the first red layer.
    • Once more, in the blender, add 1 cup ice, and 2 ounces of blue curacao. Pour or spoon carefully onto the white layer.

Red and Blue Fireworks Martini

  • Ingredients for Blue:
    • 2 oz. gin
    • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
    • 2 oz pineapple juice
    • Ice cubes
  • Ingredients for Red:
    • 2 oz. vodka
    • 1 oz. apple schnapps
    • 2 oz. cranberry juice
    • Ice cubes
  • Instructions:
    • Wet the rim of the martini glasses and roll in either red or blue Pop Rocks.
    • Mix all of the ingredients in a shaker and pour over ice.

Red, White, and Blue Jello Shots

  • Ingredients:
    • 6-oz package strawberry Jell-O
    • 6-oz package berry blue Jell-O
    • 3 cups of vodka (plain or flavored)
    • 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
    • Cherries with stems (optional)
  • Instructions
    • Combine berry blue Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir. Add 1.5 cups of vodka. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your shot glasses 1/3 of the way. Place in the fridge to set for 60-90 minutes.
    • Combine 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin and 1.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir until the gelatin has dissolved. Mix in sweetened condensed milk. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your shot glasses 2/3 of the way. Place in the fridge to set for 60-90 minutes.
    • Combine strawberry Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir. Add 1.5 cups of vodka. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your shot glasses to the top. Add in a cherry. Place in the fridge to set for 60-90 minutes.

Exotic Sweets Downtown

Frederick is sweet and strange! What a delectable combo!

We ran up & down Market Street and tried to find all of the exotic sweets, here’s what we found:

 

The Candy Kitchen

Chicken Feet Gummies

Popular with children and chicken-foot enthusiasts alike

Habanera Chocolates

For those who find heat is appropriate with all dishes

Sriracha Jelly Beans

Look an awful lot like cherry jelly beans…are we right?

 

Zoe’s Chocolates

Sesame Tahini Crunch Truffles

Yes, like in hummus. Yes, eat some.

Gold Chocolate Bars

For those of us that are fancy on the inside.

Cakes to Die For

Maple Bacon Biscuits

Actually…sounds wonderful and perfect. Can we have like…30?

 The Pop Shop

Grass Soda

Nothing like the flavor of a freshly mowed lawn.

Buffalo Wing & Ranch Dressing Soda

A classic pairing, fit for a Queen.

The Perfect Truffle

Old Bay Caramels

MARYLAND.CLASSIC. Actually, nothing weird here.

Hibiscus Truffles

Flower + Chocolate = Yes please!

 

Frederick Fudge Co.

Watermelon Fudge

A yummy deviation from your traditional chocolate fudge.

Playdough Ice Cream

Freakin’ delicious.

 

Em(paw)ees: White Collar, Blue Collar, Dog Collar.

Has your life led you to the tragic, unfortunate circumstance of NOT having a dog? Not to worry, these businesses give an invaluable gift–the gift of pettins, snugglins and cuddles with adorable canine employees.

Frederick Supply

Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Mickey and I was rescued/adopted 2 years ago and my dad asked if I wanted to go to work. I did so well that he kept asking me to come. I rarely miss a day of work unless it rains, its cold, or I find something better to do. I am the official greeter, closer and  safety mascot. I take issue with mascot and prefer to call myself a model. I have favorite customers and I am a little embarrassed by that. I am the brains of the operation and people frequently stop in and ask for me, as they should.

Who is your role model?

Sgt Daphne Jean-Felix (pictured) of the US Army (Fort  Detrick). I respect all military and first responders and I love when they come in. Sgt Jean-Felix and I are friends at work, on Facebook and on Instagram. I send him messages telling him I am stronger and faster than him – we haven’t had that contest yet.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I am the CEO – Chief Eating Officer

Greeting, modeling, eating, napping, repeat!

My ridiculous good looks.

My professional courtesy at all times.

I close the sale!

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

Walking away from a coworkers unattended lunch (I have never walked away, I can’t resist!).

The cute beagle next door.

Not being more famous, but this will help!

My height.

 

Viniferous

Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Riley, I live at Viniferous.

Who is your role model?

The little rascals dog “Petey”

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I am a really good greeter and mingler

What is your greatest professional weakness?

I love treats! Sometimes I can get cranky when on a leash, and I can be impatient with smaller dogs.

 

Pulse Publishing

Tell me a little about yourself:

I’m an 8 month old yorkie named Miss. ZuZu Petals. I’m a professional people watcher and employee relations manager. You can often say hi to me in the window of 12 South Market.

Who is your role model?

Charity because she is always outside the Federated Charity building, even in the rain! What dedication! ( but she never seems excited to see me)

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I can remain calm under pressure and I never bark at the UPS guy. I have a really long tongue so I can lick my coworker’s faces!

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

I’m flawless.

 

Dragon Distillery


Gunny (Bulldog)

Tell me a little about yourself:

I’m a four-year old English Bulldog who is responsible for overseeing our distillery tours – and keeping the futon warm. I really enjoy meeting people.

Who is your role model?

I’m a bulldog. We don’t have role models, We ARE role models.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I’d have to say, my amazingly good looks and my award winning smile.

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

Probably my lack of a tail (I lost it when I was young). So it’s harder for people to see how happy I am to see them.

Thor (Morkie)

Tell me a little about yourself:

I’m an eight-year old Morkie. I’m basically in charge of everything here at the distillery – but my official title is Tasting Room Manager.  I generally stay behind the bar ensuring the staff is friendly and responsive to our guests needs. I can to this from my perch on the chair behind the bar.

Who is your role model?

I’d guess Lassie – if he was smaller, smarter, faster, and cuter.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

Oh – that’s easy – my hypo-allergenic coat

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

I’d have to say it’s the fact that I’m too cute – sometimes I’m not taken seriously.

 

Hunting Creek

Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Maizey, I’m a tri color English setter, specifically a Llewellyn Setter, I was born deaf and just turned 4 yrs old. I come to work at Hunting Creek Outfitters nearly every day.  I’m excited to meet new people, especially kids and have some favorite dog friends who visit me too. I love to run, eat and sleep, not necessarily in that order.

Who is your role model?

I would say my role model would be any professional competitive eater.  The thought that I could be rewarded for eating crazy amounts of food seems like a dream come true. In the meantime, I have mapped out the best people and places to give me treats.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I feel like I’m an ambassador to Downtown Frederick, I’m very good at greeting people and having my picture taken with them.  There is no doubt my good looks attract humans to my store but my skills go well behind just being beautiful.   I posses a quality that brings a calmness to those I meet. If someone is having a bad day they can stop in and see me and it helps them feel better. I’m also good at remaining perfectly still, being a throw rug, a pillow for kids, blocking the doorway and holding the sidewalk down from moving.

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

I sneak out of the store when Murray or Brian are not looking and go down the street to the Muse and Molly’s Meanderings for treats. I’m pretty nosey and have a tendency to stick my nose in people’s bags, purses and strollers and have even snatched a cookie or two out of an unsuspecting kid’s hand.  Murray tells me I’m good at getting people in the store but need to work on my closing the sale skills.

 

Frederick Coin Exchange

Tell me a little about yourself:

I’m Charlie and I love Frederick! Tim, my walker, and I have a great time exploring Frederick every day…..visiting friends, checking in with the nice people at the South Market Street Sandwich Store, touring the canal, Baker Park, saying hi to the ducks….there is a lot to do in Frederick!

Who is your role model?

The great people who thought to put the bowls of fresh water outside of businesses because it can get very hot in the summer when you are wearing a fur coat. Also, the businesses that have biscuits and treats available as sometimes I need a little energy boost along the way. They really thought of everything.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I am pawsitively proud that I have been working since I was 4 months old and have never missed a day of work!  I spent 6 happy years at the coin shop on Market Street and enjoying people watching as I hung out on my couch by the window. It took me a while to get used to the shop’s new location on East Street in Everedy Square but there is a lot more room and lots of people watching.  The shop’s customers are the best……….I can always count on them for needed hug, pets,or treats!  My colleagues treat me as an equal and always include me in celebrations which I really appreciate. I’m sure they have something planned for my 8th birthday on July 4th (hint, hint)

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

My greatest professional weakness is that I don’t have a thumb and I don’t have a pocket.  It seems to me that having a thumb and a pocket  (with a cell phone in it)  would make me a lot more independent and a whole new world could open up……..opening cabinets and doors, calling friends, ordering pizza, finding out what the other shop dogs are up to,…..the possibilities are endless!

*Remember, always ask to pet a dog before you get your snuggle on*