Baltimore Inspired NYE Cocktails

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If you love sparkles and bubbly as much as we do, then you’re really excited that tonight is New Year’s Eve. We love the nostalgia of New Year’s Eve — recalling all the wonderful events over the last year that brought us to this moment, sipping drinks with our besties and, of course, snogging our baes at midnight.

Ring in 2016 the way every good Tomahawk should – with a killer toast over a stiff drink! These Baltimore inspired cocktails can be whipped up in no time, and feature some of our favorite local distilleries and breweries.

 

If You Like Beer from Union Craft Brewing

We’re obsessed with the rich, velvety texture of UCB’s Snow Pants Oatmeal Stout — a deliciously dark, full bodied, malted ale with an 8% abv (heeyyyy!). Pair this winter perfect beer with another NYE staple – champagne! – for the best Black Velvet you’ve ever had.

 

Black Velvet

5 oz. Champagne

5 oz. Union Craft Brewing Snow Pants Oatmeal Stout

Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir. Voila!


 

If You Like Mead from Charm City Meadworks

Mead is a honey-based, cold pressed delicacy made right here in Baltimore, under the careful watch of the brew masters at Charm City Meadworks. A bit of a beer, wine and whiskey hybrid in the production process, mead is first fermented, then barrel oak aged, filtered and, finally, infused with fresh fruits, herbs and spices. And fun fact! The term “honeymoon” originated from the term “mead moon,” concerning a tradition in which newlyweds on their wedding night were given enough mead to last them a full lunar cycle in hopes that the aphrodisiac would help them produce a son.

If you told us there was a better drink to share with your beau at midnight than this nectar of the gods, we wouldn’t believe you!

 

Honeycomber

1 ½ oz. Light Rum
½ oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Sour Mix
Shaker of Mead
Shake with ice & strain into martini glass with sugared rim & lime


 

If You Like Sloop Betty Vodka from Blackwater Distilling

“Dangerously smooth” is how Blackwater describes their award winning (and organic) Sloop Betty vodka. Funnily enough, that’s also how we’d describe our dance moves after a few spent copper mugs on a crowded dance floor. Blackwater has the distinction of being Maryland’s oldest craft distillery, and such honor deserves a handsome drink – of equal status – to accompany it to your New Year’s Eve dance.

This Moscow Mule recipe is simple enough to let the A-grade vodka take center stage. Here’s hoping our skirts twirl as seductively as Betty’s tonight.

 

Moscow Mule

1 1/2 oz. Blackwater Distilling Sloop Betty Vodka

1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Ginger Beer

Lime Wedges, for garnish

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DIY: Homemade Berger Cookies

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Bring Baltimore to your Swap with Homemade Berger Cookies!

Berger Cookies have been a Baltimore staple as long as we can remember. That’s why, earlier this year, when we heard word that the FDA may ban further production due to new legislation about commercial use of trans fats (eek!) we were crushed, to say the least.

That is, until we found this incredible dupe recipe from the fine folks at King Arthur Flower. And dare we say– they may be even better than the originial?

We’ll let you decide the final verdict on that last note. Whip up a batch of homemade Berger cookies using this recipe here and bring them to your holiday cookie swap — and let us know what you think!

 

Shopping list

Cookies

Icing

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (1 ounce) light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (6 ounces) heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

 

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  • To make the cookies: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, salt, vanilla, and baking powder.
  • Beat in the sugar, then the egg.
  • Add the flour to the wet ingredients alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Do this gently; there’s no need to beat the batter.
  • Using a spoon or a tablespoon cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. The balls of dough should be about 1 1/4″ in diameter. Flatten each mound of dough to a circle about 1 ½” across; wet your fingers or a knife, or grease the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup to do this. Leave 2″; to 2 1/2″ between each cookie, for expansion.
  • Bake the cookies for about 10 to 11 minutes, or until they?re a mottled brown on the bottom (carefully tilt one up to look), but not colored on top. You may see the barest hint of browning around the edges, but these cookies are supposed to be soft and cake-like, so don’t over-bake them. Remove the cookies from the oven, and let them cool righton the pan as you make the frosting.
  • To make the icing: Place the chocolate chips, corn syrup, vanilla, and cream into a large microwave-safe bowl, or into a large saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture until it’s very hot; the cream will start to form bubbles. Remove from the heat, and stir until smooth.
  • Beat in the confectioners’ sugar. Let cool to warm room temperature while you make the cookies.
  • Dip the top of each cookie into the warm icing; swirl the cookie around to really give it a good coating. Set the cookies back on the baking sheet.
  • Spread the remaining icing evenly atop the cookies. If it’s too soft and flows off the cookies, let it set a bit, until it’s firmer. It’ll feel like you’re piling on a lot of icing; that?s precisely the point! Allow it to set, then store the cookies airtight in a single layer. Keep at room temperature for several days; or freeze for longer storage.
  • Yield: 20 to 21 medium (3″) cookies.
  • Allow the icing to set, then store the cookies airtight in a single layer. Keep at room temperature for several days; or freeze for longer storage.

 

Recipe and Images for homemade Berger cookies courtesy of King Arthur Flower.

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All The Fixin’s: Our Favorite MD Inspired Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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If there are two things we love around these parts, it’s Maryland, and eating! What better way to give thanks to this great state than to gather its essence around the Thanksgiving dinner table, and feast on its bounty?

See below for some incredible recipes we dug up (compliments of food authorities far more tenured than we), and give one or two or three of these a try this weekend. We promise you’ll love the taste just as much as you love sharing the history of the dishes with your loved ones.

 

Chesapeake Bay Sausage and Crab Stuffing from Delish (oh, my, god.)

Sauerkraut with Gin and Caraway from Bon Appetit (a very MD side dish)

Smoked Oyster and Andoullie Dressing from Southern Living (if your palate prefers oysters to crabs)

Old Bay Pumpkin Seeds by Chow Hound (would add great crunch to a salad or casserole)

Cheddar Corn Spoon Bread by Martha Stewart (a nod to our southern roots)

And for dessert?

Berger Cookie Pie by Nothing in the House (because, obviously.)

 

Bonus: Have family visiting from out of town? Welcome them to the table by making a traditional dish from their home state! The New York Times rounds up famous state side-dishes in their The United States of Thanksgiving post.

 

Have any must-eat MD recipes that we left out? Send us a note at info@tomahawkdesignco.com and we’ll add it to the list! Bon appetite, Tomahawks!

 

Help Us #designforgood This Thanksgiving

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Help us Raise Money for Moveable Feast!

We’ve been thinking a lot about “home” lately. Specifically, how lucky we are to have one. With full heat, a full fridge and a full Netflix queue. We are incredibly (no hashtag) blessed to have our homes, our families and our health.

There are thousands of Maryland families struggling to meet those basic needs. Families facing poverty, and illness, or both. Our heart breaks trying to understand the isolation, poverty and desperation that is a daily reality for Marylanders with HIV, Breast Cancer and other terminal illnesses.

We’re thankful to have learned about Moveable Feast, a Baltimore-based organization working to supply HIV and cancer patients with nutritious meals. Their mission is simple, and crystal clear: FEED people, FIGHT disease, FOSTER hope. A cause we’re humbled to further.

This month we will be donating a portion of all our shop proceeds to Moveable Feast, to help fill their community pantry with healthy meals. We’d love for you to join us by contributing—in whichever way makes sense to you. See below for a list of ways you can help.

• Shop Tomahawk Every item sold on our Etsy shop this month helps to feed the terminally ill. 

• Volunteer with Us Join us for a trip to volunteer at the Moveable Feast community kitchen! Your hands can help prepare meals to save lives. Email info@tomahawkdesignco.com for information on our visit.

•Donate Directly A $35 donation to Moveable Feast is all it takes to feed nutritious meals to one of their clients for a whole week. You can find an address to send your donations here.

 

Thanks Maryland, we knew we could count on you!

For All the MD-Lovin’ Mamas

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Spring has finally sprung here in Baltimore, and we are excited to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th, and we can’t wait—we love celebrating our favorite ladies in our lives with brunch, some fresh flowers, and maybe a mimosa or two.

Below, we wanted to introduce you to some of the best “moms” in the lives of the Tomahawk team. Then, keep reading to learn about how we want to help you celebrate the Mom in your life this year!

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The Best Friend Mama

“My mom is one of my best friends! There is nothing better than being able to vent over a glass of wine with your mama and know that no matter what—through the many ups and downs of life—she will always be there for you.”

– Jill

cristina

New Mamas

“I’m lucky enough to know a number of close friends and family that have recently become (or are about to become!) new mamas! Nothing is sweeter than seeing a new baby loving on their mama – and getting to love on them, too!”

– Raquel

allison

Pet Mama

“Shout out to the little guy that made me a Mom – a pet Mom, that is. Raising Ace has been a great reminder to thank my Mom for all she did for me – feeding me, making sure I had water, and cleaning up after me – all great aspects of motherhood (it’s all the same in puppy-motherhood, but with fewer “Thank you”’s and more (very) wet kisses!).”

– Allison

tara

Long Distance Mama

“Despite re-locating to North Carolina about 8 years ago, my Mom remains a tried and true Marylander! Berger cookies, Orioles, Ravens, Black-Eyed Susans, Old Bay….they are all a few of her very favorite things.”

– Tara

We want to see the moms in your life, and to help you celebrate them on May 10th! Join in our contest to win a Maryland-themed gift for your MD-Loving-Mama.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 (literally):

1. Follow us on Instagram @tomahawkdesignco

2. Tag us in a photo of you and your favorite MD-loving Mom (or if you are a mother and you love Maryland, share that, too!)

3. Tell  us why your Mom loves Maryland, and use the hashtag #momsloveMD

The winner will be announced on May 2nd and we will contact them to make sure the basket of goodies (shown below!) makes its way to you by the Big Day.

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A Mallet Whackin’ Good Time

No matter where you live in this great country (unless you’re in Southern California!), it’s pretty much a given that you’ve been experiencing the same cold snap that we have here in Charm City.  While we’re all about cuddling up next to the fire with a blanket and a glass of wine (or two), we’ve mostly been spending our days dreaming of the coming warmth.

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Here in MD, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a classic Chesapeake Crab Feast! We’ve come up with a list for the perfect feast with friends and family – here’s what you’ll need:

1. Set the date – Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day…Any day is a good crab feast day!

2. Guest list – Invite your crustacean loving friends

3. Crab paper – You’ll want to protect your picnic table from the delicious mess – we may be biased, but think that our new paper is perfect!

4. Old Bay (We never leave home without it!)

5. Crab mallets

6. Serrated knives

7. Paper towels

8. Side dishes – Might we suggest burgers, potato salad or corn on the cob?

9. Maryland Blue Crabs (estimate 6 per person)

10. Ice-cold beer – We’ll leave this selection up to you!

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We recommend making this a full-day event – start around 2 and enjoy the festivities late into that long summer night—everyone loves wrapping up cool evenings with a bonfire. Now get to pickin’ and enjoy!

Cheers!
– J

P.S. Don’t forget to check back in our shop next month to order your crab paper, mallets and more for your feast this summer: just add crabs (and beer).