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Burning Sands: Mixes Greek mastic tree liqueur with carrot and lime juices. “Where Andes hid his cloud-wreath’d crest in snow, and roots his base on burning sands below, Cinchona, fairest of Peruvian maids, to health’s bright goddess in the breezy glades.” (Image: Jai Williams)
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This Baltimore bar's botany-based drink menu is a romantic ode to Mother Nature

Baltimore's Bluebird Cocktail Room’s new spring cocktail menu is an homage to part two of Erasmus Darwin's poem "The Botanical Garden: The Loves of the Plants" in which he romanticizes the invaluable system of botany. Eighteen imaginative cocktails are based in plant, floral and herbal ingredients.

The new menu--which launched March 20 with 18 cocktails--is inspired by the bar’s two great loves, according to co-owner Paul Benkert: great literature and the world of botany. The 105-seat space, after all, is named for Charles Bukowski’s poem “Bluebird.”

Click through our gallery to see the drinks and learn more about the inspiration behind each.

*Not pictured in the gallery: Sooth the Sultry ($16): Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Busnel Calvados,Yellow Chartreuse, Sugarcane

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