Fleeting Last Call with Justin Carr
Last week, as I was venturing through the city exploring all the different types of cuisine and libations Baltimore has to offer I came across Fleet Street Kitchen. Falling victim to the allure of all the food and drinks I had encountered through my long work day, I decided to stop in for a little bit of business and a bite to eat. Upon entering Fleet Street Kitchen, I was greeted by Justin Carr, Fleet Street’s lead bartender. We got to talking, and despite it being only 30 minutes away from close, Justin was amazing enough to engage in a cocktail session with me that highlighted some of the incredible drinks Justin had developed for Fleet Street Kitchen’s menu. Justin has been the working as the lead bartender at Fleet Street Kitchen since February this year, but that’s nothing new for him. He has been a lead bartender for the Bagby Restaurant Group, which includes restaurants such as Bagby Pizza Co, TEN TEN American Bistro, Fleet Street Kitchen, and Cunningham’s for over 2 years. As a member of Baltimore’s Bartenders guild Justin takes his craft seriously pouring energy and passion into each concoction, clearly demonstrated in his presentation and in depth knowledge he shared with us about our drinks.
The fall Fleet Street Kitchen cocktail menu is full of classic cocktails inspired by Carr, each bringing a bit of Justin’s own twist to bring out some great flavors and fall feelings! Justin Started us out with his favorite cocktail, the “Let Me Down Easy”, crafted with Rye whisky and Bonal Gentiane Quina liqueur (an aperitif that has things in common with both Amari and Sweet Vermouth). Justin then made an in house infused burnt-lemon scotch to add some warmth to the cocktail adding
a touch of chamomile, then stirred all of the ingredients to perfection. The “Let Me Down Easy” had warm vanilla bean accents that truly warmed your bones on a chilly night.
Another one of Justin’s delightful concoctions is the Au Pear. Justin begins by making a golden pear syrup which he mixes and shakes with Honeybush vodka, Americano (a fortified wine similar to Dry Vermouth or Lillet), and a bit of lemon. Capitalizing on what’s fresh and in season, Justin is able to craft a well-balanced, thoughtfully easy drinking cocktail, that includes sweet
To say the least, Justin has built himself a wonderful reputation for anyone seeking well balanced classic cocktails with a refreshing a twist. His ability to bring such unsuspecting qualities to drinking staples truly imbues his guest with the same passion he holds for cocktails. We are very honored to have been able to learn so much from Justin and are excited to announce him as our first Bartender of the Week!