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Hotel Viking Bartender Dishes Being in Maxim Magazine

Friday, January 25, 2013


Yes, that's Katrina Bowden of NBC's 30 Rock on the cover, but Newport's own Brittany Baumgardner is inside... with a killer sangria recipe.

Newport's Brittany Baumgardner is featured in the new January/February 2013 issue of Maxim Magazine, but not in the way you're thinking. The friendly and talented mixologist behind the bar at the Hotel Viking appears with her wildly popular Super Bowl Sangria recipe.

Brittany's stellar sangria mix is certainly too sweet to go unnoticed. Its delectable ingredients including fresh sliced pineapple, a bottle of red wine, a bold twist of a half a bottle of Evan Williams bourbon and three cans of ginger beer leave other sangria mixes squabbling in the dust. Brittany's personality matches well with her awesome sangria mix as she joined GoLocalProv to answer a few questions about appearing in Maxim as well as a few other drink-related questions.

How do you feel that your Superbowl Sangria has been featured in Maxim?

I was first asked to do a list of seasonal cocktails for Hotel Viking to be featured in Rhode Island Beverage Journal. When someone from Maxim saw the drinks and asked if I would like to come up with a list of Super Bowl punches, I said yes of course because I absolutely love football! Although, I was hoping we would be celebrating our Patriots going to the Super Bowl by the time this article came out. Oh well, there's always next year, and many more cocktails to be made.

Have you been treated differently since you were featured in Maxim, such as people mentioning the article to you, more guys hitting on you, or other forms of attention?

Maxim-approved mixologist Brittany Baumgardner.

It's pretty cool when people ask me about it because Maxim is such a well-known magazine. I can't say that I've  really received any "special" attention though. Although, I have been getting a lot more friend requests on Facebook!

What are a few of your other favorite drinks to get a winter party started?

I love to go with a lot of classics during the winter time such as A Nutty Irishman, A Peppermint Patty, and Hot Toddy made with Bookers Bourbon.  The Hot Toddy made with Bookers Bourbon is definitely my favorite. This year I made a delicious Gingerbread Martini for holiday parties that I shared with my family and friends, so that drink choice is certainly up there too.

What other Hotel Viking cocktail do you think deserves recognition?

We try to constantly come up with new cocktails at Hotel Viking. If you're at our bar, you will most likely see us trying to come up with something new. I will say that the one cocktail that seems to top the list every time, especially in the summer at our roof top bar, is the Blue Cucumber. It's different and very refreshing. We make it with blueberry and citron vodka, homemade cucumber juice, fresh squeezed lime juice, Sprite, and it is garnished with blueberries.

If you were a cocktail, what kind would you be and why?

This is a tough one, I love to drink so many different things! I guess if I had to be anything, it would be Grand Marnier. Just neat, plain and simple. That's my go-to.


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