Bottoms Up

On many occasions now, I've enjoyed the sake oyster shooter at Hank's Oyster Bar. The tall shot, a festive meal starter that combines sake with bloody mary mix, often conceals a surprising number of oysters (it's like they just keep sliding down...).

The shooter has been so popular that chef Jamie Leeds created three more choices, all of which sound mighty tasty.

The Tanqueray gin shooter is infused with fresh mint and cucumber, and the vodka shooter, made with Tanqueray Sterling, is infused with shiso and pickled ginger and topped with cracked black pepper. The tequila shooter combines Jose Cuervo Gold and fresh lemon juice (ok, maybe that one sounds a little hardcore). Maryland Blue Point oysters are used in each of the new shooters.

The shooters cost $4, or you can order a flight of all four for $15.

You can add a little more alcohol to your meal (order the fried clams to soak some of it up) with two new cocktails the bar is pouring. A spin on the Dark and Stormy brings together Gosling's ginger-infused dark rum, pineapple nectar and ginger beer in a martini glass garnished with ginger candy ($11). In the Maker's Julep, Maker's Mark Bourbon, roasted cane syrup, muddled fresh mint and lemon juice are mixed and served on the rocks with a sprig of mint ($10).