Reason #496 to Love Maryland: Everclear

everclear.jpg You can get a lot of things in Virginia and in DC, but one thing you can’t get is Everclear. It’s 190 proof, highly flammable, and only available in Maryland. So, as I was out on a client visit anyhow, I stopped by a liquor store on the way home and picked up a full handle of the stuff. Now, before you call out for an intervention, or send the Alcoholics’ Anonymous SWAT team to my house, I’ve got good reason to need the stuff: Limoncello. We’re making a big batch for New Years’ this year, and that’s the primary ingredient, beside the 15 lemons.

It may force you to head outside the district, Wayan, but getting the good liquors requires a trip outside the District, as VA and DC tend not to sell the really good stuff in their state-run operations.

12 Comments so far

  1. Culocho (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    You sure? I used to buy it at Dixie Liquors in Georgetown about 3 years ago.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    I went to a couple spots in DC, with no luck, assumed it was illegal like in VA…

  3. tom (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it in Barrel House liquors.

  4. Brock (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

    Just make sure you don’t have a guest appearance on The View.

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 12:45 pm


  6. Don (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

    I think he is referring to this.

    “During the broadcast, DeVito, 62, slurred his words, told rambling stories and at one point sat on Rosie O’Donnell’s lap. After admitting he’d been out with Clooney all night, he told the show’s co-hosts with a wry smile, “I knew it was the last seven limoncellos that was going to get me.””

  7. rosemary (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

    Oh Everclear. I’ve never been able to spot it in MoCo liquor stores, but I’ve always seen it in HoCo. (Then again, I dislike MoCo’s stores.)

    Limoncello is awesome, but I’ve never made it myself (drank a shitload of it in Italy and bought some to bring back). Might have to give it a try and bring it back to my school for Pangea Week.

  8. Red (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

    I tried Limoncello at a friends and it was thick, pale yellow and very yummy, I’ve made some recently using vodka but it’s not thick. I’m nervous to try it.
    In my recipe I had to use a rind tool whereas your recipe looks much easier. I’ve saved your recipe so I can try that one too!

  9. Mike M out of town (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

    I saw Everclear served in a VA bar a few years back. The rules might’ve changed since then or for all I know the bar was breaking them.

    But maybe it’s just that you’re more likely to find it in Maryland because living in Maryland makes you need the really hard stuff all that much more?

  10. do it sober (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 1:01 am

    that’s the good stuff alright :-)

  11. Don (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 10:45 pm

    How’s that limoncello stewing? Nice yellow color yet?

    I’m particularly interested in trying this recipe with some limes or oranges. I’m going to be very interested to hear how this turns out…

  12. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 11:56 am

    The yellow set in during the first 24 hours, which amazed me! We’ll see it again tonight after three days in the Everclear. Should be interesting!

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