Drink to That: Cocktail Blogger Names Drink the,"Manassas Park"

A trip through Manassas Park resulted in a drink named in its honor.

If rush hour traffic on Route 28 in Manassas Park is driving you to drink, then  try a Manassas Park, a gin-based cocktail recently named after the small city. 

Clarence Yoder, a writer for the blog, A History of Drinking, was traveling through Manassas Park one day in March and was inspired to name a drink after the city, Gregory Priebe the creator of the blog, said in an email.

“I don’t live in Manassas Park, but I would drink a Manassas Park,” Yoder wrote in a March 27 post.

The name is a spin on the name of another, more popular drink, the Central Park, Priebe said.

"The drink itself is a variant of the established "Central Park" (a very Bloody-Mary-like drink, with a few tweaks) cocktail, developed when we were reviewing the Martin Miller Gin product line for our site,” he said. “Given the different flavor profile of the Martin Miller Gin, it was decided that this version of the drink warranted its own name.”

The writer was driving through the city and the name stuck, Priebe said.

Ready to try a Manassas Park?

2 ounces Martin Miller Gin
3 drops of vanilla extract
4 ounces tomato juice
1 ounces lime juice
pinch of cayenne pepper

Shake together and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with cherry tomato. —A History of Drinking

Richard Smith April 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I write for that website also. Thanks for the coverage. Any other name suggestions for cocktails that we can create?
Mary Stachyra Lopez April 05, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Centreville residents would love a drink called "The Centreville!" :)
Jamie M. Rogers (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
The Centreville! The Centreville! Or how about just "da Ville" lol!
Mary Stachyra Lopez April 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Or how about "The Centrevillain"? :)
Richard Smith April 05, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Wow. I will talk to Greg (or Yoder) and see what we can work out. Yoder is in Fairfax County. The site itself is based out of Harford County, MD.
Jamie M. Rogers (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I like the Centrevillain. It has to be a really diabolical drink because of the, "villain" in the title. Like a 100 proof something. Of course, my definition of diabolical is probably lame. The first, and only, time I had a Manhattan, I was completely buzzed. (I'm a light-weight.) That was also when I discovered I hate vermouth.
Richard Smith April 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
That's OK. I write for a cocktail site and barely drink. But Rum is sort of yummy.
Greg Priebe April 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Alright, I'm on it! I'll try to get a recipe for the Centrevillian, etc. after the Easter weekend. Maybe we'll have to have a vote for the "official" name! :) -Greg Priebe A History of Drinking
Richard Smith April 05, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Do we need http://centreville.patch.com/ involved in this?
Mary Stachyra Lopez April 05, 2012 at 09:24 PM
We absolutely need Centreville Patch involved in this. Luckily, I know the editor, and she's definitely interested in writing a story...and perhaps conducting some "research" by trying it out, too! Kidding aside, I'm the Centreville editor, and we'd love to run something about our namesake drink! Can't have Manassas Park getting all the glory, now can we? :)
Richard Smith April 05, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Maybe we should involve the Patch editors for our next tasting event?


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