About the Author

Native Annapolitan Darin Michelle (aka DD) graduated with a BA in Fine Arts with a concentration on Graphic Design from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been working professionally as an independent graphic designer under her company, 19FIFTYTHREE, since graduating in 2005. Darin is a lover of all black Converse, funnel cake and Cherry Coke. Her two favorite adult beverages are Hendricks & tonic and Jameson & ginger.




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All Posts By Darin Gilliam

DD’s Drink of the Month: Angels and Demons

Since its opening in October 2009, Level has excelled at both seasonal, farm-to-table food and cocktail creation. With its ever-changing menu, it has become one of my personal favorite restaurants and bars in Annapolis. Outside of Level, owners the Fox Brothers (yes, they really are brothers) have definitely created a name for themselves with the […]

August 04, 2016

DD’s Drink of the Month: Coconut Crush

As I type this, I am sitting in the shaded bar attached to Pirates Cove Restaurant. A wonderful meal, sunshine, friendly staff and a flight of cocktails that scream Summer! Life ain’t that bad! General Manager Richard Whelan is our bartender today. He is kind, extremely helpful and knows his cocktails. He prepares for us […]

July 07, 2016

DD’s Drink of the Month: Bacon Bloody Mary

Location: Iron Rooster, City Dock Iron Rooster has become an Annapolis favorite since it opened in October of 2014. Located in the heart of Downtown Annapolis, with views of the City Dock, it serves as a perfect spot for all-day breakfast. Aside from their stellar homemade pop-tarts, their drinks menu is a perfect compliment to […]

May 01, 2016

DD’s Drink of the Month: Cupids Bulleit

This month we introduce a new feature to the site: DD’s Drink of the Month. Annapolis-based professional graphic designer and cocktail connoisseur Darin Gilliam will traipse about town sipping drinks for sheer enjoyment—and to share her insights with fellow cocktail lovers. In her inaugural blog, she reviews a new twist on an old classic.

March 28, 2016