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Cocktails for a Cause at the Forum Hotel helps 'fun, quirky brand' give back to community

As March comes to a close and April draws near, folks who stop by Charlottesville’s Forum Hotel this weekend have a chance to toast two different community causes.

“Cocktails for a Cause is a brand-new initiative,” Sabrina Kim, spokeswoman for the event’s marketing firm Kinship, told The Daily Progress.

There’s still time this weekend to stop by Birch & Bloom, the hotel’s modern steakhouse, and sample March’s cocktails, which are raising funds for the Women’s Initiative in Charlottesville in honor of Women’s History Month. April’s cocktails, which will be available starting Monday, will support University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.

“For every purchased cocktail, $1 will go to the local causes,” Kim said. Both libation lineups also include alcohol-free cocktail options.

Cocktails for a Cause’s March choices include the following:

Strega Nona, a blend of fennel-saffron liqueur, Uncle Nearest bourbon, the Scarlet Ibis Trinidad Rum, cold-pressed ginger, honey and lemon.Rogue Scholar, featuring aged white rum, Abricot du Roussillon, Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth, rosemary, spiced pomegranate and lemon.And the spirit-free Cherry-Chocolate-Vanilla Shrub, which gets its flavor from Morello cherries, cocoa nibs, bergamot, vanilla, orange, apple cider vinegar, demerara and soda.

In April, look for a new set of choices:

Starlight Spritz, which combines cardamom-infused blanc vermouth, verjus, orange bitters, Bohigas Cava and gold.Hazel Fashioned, with coconut-washed bourbon, hazelnut liquor, demerara and orange oil.The nonalcoholic Pineapple Shrub, combining pineapple, apple cider vinegar, rice wine vinegar, cardamom, Ceylon cinnamon, star anise, clove and club soda.And Nimbu Pani Paagal, created from lime, lemon, garam masala, kala namak and apple syrup.

Kim said the staff takes “a very holistic approach” to its cocktails and takes the time to make fresh juices to flavor them.

Fans will want to check back in May for a new lineup of Cocktails for a Cause libations to benefit Region Ten Community Services Board.

Two days remain for March Madness fans to stop by the Good Sport at the hotel. Through Sunday, if you bring in your completed NCAA tournament bracket, you can get a complimentary sample platter that includes buffalo wings, pickle chips, cheese curds, pretzel bites, chicarrones and pimento cheese. The Good Sport offers local beers and elevated bar fare.

Birch & Bloom also is serving an Easter brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, which is $65 for adults and $40 for diners ages 6 to 12. Reservations are required.

After brunch, from 2 to 3 p.m., the Easter Eggspedition at the Forum’s Arboretum offers 5 acres of Easter egg hunt activities to families. Donations will be accepted for UVa Children’s Week of Giving, and funds will help with the expansion of neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care units there. Free tickets for the event must be reserved in advance.

Kim said that Cocktails for a Cause also offers local residents an opportunity to get acquainted with the property.

“It’s a fun, quirky brand, and it’s just down the street,” Kim said.


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