Whether it was your Old-Fashioned or a drink ordered halfway down the bar, the pyrotechnic effect from flaming a citrus peel is a conversation-stopper you can’t help but notice. And the burnt, caramelized citrus aroma it leaves behind is one of those memorable moments that can make going out for drinks a little extra special.Read More
Poor Miss Vanjie. The aspiring drag queen, who was the first contestant to be eliminated during the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is best remembered for her awkward exit.
In homage to this viral moment, Banyan Bar + Refuge bartender Justin Leclair has attached her name to a hard-to-classify cocktail made with agave spirits and a Mexican palate cleanser called verdita.Read More
Coppa’s Shawmut St Sour is a variation on a variation. Its roots go back to the New York Sour, an old-school cocktail that kicks up the classic Whiskey Sour formula (whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup) by adding a red wine float. Now this South End trattoria has lent its own twist—and address—to the drink with the inclusion of a few ingredients more in line with its Italian focus: Lambrusco and Bruto Americano.Read More
The name “Cotswolds” may sound like the name of a cartoon penguin dressed as a butler, but it’s actually an area of southern England famed for its rolling hills, bucolic landscape, and quaint cottages. The team behind Cotswolds Dry Gin has endeavored to make a London dry-style spirit enhanced by local Cotswolds lavender, plus bay leaf, grapefruit, lime peel, black pepper, and cardamom.
As far as quintessential Boston experiences go, biting into a lobster roll ranks up there with watching the Pops on the Fourth of July. We may never reach a consensus on what constitutes the perfect roll — lettuce or no lettuce remains a hot-button issue, let alone cold-mayo versus hot with butter — but those debates are a testament to the special place lobster rolls hold in our hearts. From the oldest of the old guard to the young guns pushing the envelope, here are 18 worthy venues for getting your lobster roll fix.Read More
Exodus Bagels looks and feels the part. The Jamaica Plain spot is about 75 percent kitchen and 25 percent shop, and the humble, two-table space has few decorations save a couple of plants and a hanging print of a cream cheese spreader.Read More
Tiki drinks. Tropical drinks. Both are commonly served—and consumed—by people wearing Hawaiian shirts, and have a tendency to come with tiny paper umbrellas on the side.Read More
“The concept of the drink is taken from a Bee’s Knees, just with our spin on it,” says Brian McDougall, bartender at Envoy Hotel’s Lookout Rooftop bar, in reference to his creation, the Bees Nest.Read More
Bogart’s Bitters is something like the Holy Grail of its category—and the folks behind The Bitter Truth have resurrected it.Read More
The traditional rules for selecting a wedding suit are simple enough: navy or grey, perhaps black or white if it’s a formal affair. While there’s nothing wrong with adhering to these classics, it’s worth noting that there are other, more modern colors you can choose to add an extra bit of personality to your own big day, whether you’re committed to going casual or dressing way up.Read More
This spritz has been a Bar Mezzana staple since the restaurant’s inception, with bartenders now turning out hundreds each week. But the signature drink had much humbler beginnings.Read More
There's this thing about outdoor hot springs: they're always better when they're private and attached to your bedroom.
Finally, somebody gets it...Read More
When you think of Italy, you think of a perfectly twirled strand of spaghetti, a black-and-white Fellini film, the majestic ruins of a long-fallen empire, and… gin.Read More
Theater District newcomer The Ghost Walks has earned a buzz for serving drinks with attention-grabbing presentations that can’t be easily replicated at home—with some exceptions. Beet It, a frothy vodka sour with a latte-art-worthy surface design, is one of them.Read More
As far as we see it, there are just two ways to reach the pinnacle of an all-American summer. One is to bite into a lobster roll in sight of a lighthouse on the New England coast, the other is to personally conduct the Boston Pops on July 4th while grilling a dozen hot dogs.Read More
It takes a heart of stone not to be amused by that tiny, semi-functional umbrella perched on the side of your Mai Tai (and, if you’re not, enough of the latter will eventually do the trick). But its existence isn’t as easy to explain as natural garnishes like citrus slices or mint sprigs. Someone had to consciously choose to add a micro-umbrella to their drink, and someone else had to manufacture it. Who was that person, and who was that manufacturer?Read More
I sat down with Garrett Harker and Jackson Cannon, the respective restaurateur and bartender duo who profoundly changed Boston’s cocktail and hospitality scene with the opening of Eastern Standard in 2005. In the years since, Harker’s restaurant group has opened numerous other Boston-area bars and restaurants, including The Hawthorne, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and Branch Line. Together the group employs some 650 people, and its alumni have gone on to pollinate the regional and national hospitality scene.Read More
Kids can be cruel. A select few possess a preternatural gift for it. In hindsight, the first revelation of this truth was when a student entered the classroom with newly prescribed glasses. In the early 90s, few things could be as socially damning to a prepubescent as a prescription for corrective lenses.Read More
If someone says “Portland,” and “bar” together in the same sentence, there’s a good chance you immediately think of the largest city in Oregon. And that’s a shame, because 1) Portland, Maine, took the name first by a factor of 219 years, and 2) it hosts a vibrant, eclectic cocktail scene that can compete with towns 10 times its size.Read More