Cocktails

La Belle France - The Food Lens

La Belle France - The Food Lens

La Belle France, served by South End newcomer Bar Lyon, shares a name with the first chapter of Julia Child’s My Life in France. That’s no coincidence: Like Child, the cocktail celebrates “the beautiful France,” which in its case means highlighting French gin and French apple brandy.

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Game of Thrones Scotch and Other Boozy Movie Tie-Ins - Bevvy

Game of Thrones Scotch and Other Boozy Movie Tie-Ins - Bevvy

If you’ve begun to wonder whether a “Game of Thrones”-themed gift shop has replaced your local whiskey aisle, you’re not alone. The last few months have seen the release of Johnnie Walker’s White Walker expression, as well as eight single malts (six of which are new expressions) from Diageo-owned distilleries like LagavulinDalwhinnie, and Oban, each tied to one of the dueling houses featured in the HBO series. The final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14, by the way, so now is a good time to pickup some bottles.

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#smashed - The Food Lens

#smashed - The Food Lens

“A great beginner whiskey cocktail” is how Chase Sutton, beverage manager of the Downtown Crossing location of Boston Chops, describes #smashed. The simple drink debuted six years ago with the opening of the first Boston Chops in the South End, and it won’t be leaving either spot’s menu anytime soon.

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Feed The Fire - The Food Lens

Feed The Fire - The Food Lens

“We tried to add three elements to it: sweet, savory, and heat,” says Rachid Hadouche, general manager of The Bristol at Four Seasons Boston. He’s referring to Feed the Fire, the Bristol Bar’s zingy daiquiri variant that trades rum for vodka and possesses those three qualities in spades.

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Cheat Sheet: Single Malt Whisky vs. Single Grain Whisky - Bevvy

Cheat Sheet: Single Malt Whisky vs. Single Grain Whisky - Bevvy

Wander into your local scotch aisle, and you’ll see the phrase “single malt” dozens of times over. Look a little closer, and you might see “single grain,” too. The former term will sound recognizable to even the most casual of drinkers, while the latter is more obscure. Yet both are commonly misunderstood and even confused for each other. So, let’s break down the difference between single malt and single grain whisky.

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