Cocktails

Cosmopolitan - The Food Lens

Cosmopolitan - The Food Lens

Thanks to Carrie Bradshaw, practically everyone has heard of the Cosmopolitan.

After Sex and the City put it on the map, the drink became infamous thanks to iterations prepared with less-than-fresh ingredients and sticky-sweet flavored vodkas.

But as Rich Andreoli, bar manager at Pammy’s in Cambridge, points out, the Cosmo predates SJP’s first sip by a decade.

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The espresso martini is back. Here are 3 you need to try. - Boston.com

The espresso martini is back. Here are 3 you need to try. - Boston.com

Alongside such other non-martini martinis, the vodka-and-coffee-liqueur cocktail has been viewed as a relic of bad ‘90s bar culture, something to be sneered at on the menu before you ultimately order a Negroni instead.

But now the espresso martini is getting a new lease on life, thanks to its appearance at local bars like Ciao BellaPammy’s and Craigie on Main, where top-notch bartenders are experimenting with fresher ingredients, new flavors, and bold new approaches to crafting the cocktail.

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The Bad Boy - The Food Lens

The Bad Boy - The Food Lens

With 100 bottles and counting, the bar at Casa B may have the largest selection of rum in the Greater Boston area. However, the drink ordered most frequently at the Somerville restaurant is actually a mezcal cocktail, thanks in large part to one special ingredient: scotch bonnet peppers.

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Trina's Starlite Lounge - The Food Lens

Trina's Starlite Lounge - The Food Lens

Nostalgia is one hell of a drug.

It’s a thought that occurs every time we enter Trina’s Starlite Lounge, a delightfully weird proto-dive perched on a corner of Inman Square. From vintage signs advertising the cola and cigarettes of yesteryear to a reconstructed retro kitchen, the decor evokes a 1950s America that’s a little less Norman Rockwell and a bit more David Lynch.

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The Law of Octaves - The Food Lens

The Law of Octaves - The Food Lens

East Somerville’s La Brasa serves up The Law of Octaves, a Manhattan variant with enough spiced flavor to match the restaurant’s wood-fired fare. A base of rye whiskey gives it a spice kick from the get-go, and the decision to bench sweet vermouth in favor of the rhubarb-based Italian amaro Zucca Rabarbaro takes it in an entirely new direction.

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Gin Mare Review - Bevvy

Gin Mare Review - Bevvy

It’s been three years since Gin Mare, a self-styled Mediterranean gin, made landfall in the U.S. First launched in 2010, this Spanish gin claims to be the “first ever [gin] inspired by the Mediterranean.” No exact definition for “Mediterranean gin” exists, but Gin Mare includes Spanish olives, Greek rosemary, Turkish thyme, and Italian sweet basil alongside the less region-specific botanicals of coriander, cardamom, citrus, and juniper.

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Tokyo 75 - The Food Lens

Tokyo 75 - The Food Lens

Order any cocktail with “75” in its name and you’ll probably get some combination of spirit, sparkling wine, and a sour flavor. Like the category’s granddaddy—the French 75—these drinks tend to be bright and refreshing, if a little one-note.

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Aperitivo Hour - Drake's

Aperitivo Hour - Drake's

One failure of the Anglo-American mind is its tendency to conflate day drinking with unrestrained rakishness. We view the pre-five o’clock tippler as a cad straight from the set ofMad Men, clearing his afternoon schedule in the wake of a ruinous three-Martini lunch. Our sole exception is brunch, an overdone affair where far more orange juice is likely to be consumed than Champagne.

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