When asked about the motivation behind the smoky, chocolaty Aztec Thrush, Chickadee bartender Kate Belanger has a simple answer: “What I do is I take all my favorite things that taste good, and put them together,” she says.Read More
Believe it or not, “New York Streets” is a local reference. It’s the name of a long-vanished South End neighborhood whose streets were named after communities in upstate New York. Razed in 1956, it’s been largely forgotten—but not by Lion’s Tail, the cocktail bar that sits at its former center and pays homage with this swizzle.Read More
The spritz is synonymous with the long, balmy days of summer—but the short, frigid afternoons of winter call for refreshment, too.Read More
Brick & Mortar’s Dollywood may be named for the Queen of Country’s Tennessee amusement park, but its closest relation hails from outside the Smoky Mountains. It’s a riff on the Eastern Sour, a cocktail made with citrus juices, bourbon, and orgeat first mixed by California tiki legend Trader Vic.Read More
The obvious inspiration for this colorful cocktail served at Committee may be a 1994 Snoop Dog single—but one sip reveals its debt to the Singapore Sling. A combination of Cherry Heering, orange liqueur, and pineapple juice, the original was first served some 80 years before Snoop had his mind on his money and his money on his mind.Read More
“It’s almost like a toasted Piña Colada,” says Christina Stromberg, head bartender at Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar.Read More
As an idiom, “death and taxes,” is shorthand for the inevitable and expected in life. But as a cocktail, Death & Taxes serves up a surprise.Read More
It’s not a shocker that a cocktail named after a Martin Scorsese gangster flick counts Campari among its ingredients. But take a closer look at the recipe, and things get interesting: bourbon, Cointreau, and—not one—but two distinctly different gins.Read More
Beer cocktails have been popular for years, but few take the concept so literally as the team at State Park. The bar’s namesake cocktail begins as a Miller High Life, but sheds two ounces of beer to make room for an ounce of 100-proof Rittenhouse Rye and Braulio Amaro. Best of all, it’s served in the bottle that boasts it’s the “Champagne of Beers.”Read More
It’s unsurprising that Pabu, an upscale izakaya in Downtown Crossing’s Millennium Tower, would choose to highlight Japanese whisky in its cocktail program. But this cocktail also pays homage to a distinctly 21st-century drink, the Scotch-based Penicillin made famous by Sam Ross at NYC’s Milk & Honey.Read More
Temperatures may be falling, but this devilishly spicy cocktail from Lolita Cocina & Tequila Baris a surefire way to bring back the heat.
The Cat’s Paw is a cocktail that plays with your head. It looks like a Manhattan—right down to the coupe glass and cherry garnish—but the first sip suggests otherwise.Read More
Straight Law Bar, the sherry-focused cocktail establishment within Brookline’s Spanish restaurant Taberna De Haro, offers no shortage of fortified wine to play with. The menu draws from Taberna’s 85 bottle-strong list, one of the largest sherry selections we know of.Read More
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar didn’t invent the Pisco Punch; the refreshing mixture of lime, pineapple, and the iconic South American brandy has been popular since the 19th century. But beverage manager Eli Shapiro has added some flavorful twists of his own—and a whole lot of garnishes.Read More
It only seems natural that a restaurant inspired by French-Canadian cuisine would name a drink after a lumberjack.