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.Read More
On the final track of his 1982 album Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen sadly croons, “At the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe.”Read More
“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.Read More
“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.Read More
During allergy season, some swear by bee pollen as a natural cure. While we’re not qualified to weigh in on its medicinal benefits, we can say with confidence that it makes an excellent cocktail garnish.
Rob Ficks, head bartender at The Hawthorne, vividly recalls one of his favorite pairings: freshly melted hot chocolate with Green Chartreuse. This cocktail is meant to capture that delicious moment.Read More
Hear the word “tiki,” and you’re more likely to imagine Bali than Boylston Street. But the tiki genre is weird: It’s never been about a real place, but rather the idea of somewhere that’s never quite existed.
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