We may look back at 2019 as the summer of the canned cocktail. Because, while recent years have seen nearly every variety of wine get the canned treatment, cocktails seemed to have lagged behind—until now.Read More
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.Read More
For the cocktail-minded, the wedding bar can be a conundrum. Unless the happy couple has rented out a venue with a real cocktail program and well-trained staff, you’re likely to end up with a roster of the most basic well spirits and a team that’s more used to prepping Screwdrivers than Sidecars.Read More
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 Bella, Pammy’s and Craigie on Main, where top-notch bartenders are experimenting with fresher ingredients, new flavors, and bold new approaches to crafting the cocktail.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
While devising the cocktail menu for Porter Square’s new Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar, cocktail consultant (and Backbar owner) Sam Treadway saw an opportunity to highlight Cuba’s rich cocktail history.Read More
While developing The Westland’s cocktail list, bar manager Julia Buccieri found inspiration in the bar and restaurant’s next-door neighbor, Boston Symphony Hall. Each drink is named after a myth connected to one of the classical statues that line the walls of the 119-year-old concert venue.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More