Cocktails

Lion's Tail - The Food Lens

Lion's Tail - The Food Lens

Amid the sanitary glass constructions that line a recently transformed stretch of the South End’s Harrison Avenue, a wooden door with a lion-shaped knocker sticks out from the squeaky-clean mean. If this were 2009, you might need a password to get in. But it’s 2019 and you’re about to enter Lion’s Tail, a bar that manages to capture all that was good about the Great Cocktail Revival while avoiding its excesses.

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Cheat Sheet: What Is Sherry? - Bevvy

Cheat Sheet: What Is Sherry? - Bevvy

Cherry is a type of fortified wine made from white grapes grown in a designated part of Spain. According to Spanish law, sherry can only be made from palomino, Pedro Ximénez or moscatel grapes grown in “The Sherry Triangle,” found within the southernmost province of Cádiz, Andalusia.


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The Publick House - The Food Lens

The Publick House - The Food Lens

Beer bars have gotten a bit of a bad rap of late. There seems to be a widening gulf between bars where people drink beer to relax and have fun, and bars where people drink beer to take notes and wax poetic on the difference between East Coast and West Coast IPAs (presumably while stroking an unkempt beard).

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Vesuviana - The Food Lens

Vesuviana - The Food Lens

Poor Somma Vesuviana. Like Pompeii, the bygone Italian town was a popular resort for well-to-do Romans until Mount Vesuvius buried it under a blanket of volcanic ash. But unlike its similarly ill-fated neighbor, Vesuviana was more or less forgotten.


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The Thirst Is Real: Boston's Premier Cocktail Conference Stays Fiercely Local While Expanding - DigBoston

The Thirst Is Real: Boston's Premier Cocktail Conference Stays Fiercely Local While Expanding - DigBoston

“When we first started Thirst there weren’t hundreds of cocktail bars in the city, and now there are. You throw a stone and hit a cocktail bar.”

 That reflection comes courtesy of Maureen Hautaniemi, a co-founder of Thirst Boston, the education-focused cocktail festival that will return to its namesake city for the sixth time the final weekend in April. Like more than a few of the bars that sprung up during the city’s cocktail revival, Thirst is starting to feel like something else: an institution.

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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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