By all appearances, this cocktail from The Hourly Oyster House looks like yet another tequila-based easy drinker served in a highball glass over crushed ice. But it has a unique character of its own, thanks to a house-made pineapple shrub and an obscure French liqueur called Maurin Quina.
When it comes to the Monkey Biz, looks are deceiving. The stirred cocktail—created for Island Creek Oyster Bar’s spring menu—resembles any other dry Martini with a lemon twist. But just one sip reveals it to be an entirely different ride. Read More
Here’s one assumption we feel comfortable making: You’ve never visited a comedy club for the drinks. But that might change thanks to Variety Bar, a cocktail oasis nestled within The Comedy Studio at Bow Market. Read More
“The Persian New Year was just around the corner and we were thinking of ways to integrate the bar program with the menu,” says Juliet’s proprietor and wine commander Katrina Jazayeri. That’s how the Persian Limelet was first created. Read More
The name Jalisco Disco might suggest an all-out party, but the drink’s fresh, clean flavor—coupled with a subtle savory element—turns it into something more refined: the ultimate pre-dinner tequila drink.
Make no mistake: Bartenders at Benedetto in Harvard Square make a mean Negroni. But the Italian restaurant’s head bartender, Charles Coykendall, looked beyond the familiar flavor of Campari when building a cocktail program.
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.
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
Spring is here—and with it, spritz season. We’ll never object to the old-fashioned Aperol version, but coming out of hibernation has us craving something with a little more oomph. That’s where the Umeshu Spritz from Whaling in Oklahoma comes in. 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.
This gin- and sherry-based libation from Tres Gatos may be dubbed After Dark, but it’s rocking some serious color. Credit for its pinkish hue goes to another key ingredient, a hibiscus simple syrup made by steeping the dried flower with hot water before whisking in sugar. Read More
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. Read More
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
These days, it can seem like all the once-forgotten classic cocktails have been rediscovered. But Naomi Levy, lead bartender at Better Sorts Social Club, is still turning up fresh finds.
The spritz is synonymous with the long, balmy days of summer—but the short, frigid afternoons of winter call for refreshment, too. Read More