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
It may be called the Larry Bird, but the Celtics great isn’t the only inspiration behind this rum-and-mezcal drink from Craigie on Main. It owes a special debt to one of lead bartender Eric Books’favorite cocktails, the Jungle Bird. 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
The title of Obi Wan Negroni doesn’t belong to a specific cocktail served at East Somerville’s Fat Hen. Rather, it’s passed down to a new riff on the classic drink that emerges each season. (Much like the Jedi master it’s named after, it never truly disappears.) Read More
With 100 bottles and counting, the bar at Casa B may have the largest selection of rum in the Greater Boston area. However, the drink ordered most frequently at the Somerville restaurant is actually a mezcal cocktail, thanks in large part to one special ingredient: scotch bonnet peppers. 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
Indiana mega-distillery MGP Ingredients, responsible for the juice used by such brands as Bulleit, High West, and many more, has only recently begun to release whiskeys under its own label. The latest entry is Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey, launched this past February. 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
Call it the whiskey equivalent of nose-to-tail: The Watsonian, Bully Boy Distillers’ riff on a Sidecar, is made using the company’s own American Straight Whiskey and smoked over a stave from one of their own barrels. 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
By definition, every white Negroni is a rule-breaker. But the Negroni Bianco at Fox & the Knife takes it further, introducing olive brine and a gorgonzola-stuffed olive to the mix.
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