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The Hard Stuff: Cocktail balance
For bartenders, a cocktail's balance is everything.
| February 08, 2013
The cost of cocktails
After a brief, giddy period of inflation during the Great Cocktail Expansion, we seem to have settled on an unspoken baseline price structure.
| January 11, 2013
Dram On: The imported St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
While we take them for granted now, if you remember a bit of your history lessons, you know spices were a very hot commodity throughout much of the last millennium.
| December 14, 2012
A Heat-Seeking Mission
Living in New England, no stranger to the biting cold, you would think that heated alcoholic drinks would be an easy sell, but that's not always the case.
| November 23, 2012
Anatomy of an Old Fashioned
When we asked the Hawthorne's Jackson Cannon to make Old Fashioneds with us, he didn't even blink. "I was born for this," he replied simply.
| November 16, 2012
Smoke Me Out
There comes a time in every drinking career when the nuances of a well-made cocktail — the subtle botanical notes, for instance — just don't cut it anymore. You need a more intense experience.
| October 19, 2012
Cocktail Central: A bar crawl through Cambridge's boozy epicenter
While the past year has seen a wealth of new craft-cocktail spots, from the elegant Hawthorne in Kenmore to Union Square's backroom-y Backbar, there still aren't enough for our taste.
| October 05, 2012
Booze Your Own Adventure!
On October 4–6, the first-ever Boston Cocktail Summit will slake the city’s thirst for knowledge with more than 75 seminars, tastings, and parties at hotels and watering holes around town. We’ve assembled an interactive guide that hits some highlights. R
| September 28, 2012
One of the clever decisions made by the proprietors of LFK, a new bar and eatery on Longfellow Square, was forgoing a literary name.
Drinking and dining at portland’s newest hot spot
| August 03, 2012
Yes, it's a scorcher — a season when the mere act of stepping into a Green Line station causes instantaneous lakes of perspiration to bloom under your armpits.
Luscious summer produce becomes lushes' delight in the hands of local mixologists
| July 20, 2012
A beginner’s guide to the city’s best heat-beating drinks
There are only two things that make us feel better when our legs stick to the seats on the T, or when a five-minute walk down the street leaves us drenched with sweat in the most embarrassing places.
| June 08, 2012
Photos: Iron Chef Cocktail Competition at The Hawthorne
The Iron Chef Cocktail Competition at The Hawthorne, Monday, March 19, 2012.
Cocktails and competition at The Hawthorne
| March 23, 2012
You call this a craft cocktail menu?
I apologize in advance for plying you with yet ANOTHER "Shit [insert niche here] Say" video, but the interwebs have kicked out a variation that...
| January 18, 2012
There must be some readers out there who remember the original Boston Storyville, a jazz nightclub.
Jazzing it up with old-school cocktails
| December 09, 2011
Review: Think Tank Bistrotheque
The owners have some very good ideas about food and drink — Southeast Asian treats are cool, and craft cocktails go better with them than wine does — but they have also produced some decisions that make the rest of us scratch our heads.
Southeast Asian treats among some head-scratchers
| August 19, 2011
Some places, no matter how good, manage to fly under the radar. And the recent trend of restaurateurs opening a pizza place, establishing a reputation as a lower-priced, "On the Cheap" joint, and then upscaling into a full-tilt sit-down spot (see: Nebo),
Top-notch Italian that's under the radar no more
| August 05, 2011
Review: Aragosta Bar and Bistro
Sensing, the previous restaurant in this Battery Wharf hotel/condo development, was locavore and high-church French, but too subtle. Aragosta proposes to solve that problem with a more robust cuisine focused on the most local of all ingredients: seafood.
A robust Italian take on locavore cuisine
| July 01, 2011
RISD's 'Cocktail Culture' offers an intoxicating history of 20th-century fashion
Across the country, on January 16, 1920, citizens drank up at liquor "wakes" before the 18th Amendment, ratified a year before, went into effect at midnight, banning the manufacture, sale, and transportation of "intoxicating liquors."
The high life
| May 13, 2011
Review: 28 Degrees
This handsome lounge/restaurant has been living more on its drinks than its food, but that turns out to be wrong.
More than just good, cold drinks
| February 18, 2011
Review: Cook & Brown Public House
When a restaurant moves into a location that has seen several eatery incarnations, it must work doubly hard to establish its reputation, both around the state and in the neighborhood. Cook & Brown Public House seems to be accomplishing both with aplo
A special culinary experience on Hope Street
| October 01, 2010
Twenty-five thousand members of the Lutheran Youth Congress are leaving New Orleans. Replacing them are another kind of faithful, equally dedicated in their way to their calling: 15,000 eager bartenders.
How Boston's best barkeeps survived five days of around-the-clock cocktails
| August 13, 2010
Letter from the Editor: Liquid Issue 2010
The master mixologists in this town truly never cease to amaze me. The other night, I attended Cocktail Wars at Woodward. It’s sort of like...
| July 12, 2010
Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale
Some of the great ones do it by instinct, but William Ashmore, owner of Stoddard's (and Ivy across the street) appears to be someone given to second thoughts, maybe nots, and serial inspirations.
Boston's gastropub world has a new champ
| July 02, 2010
Review: Temple Downtown
Temple Downtown certainly has gone through changes.
From graffiti to Gorgonzola
| June 04, 2010
Russell House Tavern
For a place with major, major foot traffic, Harvard Square has proven to be a tricky spot for restaurateurs.
Tastes good, looks great — no gimmicks necessary
| May 14, 2010
It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Blithe Spirit , that cocktail shaker full of dry martini and ectoplasmic mayhem, will amuse. Playwright Noël Coward diagnosed his own gift as a talent to do just that.
Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
| May 14, 2010
The Regal Beagle
The Regal Beagle is making a quick success doing what almost all the new restaurants want to do: small plates; comfort food with a gourmet twist; a mixture of high and low; a bit of locovore, green, and slow fare; some salty fast food; interesting drinks
A quirky neighborhood that puts all the pieces together
| January 15, 2010
Keep up with the Mad Men
Don Draper and his ad men swig whiskey all day like it's no thing, but some of you daintier folk may think scotch and bourbon are too harsh.
A whiskey primer to get you in the door
| December 11, 2009
Drink like Don
If Mad Men has taught us anything, it's that we shouldn't go to a 1960s advertising executive for health advice.
Whiskey drinks for people who don’t like whiskey. Yet.
| December 11, 2009
If you’ve got special reason to drown or celebrate this fall, Portland’s mixologists offer several autumnal elixirs that take advantage of the flavors and clean-slate feeling of fall.
Fall cocktails at local restaurants
| October 16, 2009
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