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The Hard Stuff: Cocktail balance
For bartenders, a cocktail's balance is everything.
| February 04, 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 07, 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 21, 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 15, 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 02, 2012
Booze Your Own Adventure: Navigating the Boston Cocktail Summit
On October 4–6, the first-ever Boston Cocktail Summit will slake the city’s thirst for knowledge.
| September 26, 2012
Drinking and dining at portland’s newest hot spot
One of the clever decisions made by the proprietors of LFK, a new bar and eatery on Longfellow Square, was forgoing a literary name.
| August 01, 2012
Luscious summer produce becomes lushes' delight in the hands of local mixologists
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.
| 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
Cocktails and competition at The Hawthorne
The Iron Chef Cocktail Competition at The Hawthorne, Monday, March 19, 2012.
| March 21, 2012
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Jazzing it up with old-school cocktails
There must be some readers out there who remember the original Boston Storyville, a jazz nightclub.
| December 07, 2011
Review: Think Tank Bistrotheque
Southeast Asian treats among some head-scratchers
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.
| August 17, 2011
Top-notch Italian that's under the radar no more
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), has made things even trickier.
| August 04, 2011
Review: Aragosta Bar and Bistro
A robust Italian take on locavore cuisine
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.
| June 29, 2011
RISD's 'Cocktail Culture' offers an intoxicating history of 20th-century fashion
The high life
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."
| May 12, 2011
Review: 28 Degrees
More than just good, cold drinks
This handsome lounge/restaurant has been living more on its drinks than its food, but that turns out to be wrong.
| February 16, 2011
Review: Cook & Brown Public House
A special culinary experience on Hope Street
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 aplomb.
| September 29, 2010
How Boston's best barkeeps survived five days of around-the-clock cocktails
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.
| August 11, 2010
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Review: Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale
Boston's gastropub world has a new champ
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.
| July 05, 2010
Review: Temple Downtown
From graffiti to Gorgonzola
Temple Downtown certainly has gone through changes.
| June 02, 2010
Russell House Tavern
Tastes good, looks great — no gimmicks necessary
For a place with major, major foot traffic, Harvard Square has proven to be a tricky spot for restaurateurs.
| May 12, 2010
Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
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.
| May 11, 2010
The Regal Beagle
A quirky neighborhood that puts all the pieces together
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; and scrambled nostalgia.
| January 13, 2010
Keep up with the Mad Men
A whiskey primer to get you in the door
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.
| December 09, 2009
Drink like Don
Whiskey drinks for people who don’t like whiskey. Yet.
If Mad Men has taught us anything, it's that we shouldn't go to a 1960s advertising executive for health advice.
| December 08, 2009
Fall cocktails at local restaurants
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.
| October 14, 2009
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