First Sip at Backbar
When you order a drink at Backbar, they want you to know it's as fresh as can be.
When you order a drinkÂ at Backbar, the new cocktail spot next to (and from the team behind) Journeyman restaurant, they want you to know itâ€™s as fresh as can be. â€śThis lemon juice was squeezed 30 minutes ago!â€ť a barman exclaims as he assembles the â€śUnion Muleâ€ť ($11, below right), a refreshing, pear-infused take on the Moscow Mule. The bar staffers, led by Drink vet Sam Treadway, are eager to please, and they do. The â€śModel Tâ€ť ($11, below left), a twist on a Manhattan using Jim Beam Black, Carpano Antica vermouth, Chartreuse, and cloves, is another retooled classic worth ordering (the name references the barâ€™s origins as a 1920s Ford dealership). And on a recent chilly evening, a bourbon-spiked hot cider special was soul-warming. Food was less so â€” a spartan â€śbartenderâ€™s platterâ€ť of charcuterie, crudo, and olives was tasty, but a terrible value at $30 for two people. Thankfully, Backbar also offers more wallet-friendly options, like fried pork cracklings ($4) and spicy caramel popcorn ($3). Opt for those and use the cash you save for another round of cocktails â€” you wonâ€™t be sorry.
9 Sanborn Ct., Somerville, 617-718-0249, backbarunion.com.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/01/first-sip-drinks-at-backbar/