Best of Boston

BEST Cocktail, classic

2011 BEST Cocktail, Classic

Ideal Manhattan, Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar


Like an antique wing chair done up in a sharp new print, Citizen’s spin on the Manhattan hews to tradition while freshening things up. The cocktail starts with the classic recipe (Maker’s Mark, sweet vermouth, Angostura), then amps it up… read more»

2003 BEST Cocktail, Classic

Gibson Martin, The Bristol Lounge


You can almost taste the sun rising again on the British Empire in your first sip of this bracing, gin-loaded cocktail. By the second dry sip, you’re convinced you may actually have been an English general in a former life…. read more»

2001 BEST Cocktail, Classic

The Oak Room, Sidecar


As a rule, hard-drinking journalist types hate—or pretend to hate—any cocktail that tastes like dessert. So the Oak Room’s version of the sidecar—a brandy, Cointreau, and lemon juice concoction invented sometime during Prohibition—took us by surprise. Served in a martini… read more»