Best of Boston

Best Cocktail

2012 Best Cocktail, DIY Mocktails

Boloco

Boston
Ever since local chain Boloco installed the epic Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, we go for soda first, burritos second. More than 100 flavors are available—from peach […] read more»
2012 Best Cocktail, Shots with a Twist

Brick & Mortar

Cambridge
When we want a stiff (and not-so-serious) drink, it’s tough to top the shots offered by Cambridge newcomer Brick & Mortar. There’s the daiquiri-inspired “D.T.O.,” […] read more»
2011 Best Cocktail, Cool

The Rita Moreno, Gargoyles on the Square

Somerville
A string of too many unfortunately flavored concoctions had put us off anything other than the classics…and then we met the Rita Moreno. A sexy […] read more»
2011 Best Cocktail, Classic

Ideal Manhattan, Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar

Boston
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 […] read more»
2008 Best Cocktail, Menu

Green Street

Cambridge
Looking for the city’s top bartenders on their night off? They’re probably knocking ’em back right here in Central Square, along with anyone else who […] read more»
2007 Best Cocktail, Menu

Rendezvous

Cambridge
No green apple martinis here. Only ingenious blends make it onto Rendezvous’s cocktail list: gin blended with kaffir lime and curry, vodka stirred with pear […] read more»
2006 Best Cocktail, Mojito

Chez Henri

Cambridge
Once a mixologist’s best trick, the mojito has become cliché. But at Chez Henri, the Cuban concoction retains its allure with white rum (not dark), […] read more»
2005 Best Cocktail

Basil-Lime Gimlet, Via Matta

Boston
At a spot that has the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria (if said neighborhood were full of top-tax-bracket Italians, that is), this defining cocktail […] read more»
2003 Best Cocktail, Classic

Gibson Martin, The Bristol Lounge

Boston
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 […] read more»
2003 Best Cocktail, Cool

The Palmyra, No. 9 Park

Boston
Enough already with the fruity cocktail fads that result in sticky fingers and killer hangovers. The ultimate in cool libations is an inventive concoction so […] read more»
2002 Best Cocktail, Classic

Martini, Sonsie

Boston
Sonsie-bashing had become such a popular sport for a while, the ensuing recoil could only have put the place back in vogue. Well, here’s at […] read more»
2002 Best Cocktail, Cool

Thai Martini, Cuchi Cuchi

Cambridge
Who knew a drink could be so high-octane and still taste so good? The masterminding bartenders at Cuchi Cuchi make their Thai martini by mashing […] read more»
2001 Best Cocktail, Classic

The Oak Room, Sidecar

Boston
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, […] read more»
2001 Best Cocktail, Cool

Bomboa, Caipirinha

Boston
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2000 Best Cocktail, Upscale

Pear Martini, No. 9 Park

Boston
The pear martini is a revelation. A symphonic combination of Grey Goose Vodka, Belle de Brillet Poire, and pear nectar garnished with a dried pear […] read more»