Best of Boston

BEST Cocktail

2012 BEST Cocktail, Shots with a Twist
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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.,” the petite Jack and Coke dubbed the “Double Wide,” and the awesomely named daily special,… 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 southwestern cousin of the cosmo, it combines vodka, Rose’s lime juice, and fresh lemon with… 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 cocktail starts with the classic recipe (Maker’s Mark, sweet vermouth, Angostura), then amps it up… read more»

2008 BEST Cocktail, Menu
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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 puts a premium on creative, classically prepared libations. Powerhouse mixologists Misty Kalkofen and Andy McNeese… 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 brandy and cardamom. Like the formidable wine list, the mixed drinks are designed to enhance… read more»

2006 BEST Cocktail, Mojito
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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), sugar cane (not simple syrup), and heaps of fresh, muddled mint. read more»

2006 BEST Cocktail
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No. 9 Park

Boston

Regulars at No. 9 Park are devoted to the house cocktail for the same reason they are to chef Barbara Lynch’s prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie gras: It’s simplicity perfected. While similar combos at other establishments tend toward the cloying, the… 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 is appropriately light and socially lubricious, and sports a Mediterranean twist. Made of iced Ketel… 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 sip, you’re convinced you may actually have been an English general in a former life…. 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 succulent it’s destined to achieve classic status. No. 9 Park’s palmyra is a deceptively simple… read more»