Best of Boston

2002 Best Cocktail, Cool

Thai Martini, Cuchi Cuchi

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 fresh lemongrass and ginger-infused simple syrup with ice and a splash of German apple liquor and Malibu, then garnishing it with a crisp slice of apple. New concoctions keep the menu rotating, too, so be on the lookout for the blueberry gimlet (with cinnammon simple syrup), the strawberry basil martini (muddled strawberries and basil with Triple Sec and SKYY Citrus), and a margarita made with real prickly pear purée.

795 Main St., Cambridge, 617-864-2929,