Best of Boston

2011 Best Cocktail, Cool

The Rita Moreno, Gargoyles on the Square

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 sriracha and cilantro. The resulting creation strikes a perfect tart-sweet balance, then takes the experience to the next level with a spicy kick.

219 Elm St., Somerville, 617-776-5300,