Pro Tips for Boston Marathon Spectators

Learn how to cheer, how to hand off water, and what to stock in your Solo cup. For more, check out our mile guide to the Boston Marathon.

Going Solo

Before you dismiss the red plastic cup as a vestige of college parties past, consider this: It’s the ultimate tool for assembling carefully calibrated cocktails. Even the pros are onboard. “This is how I roll—this is how we tailgate,” says Jackson Cannon, Eastern Standard’s beverage director. The key, he says, is to use the lines of the cup to measure ingredients. We asked Cannon and two other bartenders to offer up creative quaffs that can be crafted entirely in an 18-ounce cup*—with nary a jigger in sight (a spoon or stray chopstick, however, may come in handy). —Leah Mennies

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* These diagrams were created with a generic red cup. Solo overhauled its basic design a few years ago; if you opt for the brand’s new square-bottom cup, note that similar measurements can be achieved by using the letters on the side of the cup and its wavy top lines.


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