Cocktails for Two at Boston-Area Bars
Todd Maul’s tiki tribute starts with three layers of rum: three- and five-year-aged El Dorado as well as Plantation Original Dark. The Café ArtScience co-owner then adds honey syrup, passionfruit purée, apricot liqueur, and allspice dram for balanced fruitiness before garnishing the cocktail with booze-infused banana leaves.
Wink & Nod
Smoke N’ Apples
Don’t be deceived by the Victorian-style teapot. With Arkansas Black applejack, Islay scotch, Drambuie, and house-made apple cordial, beverage director Michael Boughton’s Smoke N’ Apples is a potent belly warmer. The high-proof mixture is topped with steaming chai tea.
Puritan & Company
Decades ago, the British-born Gluggle Jug was used to promote Plymouth gin. Today, Puritan & Company presents its Beefeater-based punch in the throwback fish-shaped vessel. A twist on the Negroni, the libation also incorporates Campari, sweet vermouth, and fresh orange juice.
Area Four Boston
By Any Other Name
Bar manager Dan Lynch’s play on a gin martini sips “prettier” than the classic, thanks to the addition of floral rose liqueur and Brockman’s Gin, with subtle berry notes. A hint of absinthe adds another layer of complexity to the cocktail, served in a vintage metal box alongside chilled glasses.
“If we sell one, we sell 20,” says beverage manager Tim Ferraro of this attention-grabbing two-person tipple. A plastic fish tank is set on ice and filled with your spirit of choice—opt for tequila for a margarita-like drink—as well as blue Curaçao, fresh mint, lime juice, and prosecco.