I have good news and bad news.
First, the good news: The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the Red Sox are back in town for the summer -- all of which means that it’s the perfect time to make a trip to Fenway.
Now, the bad news: The T ride to the ballpark is bound to be sweaty, it can be hard to play hookey from work in order to catch a game in person, and the Sox haven’t exactly been a portrait of consistency when it comes to, you know, actually winning games this season.
What’s a Bostonian to do? Rather than jumping off the bandwagon with all of the other fair-weather fans, sit back, relax, and have a drink. Plenty of ballpark-area bars offer refreshing, delicious summertime shots that'll give you the perfect taste of the season when you're looking for a good time -- or will go down easy if you need to ease the pain of another loss.
Berry Blast. Strong yet tasty, this shot is made up of Stoli Razberi and Stoli Blueberi, combined with a splash of Chambord and another splash of lemonade. It's a fruity combination with a berry base and an emphasis on the "blast" part of its name. You can find this shot at Thornton’s Grille, which is tucked away at 100 Peterborough St.
Washington Apple. As sweet as a bite out of a Granny Smith, this shot is both refreshing and effective. One part Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey, one part DeKuyper Sour Apple, and one part cranberry juice, all mixed together with a splash of 7-Up, this shot that will go down easy in the summer heat. Try it at the outdoor bar at Yardhouse, located at 126 Brookline Ave.
Red-Headed Slut. It's simple: Jagermeister, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. One Jerry Remy’s bartender described this old favorite as “smooth but feisty.” Take it down at Remy’s (1265 Boylston St.) while watching the game on one of the bar's giant TVs.
Orange Creamsicle. Made with vodka, triple sec, orange juice, and Sprite, this shot is an adult twist on a childhood favorite. Unfortunately, you can’t get one of these from the ice cream man, but you can order it at Sweet Caroline's Bar and Restaurant, located at 1260 Boylston St.
Watermelon Kamikaze. A twist on a classic summertime food, this shot is made with watermelon vodka, triple sec, and lime juice -- a cold and delicious treat on any hot summer day (or night). Bring the ingredients to your next picnic or barbecue, or order one at The Baseball Tavern (1270 Boylston St.) and enjoy the view from the rooftop bar.
Fruit Basket. A Lansdowne Pub (9 Lansdowne St.) creation, this shot is one of many specialty shots and drinks that you can order from the pub's original summer drink menu. Made up of peach schnapps, vodka, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice, the Fruit Basket is light, citrus-y, and a good first step to a summertime buzz.
What's your favorite summertime shot recipe?
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About Alison -- I am a recent Emmanuel College graduate who loves creative writing, cheeseburgers, travel, car radio sing-a-longs, and Armenian line dancing down the hallway when no one is watching. I'm not sure what I'm up to next year or next month, but I plan on having fun for the rest of my life. Twitter: @AlisonAmorello
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