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Behind The Bar: Jesse Dupuis of Woodward

Posted by Jacki Morisi  November 25, 2011 04:36 PM

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While recently imbibing on some of the new cocktails at Woodward, we had a chance to catch up with Jesse Dupuis -- one of the leading mixologists at the luxe hotel bar. Originally from Cranston, Rhode Island, he started out his 7 year Boston bartending career with stints at Avila and the Lansdowne Pub before making his way to the Ames Hotel. Manning the bar there since it's opening two years ago, Jesse's been mixing up everything from classic cocktails to seasonally-inspired libations. Shots served with pickle juice, jalapeno-infused cordials, and re-imagined old school favorites are just some of the creations you'll find on his extensive list of cocktail concoctions.

Keep reading here to see what he had to say about his favorite flavor combinations, what he always keeps in his liquor cabinet, and what you should NEVER order out in public again. period.

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What's always in your liquor cabinet?
Gin and Fernet

What's your go-to cocktail?
Bulleit Manhattan

Your favorite thing to sip this season?
Aperol in anything

What makes Boston's drinking scene unique?
You can get craft cocktails without pretense

What will everyone be drinking 5 years from now?
The classics will always be classics

If I ever hear anyone order Southern Comfort again it will be too soon!

I wish people ordered Mezcal more often, they really don't know what they're missing.

And what you should be drinking at Woodward this winter...

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Demon Does
Milagro silver with muddled jalapeno & agave nectar, fresh lime & crème de cassis

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Bold Fashion
Bully Boy white whiskey, Maraschino, Reagan’s orange and Boston bittahs

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Second Marriage
Ketel One Citroen with Chandon Brut and raspberries

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Southie Coffee
Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey and Frangelico with fresh brewed coffee and hand whipped cream

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About the authors

Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.
Contact us:
Jacki and Michelle also co-write the Boston-based food blog JustAddCheese.com.
Email Jacki and Michelle: chowdownbeantown@gmail.com
Follow Jacki on Twitter @jacki_mo and Michelle @Meeshz
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