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Kevin Mabry's Shift Drink

Posted by Josh Childs  November 7, 2012 10:08 AM

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Working the bar Bobby Flay's Mohegan Sun, it almost didn't happen. Kevin was about to move to New York City, but luckily for us, heavy recruiting swayed him to Boston. A leap of faith landed him squarely on his feet at the new (although it will celebrate one year in December), popular, jm Curley downtown.

This kid is serious about cocktails, but maybe it's his family's sports bar, where he grew up working that has rounded out his style- he puts in front of you what you want to drink. Friendly, gracious, low key, accommodating. Kid- wow, I could, in fact, be his father. Ouch.

Anyway, I stopped by the other night and tried a couple drinks- he always features a Seasonal Collins, for Autumn it's 1.5 oz Greylock gin, .5 oz rosemary simple syrup, 1 oz lemon juice with 8 muddled Concord grapes and a rosemary sprig. Deliciously refreshing.
For his Zen Den he thoughtfully credits Jeffrey Morganthaler from Portland, OR for inspiring his 5 spice rum. 1.5 oz Chinese 5 Spice Goslings, .5 oz Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao (orange liqueur) .5 oz ginger simple syrup, .5 oz lime, orange zest.
To me the 5 spice is perfectly fall, I love the idea of contrast with a seemingly summer libation that works so well on a chilly Boston evening.


Kevin Mabry's shift drink? A pint "of whatever's hoppy on tap" (check his hop tattoo) and, you guessed it, a shot of Fernet. Maybe young and up and coming, but that is old school- I'll raise a glass with you anytime my friend.

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