A summer state-of-mind
Boston is finally heating up, and we think it’s time for you to chill with a cool cocktail. Whether it’s a fruity, bubbly, or salty taste you’re craving, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some favorites we want you to try this season. To make things easier for you, We picked out a stand out flavor for each cocktail. We’re sure you’ll be able to pick a favorite (though it won’t be easy).
Conant’s Island, $11
Standout flavor: Cucumber
This isn’t your standard sweet, fruit-flavored cocktail. West Bridge, known for its inventive menus, not only infuses its own cucumber vodka, but adds an extra kick to the drink with the help of rice vinegar and green Tabasco. For those of you avoiding sugary or floral drinks, here’s your pick.
Another bonus: Alfresco seating is available at the restaurant, allowing you to enjoy your drink in the sun.
And beause this Kendall Square spot likes maintaining a local vibe, the drink’s namesake comes from one of Boston’s harbor islands.
Standout flavor: Passion fruit
Fan of margaritas? Venture out of your comfort zone and give this beverage a shot. The sweetness of strawberries is balanced with blood orange and passion fruit purees, which provide a tangy note that makes it stand out from a traditional margarita.
That’s not all: with the help of mint, you get that fresh feel that’s comforting this time of year. Other ingredients include cucumber, lime juice, simple syrup, St. Germaine, and Avion Silver tequila.
Million Dollar Cop, $14
Standout flavor: Raspberries
Beacon Hill’s newest restaurant provides a glimpse into Boston’s vibrant history. This drink is named after Oliver Garrett, a Boston cop who was accused of having corrupt dealings with bootleggers in the 1920s. Due to his known love for the finer things in life, this very fancy drink is dedicated to him.
This cocktail contains one very trendy ingredient: egg whites, which provide for a creamy, sour, tangy taste.
Lone Star Taco Bar
Standout flavor: Grapefruit
Forget about grapefruit juice, common in many summer-themed drinks. This Allston eatery uses a Mexican grapefruit soda to make this beverage spicy, salty, and incredibly satisfying.
Along with grapefruit soda, the recipe calls for tequila, grapefruit, lime, and a dash of salt, giving this drink an added health benefit necessary in the summer heat: electrolytes!
Sugar Bowl, $10
Standout flavor: Watermelon
Not many flavors scream summer more than watermelon. Southie’s latest trendy spot has a drink with three simple ingredients: Ketel One, muddled watermelon, and cucumbers. As the name implies, you get exactly what you expect: a glass of sugary deliciousness.
Trina’s Starlight Lounge
Standout flavor: Pineapple
If you’re not a fan of drinks with a seasonal label, opt for this classic craft cocktail with a twist. Based on the algonquin cocktail, pineapple is added to the mix to give this strong drink a hint of summer.
Standout flavor: Prosecco
Pretend you’re people watching on the streets of Italy and grab a seat at one of the teal-colored outdoor tables with this classic cocktail made of aperol, prosecco, and soda in hand.
For those of you with summer Fridays, this South End restaurant is open for lunch on weekdays. Bring a large group with you; the beverage is available as a pitcher ($30).
Gin Gin Mule, $11
Standout flavor: Ginger
This Davis Square gem gets crowded quickly, but pop in at the bar and try this ginger-based drink.
The folks at Posto infuse their gin with ginger and add lime juice, ginger syrup, and mint. What you get is a drink that’s not sweet, not sour, just simply simple and smooth.
Standout flavor: Orange flower water
Don’t worry, bourbon (and mint julep) fans, we haven’t forgotten about you. This beverage has hints of cinnamon, pineapple, and best of all, has a floral scent that will leave you craving for more.
Remember to take advantage of the venue’s newly opened roof deck. It’s not summer if you can’t get some sun while you’re having some fun, right?
Centre Street Sanctuary
Hyde Square Shandy,$10
Standout flavor: Sam Adams Summer Ale
We know it can be hard to give up awesome seasonal beers that are popping up all over the city. Here’s a compromise: This shandy is made of Sam Summer, lemonade, pomegranate juice, St. Germaine, and grapefruit bitters. This way, you get the best of both worlds.
Centre Street Sanctuary ,365 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-942-8951
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