Dive deep into Boston’s cocktail scene and you’ll be rewarded richly with creatively crafted libations that combine the intellect our city is known for with palette-pleasing flavors. Couple that with the heart and soul of some of Boston’s top women mixologists, and you’ll know just where to go for your next adult beverage.
Grandpa’s Porch 5 pm–12 am, Mon.–Fri.; 11 am–12 am, Sat.–Sun.230 Hanover St., Boston — Haymarket T stop, limited street parking, Haymarket Center Garage How to Get There Cost: $12–$16 cocktails
by Bebe Hamilton
At Parla Boston, a speakeasy-style bar and restaurant in the North End, mixologist Bebe Hamilton can whip up one of her witty and original drinks like Grandpa’s Porch for you on the spot. The apricot flavor combined with honey makes for a subtly sweetened-up whiskey drink, reminiscent of summer nights spent on, well, grandpa’s porch.
Ingredients: Slow & Low Rock and Rye, Combier Liqueur d’Abricot, lemon, allspice dram, honey, rosemary
Mick Jagger 11 am–1 am, Mon.–Fri.;
by Kayla Quigley
10:30 am–1 am, Sat.; 10:30 am–10 pm, Sun.197 North Harvard St., Allston — Harvard St. T stop, 66 bus, Continuum building garage parking How to Get There Cost: $11–$14 cocktails
Beverage manager Kayla Quigley is behind the gin-based creations at Our Fathers, like the flower-adorned Mick Jagger cocktail, a concoction that suits music royalty. The London gin is a nod to the Rolling Stone’s rock-and-roll roots, mellowed out with rose and peach flavor.
Ingredients: Sipsmith London Dry Gin, cinnamon, peach, lemon, still rose
The Penicillin 4 pm–2 am, Mon.–Sun.2 Winter Pl., Boston — Downtown Crossing or Park St. T stops, discounted validation at Hyatt Regency garage How to Get There Cost: $10–$15 cocktails
by Nicole Lebedevitch
This drink plays around with the classics for a throat-soothing tonic perfect for Boston’s dropping temperatures. Nicole Lebedevitch—with years of previous experience at acclaimed restaurants Eastern Standard and The Hawthorne—serves up The Penicillin for guests at the sultry Yvonne’s like it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Ingredients: blended Scotch whisky, lemon, ginger, honey
Guayaba Arabica Opening Fall 2018Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, 90 Tremont St., Boston — Government Center T stop, limited street parking How to Get There
by Naomi Levy
As the name suggests, Naomi Levy’s Guayaba Arabica bridges the cultural gap between Cuba and the Middle East with hints of coffee in what would otherwise be a standard tropical rum drink. In fact, this guava and java creation landed Levy the winning title of the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in 2014.
Ingredients: Bacardi Superior, Les Vergers Boiron frozen guava fruit puree, coffee-scented simple syrup, lime juice, cilantro leaves, pinch of salt
1910 by Ezra Star4 pm–1 am, Mon.–Sun.348 Congress St., Boston — South Station T stop, SL1/SL2 bus, limited street parking How to Get There Cost: $12–$16 cocktails
Before Ezra Star worked her way up from barback to general manager at Drink, she studied medicine and biochemistry. Her knowledge of chemical processes might have come in handy when she invented cocktails such as the 1910 (the start of the Mexican Revolution)—an apt and adventurous mix of mezcal and cognac. Star tells Exhale the name is a riff off of a drink by Boston bartender Ben Sandroff called the 1919. “The drink is a blend of Italian, French, and Mexican spirits,” she says.
Ingredients: Mezcal, cognac, maraschino liqueur, Punt e Mes, Peychaud’s bitters