This summer, when the clouds darken and thick, warm rain drops begin to pelt your bare sunburnt shoulders, veer off the beaten Dark ‘n’ Stormy path and into a dimly lit bar serving up a ginger cocktail more worthy of your attention. I know, you love the Dark ‘n’ Stormy; pairing bold, sweet and spicy flavors of booze and ginger beer is fucking ingenious, but it really is just another soda and single spirit combination,
almost as boring as a—dare I say—vodka and cran.
Boston is brimming with creative cocktail slingers and we should give them every opportunity to showcase their craft. Also, their masterpieces are more flavorful (ahem … alcoholic) then Gosling’s trademarked beverage.
Lord Hobo in Cambridge serves a cocktail of Fernet Branca, The King’s Ginger Liqueur, and lemon that is shaken with ice and strained into a chilled stemless martini glass. The Sloppy Possum ($10), as they call it, is aromatic and highly herbal. Fernet is said to contain 27 different spices and herbs from around the world and The King’s Ginger packs a zesty punch, yet the flavors are surprisingly complementary and the beverage is smooth and refreshing.
After three, I felt on my way to sloppy, but luckily far from possum-like. Maybe that hits you at number four.
At Citizen Public House, order a Gina’s Ginger Beer ($8). Served in a highball glass over ice with a wedge of lemon, this beer-tail features Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, fresh lemon, and Narragansett beer. Both skeptics and advocates of ’Gansett may be wary of this combination but, for the love of ginger, give it a shot. The flavor of the lager transforms with the addition of the Canton, a liqueur derived from baby Vietnamese ginger, into a bright but subtle ginger beer.
During Hurricane Sandy, The Haven in Jamaica Plain kept its doors open to all those willing to brave the rains. Their enticement and reward was The Perfect Storm ($10), a super-charged Dark ‘n’ Stormy made with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, created for the occasion. It is served in a pint glass over ice with the bottle of Crabbie’s on the side to finish at your leisure (it never lasts long).
While it isn’t featured on their cocktail menu it is still available and highly recommended. After an arduous day at the office, sitting at The Haven’s cozy bar with a Perfect Storm in hand is exactly what you want to be doing. My friend and I were recently in this exact situation and he toasted to “gingerly approaching the future,” to which I, naturally, groaned, rolled my eyes, slurped up my Perfect Storm and found myself
CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE AND OYSTER BAR. 1310 BOYLSTON ST., BOSTON. @CITIZENPUB. CITIZENPUB.COM.
LORD HOBO. 92 HAMPSHIRE ST., CAMBRIDGE. @LORDHOBO. LORDHOBO.COM.
THE HAVEN. 2 PERKINS ST., JAMAICA PLAIN. @THEHAVENJP. THEHAVENJP.COM.