Any bar slinger worth his bitters has a little cocktail creativity tucked away, to be unveiled on just the right occasion, or failing that, Boxing Day. And though it isn't yet Canada's sixth most popular holiday, we still managed to convince some of the town's top mix masters to unleash their off-the-menu concoctions now, only for you, by request, through the end of October.
Migration: Towne Stove & Spirits (Alexei Beratis) This season-straddling specialty features locally rooted Hurricane Rum (Nantucket) mixed w/ fresh New England-sourced apple cider, and rocks an orgeat (almond) backdrop garnished with a burnt orange rind, but not a burnt orange Grind, as that just involves Eric Nies and a crap ton of Crayolas.
English Garden: Deuxave (Vincent Stipo) An enhanced twist on the British-born gimlet, this baby blends fresh squeezed cucumber water, lime juice, basil-spiked syrup, and Plymouth gin, then tops it all off with dollops of an intricately blended gelatinous basil lime caviar that's been chemically altered -- not that the cops can do anything about it, what with Question #2 passing.
Hymn 133: Foundry on Elm (Andy Kilgore) This rugged South American-inspired specialty blends green Chartreuse and Pisco with the warm herb notes of honey, and orange bitters, who're just pissed they didn't have what it takes to learn Eric Nies's Step Turn.
Kendall Collins: Think Tank (Vincent Conte) The recently dried out/reopened Kendall Sqr bistrotheque is mixing a Bols Genever-fueled cold-weather play on the Tom Collins that enhances the classic lemon juice/simple syrup with Limoncello and Agave nectar before adding an herbacious underline of powdered cloves, also the only acceptable thing to smoke in English courtrooms.
The Red October: Basho (Bill Fagan) An Asian twist on Sean Connery's
greatest only submarine flick, this burly bourbon and acai liqueur blend is shaken with muddled shiso leaves/Luxardo cherries, poured over an ice-packed high ball, and topped off w/ Ginger Ale and a skewer of limes, who should've known better than to put Jeffrey Ross on their bday evite.
The Bee Secret: The Beehive (Bertil Jean-Chronberg) Because real men know pomegranate's packed with antioxidants, don't take your buddy's ish when ordering this shaken-not-stirred vodka martini juiced with organic pomegranate/cranberries, which is less likely to turn you into a Zombie the more you Let it Linger.