Food & Drink

The 5 cocktails you need to drink this weekend

Published On 05/22/2014 Published On 05/22/2014
Connie Miller

Boston It's been a long week. And it's only Thursday. Luckily, you have an extra day of drinking this weekend. You should fill it with cocktails. But not just any cocktails. You're filling your weekend with $100-plus concoctions designed for entire groups, and libations made with... breakfast cereal?

GEM

GEM Italian Kitchen, Nightclub, & Lounge (info and address)
Downtown
GEM Italian Kitchen, Nightclub & Lounge launches you into orbit with the Bottle Rocket, an enormous sharable cocktail ($145) for your entire crew (that’s no moon…). It has more parts than the space shuttle and packs plenty of fuel: Pavan, vodka, soda water, strawberries, oranges, and an entire bottle of Champagne.  Continue Reading

Social Restaurant & Bar

Social Restaurant & Bar (info and address)
Newton
Newton Corner’s new go-to lounge, Social Restaurant & Bar, has an array of signature libations to help ease you into post-work Summer chill time. For a new twist on an old favorite, Social’s mixmasters stir up the Maple Manhattan made with Bulleit bourbon, maple liqueur, and cherry bitters.  Meat and fire bonus: check out their Hot Rocks appetizer that enables guests to sear seasoned pieces of sirloin on a large 600-degree stone (!) -- tableside (do not touch. HOT!).

Merrill & Co.

Merrill & Co. (info and address)
South End
Beverage Director Kevin Mabry (also of JM Curley) goes totally mad scientist with the Leviathan, a crazy concoction of rum, Thai chili Aperol, honey, lime, and bitters. Afraid of the heat? Then there’s the ‘Gansett 75, a thirst quencher with gin, lemon, simple syrup, and (of course) ‘Gansett. Bonus: cocktails are available by the pitcher.

Boston Nightlife Ventures

Wink & Nod (info and address)
South End
Thrill seekers with deep pockets should head to Wink & Nod for their new and very extravagant LuLu White. This $100 (yep) sipper contains Martell Grand Creation Cognac, Peychaud’s, Meyer lemon sugar cubes, and a Butterfly absinthe rinse. If that’s too rich for your blood, try one of their original May cocktails. This month they are all named after famous ladies from the '80s, such as the LeBrock (Kilchoman Loch Gorm, Aperol, lime juice, maraschino liqueur) or the Benatar (Brugal 1888 rum, dry Curacao, sweet vermouth, Fernet Branca). Hit ‘em with your best shot.

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Russell House Tavern (info and address)
Harvard Square
Russell House Tavern’s Bar Manager Sam Gabrielli uses fresh juices and syrups for all of his concoctions because he knows what you big kids like. Literally. He recently started making infusions with some of your favorite cereals. Pull up some old Bugs Bunny on your phone while you enjoy Applejack’s Rose (Apple Jacks-infused Applejack, house-made grenadine, lime juice), Cinnamon Toast Mudslide (Cinnamon Toast-infused Bacardi, Luxardo Espresso Liquer, Irish cream), or the Golden Graham Manhattan (Golden Grahams-infused Jack Daniels, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Angostura bitters). That’s all, folks!

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1. GEM Italian Kitchen, Nightclub & Lounge 42 Province St, Boston, MA 02108 (Downtown Crossing)

GEM couldn't decide what it wanted to be when it grew up so it decided to be everything! Welcome to Boston's premier combination Italian kitchen, nightclub, AND lounge.

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2. Social Restaurant & Bar 320 Washington St, Newton, MA 02458 (Newton)

Social is a go-to lounge, with cocktails like the Maple Manhattan made with Bulleit bourbon, maple liqueur, and cherry bitters. Bonuses include a grill-your-own option -- a Hot Rocks appetizer that enables guests to sear seasoned pieces of sirloin on a large 600-degree stone (!) -- tableside (do not touch. HOT!).

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3. Merrill & Co. 1 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116 (South Boston)

Come to Merril for something between comfort food and fine dining -- you might grab some of their delicious catfish, you might grab some of their tender BBQ ribs, you might just grab something from their craft cocktail menu -- but you will definitely not regret stopping by.

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4. Wink & Nod 3 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116 (South End)

Boston Nightlife Ventures' new speakeasy has made a home for the pop-up Whisk, so you can enjoy your cocktails made with Cutty Sark Prohibition Scotch alongside bites like squid ink tagliatelle pasta with baby octopus.

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5. Russell House Tavern 14 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

Named for the 19th century Harvard furniture dealer that first occupied the building, RHT is a two-floored pub/resto in bustling Harvard Square, brought to you from the owners of Grafton Street/Temple Bar. RHT's slinging a New England-heavy menu of modern American "artisanal fare" and craft beers. Their craft cocktail is also definitely worth checking out.

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