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Crazy cocktails: Back Bay edition

Posted by Alex Pearlman  May 29, 2012 11:50 AM

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cocktails.jpgBy Rachel Pennellatore

We’ve experienced an oddly nice deviation from New England weather this year, with an almost non-existent winter and a downright warm spring. With summer quickly approaching, it’s the season of outdoor dining (don’t forget your sunscreen!), or grabbing a shady seat at the bar when you need to cool off, and both are made better with a frosty beverage.  We’ll be making some recommendations for unique cocktails we find around the city, so take a break from your “usual” and order one of these when you’re out and about in Boston.

Last but not least, do we need to say it? Well, given Boston’s recent reputation as the“Drunkest city in America,” we probably do – please drink responsibly.

Here’s what we found around the Back Bay:

Frozen Avocado Colada ($10.50) – Found at Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, this mixture of Cruzan Dark Rum, avocado, coconut milk, and fresh pineapple was described by one rooftop deck patron as “filling, in a good way, and delicious.” You have to order food as well if you want to snag one of the tables on the patio on the roof, but you can sit at the bar or down in the restaurant too.

Wandering Poet ($8.50) - A blend of Absolut Vanilla Vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and sour mix, shaken and served straight up. This Parish martini is credited on the menu to Jen Jasmin of Via Matta, but no “matta” who invented it, this sweet and tangy drink is worth wandering in to find, or for people watching on Boylston Street from the sidewalk patio.

Orange Cinnamon Caipirinha ($9.00) – If you love rock and roll, or even if you -- ok I -- love “Call Me Maybe,” put a dime (or a dollar) in the jukebox and listen to your favorite song while you sip this bright-tasting citrus and spice mix of orange, cinnamon, and fresh lime blended with Ypioca Cachaca and served on the rocks, with an orange and cinnamon stick garnish, on the menu at Flash’s Cocktails.

Bubble Bomb ($10.00)The Pour House Bar & Grill is home to this variation on the typical Red Bull and vodka, substituting Three Olives Bubble Gum Flavored Vodka for the plain version. If you’re hungry, all burgers are half-price on Saturday nights from six to ten p.m., and Wednesday nights feature half-price grilled chicken sandwiches from six to ten p.m., although the kitchen is open until 1:30 a.m. for late-night munching.

Berry Nutty Professor ($12.00) – Walking into Max Brenner Boston, you’re instantly greeted with the scent of chocolate. The restaurant is reminiscent of something out of Willy Wonka’s Factory, and the entire menu is chocolate themed, including the drinks. The Berry Nutty Professor mixes Castries Peanut Liqueur, Frangelico, Chambord, and milk chocolate into a concoction so good you forget it contains alcohol. Garnished with a chocolate-and-nut-dipped strawberry, it’s perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth alongside anything else on the menu.

What are your favorite drinks in the Back Bay and where do you find them? Leave a comment!

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About Rachel -- I'm a tiny gal with big ideas who's always on the move. One day I'm going to use my vast amount of otherwise useless trivia knowledge to beat Ken Jennings' Jeopardy score. Likes: hula hooping, all things involving the 80's, delicious martinis, sunshine, proper grammar, baby animals. Dislikes: math, being cold, spiders, most vegetables, things in places I can't reach.

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