Years ago, John Gertsen would stop by and see me after his shift ended at Salamander which used to be next to the Boston Public Library's old building entrance. When he moved on to No.9 Park, even closer, the tradition continued. A bourbon and a high life, I would see him walking in and try to have his drink on the bar before he could get down the stairs. Some things haven't changed- although we don't see each other as much with busy schedules, he's still enjoying the same after work libation. What has changed is his notoriety and well deserved accolades, Drink was just named the best cocktail bar in the world at Tales of the Cocktail. Best bar in the world. Wow. I can't argue with the award, behind the bar the other night was a group of all stars: Palmer Matthews, Ezra Starr,
Will Thompson. Ezra made us a Southside and Dejeuner, both light, citrusy and elegant, perfect refreshment for a summer evening.
2 oz gin
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
4 mint sprigs
Muddle mint lightly with the simple, add and shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a coupe.
.75 grapefruit juice
.75 St. Germain
Shake all ingredients with ice and serve in a cocktail glass. Substitute lemon for the grapefruit and I call it a Shaddock.
Many deserving congratulations to the whole team at Drink, and I always have Mr. Gertsen's shift drink waiting.
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