The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? When it comes to cocktail culture, that phrase can be entirely accurate, to an extent. The main thing that remains the same is humanity’s enjoyment of imbibing liquor, and how the alcohol is mixed and with what is the part that changes.
But does it really change all that much? Together we can ponder this as we take a closer look at the various cocktail trends we’ve seen around Boston, and where you can plan to imbibe a few yourself, next time you’re in town.
Boston Cocktail Trends
A Return to the Classics
There will always be bars offering a plethora of newfangled concoctions that you won’t know whether or not you’ll enjoy until it’s too late. This isn’t the case with classic cocktails, and with bartenders across town aiming to please, we’ve seen an increase in the classics being offered. Make no mistake; a well-made classic is an utter delight to the taste buds. Head to Eastern Standard, one of the city’s finest flagship bars, and order a Freehand Old Fashioned made with plantation rum.
Quality Ingredients, Over Quantity
Waste is not “cool,” but sustainability and locally sourced, high-quality ingredients are very cool. These trends have absolutely translated into simple, streamlined, fresh cocktails. Head to the elegant Minibar and try to the El Luchadore 11: spiced Jose Traditional Tequila, Fresh Giner, Lime, Ginger Beer.
Gin, Gin, More Gin
Believe it or not, there are more cocktails made with gin than any other! Though it isn’t often in the limelight, gin has been wildly popular so far this year, and the mixologists are taking note and exploring with the alcohol even more. A great spot to sip on the shy classic is Our Fathers. Try the Bijou: Gine, Green Chartreuse, Italian Vermouth, Orange Bitters.
Why the tiki lifestyle ever went out of style is beyond us. What is there not to love about tropical decor, Hawaiian shirts, and all the delectable rum concoctions? Needless to say, many people are fully on the tiki train, and tiki bars have been popping all year. Tiki Rock is an exemplary tiki bar, and we recommend trying the Voracious Vixen: Tequila, Rum, Bols Blue Curacao, Grapefruit, Lime, Coconut Tiki Rock c. 2018.
Creative Infusions + Fermentation
For those cocktails that do have a few ingredients, you’ll find many of the ingredients to be unique infusions and even fermented infusions. This is certainly the case at Street Provisions in Boston. Try the Doctor’s Orders: Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Barenjager, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, Lemon, Rooibos Tea Syrup, Laphroaig 10yr.
Low-ABV Cocktails and Mocktails
In our ever-increasingly health-conscious society, it’s becoming much trendier to opt for lower ABV-cocktails or to forgo alcohol altogether and have a mocktail. People these days want to go out and have fun with friends and still wake up and hit the gym and feel energized. Restaurants and bars that offer these low alcohol drinks and mocktails make the ability to socialize and stay committed to ones physical fitness routine much easier!
Is it acceptable to plan a cocktail tasting trip around Boston? Absolutely. Should you reserve luxury accommodations to relax in, in between outings? Certainly. The centrally located Copley Square Hotel will serve your purposes rather well.