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Crafting Cocktails: Sean Earley’s Ward 8

A whiskey cocktail, the Ward 8 is a historic drink created during the Lomasney campaign around the turn of the century. “This campaign kind of changed the face of Boston with how it evolved. So it’s a celebration cocktail for his Ward 8 district, which is the land that we stand on here. It was that voting district that put him over the top.”

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Crafting Cocktails: Sean Earley’s Jet Pilot

This cocktail falls in the tiki category which Sean describes as especially important because “tiki brings the fun to cocktails; they always have bold flavors, and bring a smile to the bar.” In Sean’s version, the drink also brings fire to the bar with a flaming lime peel.

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Crafting Cocktails: Paulo Pereira’s DID

The most common question I get with this cocktails was what does the name stand for? The answer is a Damsel in Distress… a reference to Princess Peach, the often imprisoned princess in countless video games. This light and flavorful cocktail features a lemongrass infused genever, one of the most interesting spirits I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Genever, the grandfather of gin, is a unique blend of malty, aromatic and woody that is a lot of fun to play with in creating cocktails.

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Crafting Cocktails: Paulo Pereira’s B’s Knees

I wanted to take a classic and bump it up a little bit when I created the B’s Knees. With the same base as the classic Bee’s Knees, (lemon, honey & gin) I added fresh some fresh components, basil and cucumber, as well as the spiced pear liqueur to really have the flavor of the cocktail pop. I changed the spelling of the name in memory of a great man and friend we lost way too soon, Chef B. Feel like he’d enjoy one of these after a long night in the kitchen.

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Crafting Cocktails: Paulo Pereira’s Mariana

This variation came about while sitting with my parents and wife around a table outside one day. My father had heard of and sampled Caiparinhas with the addition from some of his Brazilian friends. After making us a round, my wife had the idea of adding the maraschino liqueur and after some experimenting the Mariana was born.

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Crafting Cocktails: Ryan Lotz’s Civetta Magra

A margarita variation, the name is Italian for the “Skinny Owl.” “It’s a bit of an inside joke…another bartender here used to make margaritas with agave nectar instead of orange liqueur which is a little sweeter. When she left, I wanted to put a cocktail on the list for her. We used to take Italian classes together, and she used to wear a lot of owl jewelry for her sorority. Our Italian teacher used to yell at her because in Italian “una civetta” is a lady of the night.

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Crafting Cocktails: Ryan Lotz’s Ramos Gin Fizz

Notoriously a timely drink to make, Ryan explains that New York’s Don Lee, who was a bartender at PDT, broke this one down to a faster way of making it. “You shake it with one cube of really nice ice instead of shaking it for 20 minutes, and then just add more soda water than you typically would, which actually ends up with a much nicer texture.”

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Crafting Cocktails: Ryan Lotz’s Bene and the Jets

This is a variation on a classic tiki cocktail called a Jet Pilot. “These are complex and really tough drinks to make; there’s a lot of ingredients, layering all those ingredients together can be difficult…there’s a lot of room for error, but there’s also a lot of room for cocktails that really sing…I’ve never put that drink in front of a person who didn’t smile and take a picture of it.”