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Union Bar and Grille: Caprice cocktail

Union Bar and Grille Caprice CocktailGin lovers are going to be happy with Union Bar & Grille’s new spring cocktail menu.

On a recent visit I had the opportunity to try a delicious gin concoction from Union Bar & Grille’s spring cocktail menu called The Caprice. It is made Brockmans gin.  You’ve probably never heard of this fragrant gin that is flavored with blueberry (you heard that correctly Brockmans is a blueberry gin).  It is new to the market and is not currently available for sale to the public and is only available at a few restaurants in the area.  Union Bar & Grille’s spring cocktail, The Caprice, is made with white lillet, Benedictine Candied Meyer lemon.  Let me know if you try The Caprice and what you think. Brockman’s could be my new favorite gin. I plan on going back to try a Brockman’s gin and tonic. #Addicted

Union Bar & Grille is located at 1357 Washington Street in the South End.

Moves & Shakers cocktail competition tomorrow

Boston cocktail competitionTomorrow evening I’ll be at the Cyclorama in Boston’s South End attending the 5th annual Movers & Shakers cocktail competition. If you love a good cocktail, you may want to check out this fun competition as some of the city’s best restaurants compete to craft a cocktail worthy being called a work of art.  Food pairings will be presented alongside these creative concoctions and best of all you get to vote to decide the favorites.

Tickets to the event that runs from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, April 23rd are $35.00 an can be purchased here.

Ultimate list of cocktails

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I ‘stumbled’ upon this chart while killing time on StumbleUpon earlier this month and thought this would be the perfect thing to share for a Saturday afternoon / early evening post.

Spencer Trappist Ale

Spencer Trappist AleWhen people think of local brewers, Sam Adams most likely comes to mind although the region does have an excellent collection of  brewers that deserve attention.  Last weekend NPR reported that there is one more brewery out in Western MA that may be worth checking out if only for the novelty. Spencer Trappist Ale has started selling their ale in Massachusetts this week, although I’ve not been able to identify where. UPDATE: In Boston, you can get this at Social Wines in Southie.

I associate the Trappist monks in Western MA with making delicious preserves so I’m intrigued. Apparently St. Joseph’s Abbey is only one out of ten Trappist abbeys worldwide to make ale and the only one outside of Europe.  More about this story can be read here.

Dear $18 cocktail

Philadelphia TourismJoe My God posted this photo from Penn Station earlier this week, and I have to admit I love the Visit Philly tourism banner. Maybe I need to book a trip to Philadelphia.

State cap on alcohol licenses for restaurants looks to be rescinded

SterlingsToday, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, filed a home rule petition to eliminate Massachusetts cap on alcohol licenses for restaurants.  

Currently, new licenses issued cannot be transferred and must return to the City if the restaurant is closing but it will grandfather existing licenses so that current owners may retain the ability to sell their license in the future if they choose. Lastly, this home rule will close the loophole that ties a license to a location rather than a business.

“The time for legislative action is now; cities should have control over the alcohol licensing process,” Pressley said. “It’s time for us, not the state, to determine how to economically revitalize our neighborhoods.” 

To this I can only say”Amen”.  Previous efforts to increase the number of licenses under the cap have failed.  This is the first time I’ve read about anyone trying to remove the cap.

Next Steps: The petition must be voted on by the City Council where it will hopefully pass and be signed by the Mayor.  Following that, both the State Senate and House will need to vote before being signed by the Governor.

Fingers Crossed.

For more information: Jessica Taubner (617) 635-4217

Cool cocktails

Each Wednesday my local wine shop, Brix, hosts local mixologists to come in and make interesting cocktails you can sample, then make at your home.  This week’s guest was the bar manager from Eastern Standard, Kevin Martin.

Kevin is a friendly and approachable and both drinks are his own personal creations, but can be made by anyone at Eastern Standard upon request.  Thanks to Kevin taking time to show me how to make the drink, now you too can learn to make two equally delicious but very different exotic cocktails.

Drink 1: Equinox                                                                                                                              This cocktail definitely screams “Autumn” with its hints of apple and spices.         1.5 ounces  Daron Fine Calvados                                                                                              3/4 ounce Fresh lemon juice                                                                                                           3/4 ounce Spiced Syrup                                                                                                                   Dash of Angostura Bitters                                                                                               Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and shake.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Drink 2: Houdini Cocktail                                                                                                                This is a great cocktail for gin lovers.                                                                                     1.5 ounces Bols Genever                                                                                                              3/4 ounce Benedictine                                                                                                                   3/4 Cocchi Americano                                                                                                                    Dash of orange bitters                                                                                                                       Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.