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Quarantine cocktails to get through your week

After 3+ weeks of  practicing some form of social distancing and self-quarantining, many of us have turned to video chat to try and stay connected with friends and family. Last week I joined my first virtual cocktail meet up and it was more fun than I would’ve expected.

My liquor cabinet doesn’t include most of the ingredients necessary for the six suggested cocktails but fortunately, the handsome bartender makes my favorite, a  gin & tonic. My preferred gin for a G&T is Bar Hill Gin. I like it so much I wrote about it here in 2015, Classic take on Gin & Tonic with Barr Hill Gin. What is your drink of choice these days?

Ina Garten says it’s cocktail hour – Cheers!

For all of you at home with nothing to do or in dire need of a distraction, enjoy this Tweet from @barstoolsports of Ina Garten showing us how to make the perfect Cosmpolitan. This video may well be the best thing you see all day.

Much thanks to my brother Tim for sharing.

Kiko from Boston Chops featured by The Boston Globe

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Photo credit: The Boston Globe

Anyone who knows Sergio or me, know that we regularly frequent Boston Chops South End on Washington Street.  A big reason is because of the staff who are a tight-knit group of fun professionals who make their bar is one of the best places to meet up with friends for a drink in the neighborhood.

One of my favorite bartenders in Boston is Kiko. His flamboyance, wit and charm is a draw.  While Boston Chops is not a gay bar – it is a place where the 30-something and 40-something gay men of Boston can often be found meeting for cocktails or grabbing a dinner, which only adds to the appeal when Kiko is holding court (a.k.a. tending bar).

Next time you go into Boston Chops congratulate Kiko for the feature in The Boston Globe and take a moment to read the full article, Getting Salty with Frank ‘Kiko’ Dutra of  Boston Chops

P.S. Kiko – I agree with you. To this day I still miss Pho Republique and I love the colorful regulars like Judy who frequent Boston Chops SE.

Dry January

French, FranceOn a whim last year, I decided to abstain from any alcohol through the month of January. I have to admit I was curious if I could make it the full 31-days without drinking anything because I basically drink water, coffee, tea and wine. There were definitely times during the month where this proved challenging but overall, I was really surprised at how easy it was for me to do it. Perhaps it was all my training as a practicing Catholic when I was younger and asked to give up something for the 40-days of Lent that made the 31-days of January seem easy or maybe it was the fact that Sergio rarely drinks. Regardless, I’ve decided to “go dry” once again this month so I apologize in advance to Brix (my favorite wine shop) for the loss in revenue.

To anyone else who may be doing the same, I wish you luck and will have a toast in your honor on Friday, February 1st.


Trump shutdown inspired cocktails for NYE parties

Since the Federal Government (specifically the US Congress and President) cannot seem to meet their minimum responsibilities of keeping the lights on I thought I would share these “Shutdown Cocktails” offered at D.C.’s Capitol Lounge. If the shutdown is still in effect on New Year’s Eve perhaps you may want to consider serving your own party themed shutdown cocktails.Trump shutdownFYI we are currently experiencing the third government shutdown in the Trump administration, which is amazing when you consider this has all happened while  Republicans control the Executive Branch and both the US Senate and House of Representatives. #Fail

Gardner’s summer solstice party is June 21st

Source: Isabella Stewart Gardner Facebook page

Next Thursday, on June 21st, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will celebrate the Summer Solstice at their monthly Third Thursday party.

Tickets are required to attend this party which is expected to sell-out so grab your tickets in advance if this is something you’d like to attend. Tickets may be purchased online at gardnermuseum.org, by calling the box office at (617) 278-5156 or at the door. Tickets include Museum admission. Ticket prices are as follows:  $15 for adults, $12 for seniors age 65 and up, $5 for students with a valid college ID.