Trying new things. What a foreign concept! Especially when it comes to cocktails, where it’s just so easy to fall back on “the usual.” But thanks to Boston celeb-chef Barbara Lynch, creator of such culinary havens as No. 9 Park and B&G; Oysters, Fort Point now has Drink, an amazing bar that truly is “dedicated to the craft of the cocktail.” Walk by outside and catch a glimpse underground of the space that appears more sashimi bar than cocktail bar. No raw fish here though. This place is focused on one entity: the cocktail.
There is no drink menu at Drink. Ask for one, and you’ll be told it doesn’t exist. Instead, the bartenders, who deserve titles as accurate as “cocktail chef,” tell guests to name a flavor, or liquor, they would like to explore. In the spirit of adventure, our first pick was tequila. Josie quickly whipped us up a “Maximilian Affair,” as luscious and decadent as it sounds. Made with a tequila base and infused with St. Germain, the French elderflower liqueur, and served over crushed ice, we were ready for another in mere minutes. But this experimental mode had us interested, so we decided to go where we’ve never been before: Bourbon. Expert mixologist Josie made us a “Ben Rickey,” a combination of Old Fitzgerald bourbon, fresh lime juice, and soda water. Her expertise on the origin of bourbon was extraordinary, as was the cocktail. While prying over the bar, we noticed almost an apothecary of bottles inside. We asked to see the gigantic lemon juice, which was labeled “2/2, 5:00.” As in, fresh from the day we arrived. Clearly, Barbara Lynch’s concept of a bar truly dedicated to the craft of the cocktail is working. On a Monday evening, the location was bustling with customers. And with every drink at the $10 price, there’s not much to complain about. Except maybe, that you were forced to try a few new things. In that case, you can just blame Barbara Lynch.
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