Brandy Rand

Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer

Bars with Buzz

Originally published in the Mar/Apr issue of Boston Common magazine –Bonus recipes below!

Get a jolt of caffeine from these top tea and coffee cocktails.

Blue on Highland This upscale suburban restaurant offers a bit of everything to please the whole family, including specialty martinis for parents. A jolt of Illy espresso with Godiva white-chocolate liqueur and vodka in the white-chocolate espresso martini will help you stay up way past the kids’ bedtime. 882 Highland Ave., Needham, 781-444-7001

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar While most might be tempted to stick with wine at this venerable steakhouse, the bar’s generous cocktails are a worthy treat. Have the sidecar, made with Rémy V.S.O.P., sweet Earl Grey tea, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon sour, and agave nectar. 217 Stuart St., 617-292-0808

Haru Located at the foot of the Shops at Prudential Center, this modern Japanese dining spot is a handy place to revive after a retail expedition. Skip the sake and pair your sashimi with a Tokyo Iced Tea, a combination of Absolut Wild Tea vodka, Art of Tea organic black tea, cranberry juice, sour mix, and Cointreau. 55 Huntington Ave., 617-536-0770

Il Casale Cucina Italiana & Bar There’s something about Italy—once you’ve been there, you crave the freshness of the cuisine and cocktails. Take the Black Dahlia, for instance, a lovely mix of house-infused black tea, Stoli Cranberi, house-made pomegranate grenadine, and lemon. It looks like an Italian sunrise in a glass. 50 Leonard St., Belmont, 617-209-4942

Julep Bar This financial district bar and lounge is perfect for unwinding after work. The standout cocktail list even has a signature mint julep sans bourbon for those wary of whiskey. It contains black tea and mint-infused vodka with sugar and mint sprigs, served in a shiny silver cup. 200 High St., 617-261-4200

Lumière This bistro’s focus on local and sustainable ingredients extends to its garden-to-glass cocktail list. The refreshing Gin & Jazz uses Hendrick’s gin, jasmine tea, Vya dry vermouth, and house-made cucumber-lime syrup. 1293 Washington St., Newton, 617-244-9199

Mezze Bar & Bistro The ambiance at this artisanal restaurant, perched atop a hill overlooking three beautiful acres in Western Massachusetts, is something special. It won’t take more than a cocktail, made with Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ethereal gin, Cynar, Punt e Mes, and chilled lemon verbena tea—aptly named the Bribery—to get you to stay for dinner. 777 Cold Spring Rd., Williamstown, 413-458-0123

62 Restaurant Tucked away in historic Salem, this Italian fine dining gem has a cozy bar with inventive cocktails. Spiced rum, a New England seafaring favorite, is mixed with orange spice tea, pear brandy, ginger, and lime in the Pearanha. 62 Wharf St., Salem, 978-744-0062;

Sonsie This Newbury Street restaurant is reliably fun for people watching and late-night revelry, with the cocktail menu driving the scene. A mainstay is the espresso martini, made with a shot of rich espresso, Smirnoff Vanilla vodka, Bailey’s Original Irish Cream, Kahlúa, and three coffee beans on top for an added buzz. 327 Newbury St., 617-351-2500

Towne Stove and Spirits Relax with a cocktail and watch the action unfold in both the open kitchen and the see-and- be-seen dining space. The China Pearl offers Zen with a kick, with green tea shaken with Grey Goose La Poire vodka, ginger liqueur, and peach nectar. 900 Boylston St., 617-247-0400

White-Chocolate Espresso Martini
2oz Freshly made Illy espresso
1oz of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1.5 oz Premium Vodka

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and serve in a chilled martini glass, Garnish with white chocolate shavings.

The China Pearl
2 oz Grey Goose Pear Vodka,
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur,
1/2 oz Pear Nectar
2 oz Green Tea
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain in to a martini glass.


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