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Highlights from Franklin County CiderDays 2013

For nineteen years—long before every magazine was telling us that "hard cider is easy choice for fall"—farmers and cider makers in western Massachusetts have gathered to celebrate autumn and their region's long relationship with apples. Originally a small harvest festival for local producer West County Cider, CiderDays has grown into the most recognized cider event in the United States. More

Where to Take a Date to Drink: 5 Romantic Spots for Cocktails in Boston

When your normal beat is geeking out on snack chips, it's a breath of fresh air (and...uh...fresh breath) to be asked to investigate romantic spots to sip cocktails. I've been living, drinking, and dating in Boston for a few years now and have gathered quite a bit of on-the-ground intel on where it's best to bring a date. Each of these cocktail destinations offers warm lighting, plenty of cozy seating for two, and most importantly, top-notch drinks. More

Where Bartenders Drink in Boston

Next up in our "Where Bartenders Drink" series? Boston. The area has more than its share of faux-Irish pubs, Sox/Patriots sports bars, and campus-adjacent underage drinker targets—but you can get fantastic cocktails in this town, too, or find a place to try beers you've never heard of. We asked eight Boston bartenders where they drink; here are their picks around the city (with lots of Cambridge, Somerville, and Allston, too). More

Hangover Helper: The Corned Beef Cheek Hash from Craigie On Main, Cambridge MA

Beef cheeks are braised until meltingly tender, the rich liquid enhanced by the rendered fat from the beef. If you're lucky, you'll get there on a day when they couple the beef cheeks with a few chunks of corned beef tongue. Tiny cubes of potatoes, turnips, celery root, squash, and onions are roasted until deeply browned, and the whole mess is topped with a perfectly poached egg. More

Beer History: Boston

Modern beer drinkers may associate Boston with the Boston Beer Company and Samuel Adams, but beer has been an important part of the city's identity since its earliest days—and it's been home to more than one eponymous beer company. More

Salep at Sofra Bakery and Café, Boston

I first encountered salep shortly after stepping off the plane in Istanbul, when I emerged from the metro into the touristy area surrounding the Blue Mosque. It was unusually cold outside—snowing, even—when I visited, so when I noticed a street vendor ladling a steaming, unfamiliar-looking beverage into cups for fellow tourists, I promptly joined the line. Not quite knowing what I was purchasing, I nevertheless felt sure I was in for something good, as my nose detected notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and something I couldn't recognize. With my first sip, I was hooked: the drink was sweet, creamy, and complex-tasting, and for the remainder of my trip, I treated myself to a hot cup each night. More

Which is the Best Local Eggnog in Boston?

The production that goes into making eggnog at my family's holiday party each year is such a ritual that it's borderline sacred, and buying eggnog is considered sacrilege. So forgive me, family, for I have sinned. But when I saw that High Lawn, the Lee, Massachusetts dairy farm that produces some of the most widely available premium milk in the Boston area, had gotten into the eggnog game, I figured it was worth a try. More

Hangover Helper: Jalapeno Chicken Sausage, Black Bean, and Egg Flatbread at Tory Row in Cambridge, MA

There are several nice egg options, but my current favorite when I've got some cobwebs to clear is the jalapeño chicken sausage, black bean, and scrambled egg flatbread with Vermont cheddar and pico de gallo ($9). Doesn't that sound at once filling, fog-cutting, and borderline healthyish? It certainly feels like all of those things early on a Sunday afternoon. More

Behind the Scenes at Bully Boy Distillery

Although Bully Boy Distillery's official unveiling to the Boston public was just a month ago, the brand of spirits sure is burgeoning. Will and Dave Willis (yep, they're brothers) work in a small, shiny warehouse in the Newmarket district of Roxbury, Massachusetts, doing everything from selecting the organic wheat to hand-labeling each and every bottle. More

Make These 5 Summer Cocktails from No. 9 Park in Boston

Ted Kilpatrick helms the bar program at No. 9 Park and has set his sights on pushing the limits of drinks that function alongside the fine dining menu. "Over the last year or so, I've been trying to get each menu a little more aggressive than the one before it," he said. He's well-versed in the classics, but Kilpatrick has a penchant for modern twists, as his summer drink menu makes apparent. More

Cool Drinks, Boston: Limeade at Cutty's

Everyone knows about the terrific sandwiches at Cutty's. What doesn't get the chatter it deserves is the limeade. Maybe most versions aren't bad, but a limeade that nails the sweet-tangy balance is strangely elusive. I imagine most of what makes or breaks any limeade is all in the proportions, but owner Charles Kelsey has a few tricks that make his stand out. More

Cool Drinks, Boston: Scott Holliday's Homemade Ginger Beer at Rendezvous

The ginger base consists of two components, raw and cooked. For the former he combines fresh lime juice, lemon juice, ginger juice, and pineapple juice; for the latter, he simmers ginger pulp extracted from the juicing step, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom for half an hour and strains the mixture. Then he combines the two parts, dilutes the mixture with water to the proper concentration, and carbonates it by putting it into a soda siphon. More

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