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Drink Up: 10 Cocktails Featuring Ginger Beer

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Dating back to the 1800s, long before ginger ale was even a thought, ginger beer is the fermented gingery beverage of choice for classic drinks like the Moscow Mule and the Dark and Stormy. This sometimes spicy beverage is a perfect treat for longer, sunnier days. Whether they're making it in house or pouring it right from the can or bottle, here are some restaurants currently making cocktails featuring ginger beer.


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1. Highland Kitchen

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150 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-1131
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Mark ’N' Stormy: A fun play off of a rum-based Dark and Stormy, this cocktail is made from a blend of Maker’s Mark Bourbon and house-made, scotch bonnet-infused ginger beer. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Russell House Tavern

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14 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 500-6055
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Always Sunny: On the 'Current Conceptions' section of the cocktail menu, the Always Sunny is a delightfully refreshing combination of rum, raspberry syrup, lime juice, orange bitters, and house-made ginger beer. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

3. Shojo

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(617) 423-7888
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Gin Gin Mule: Made from a citrus-infused gin and lemon, this cocktail is topped off with house-made ginger beer. [Photo: Yelp]

4. Commonwealth

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11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 945-7030
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Tommy Gun: A blend of rye, lime, and house-made ginger beer, dubbed “CW ginger beer." [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

5. Marliave

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10 Bosworth St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 422-0004
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Boston Tea Party: This cocktail, with a name that nods at one of Boston’s most famous tea “parties,” is a combination of tequila, earl grey, ginger beer, and lemon. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

6. Drink

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348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 695-1806
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Ginger Beer: While they pride themselves on not having a cocktail list and taking more of a “tell me what you like” approach, Drink also makes their own ginger beer to add to any number of cocktails. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

7. Blue Dragon

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324 A St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-8585
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Thai Basil Smash: Starting with Thai basil-infused rye, this cocktail is finished with lemon, Thai basil, and ginger beer. [Photo: Yelp]

8. Coda

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329 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-2632
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Santiago Mule: This cocktail swaps vodka for mezcal and then adds triple sec, dry vermouth, lime, and ginger beer to the mix for a twist on a Moscow Mule. [Photo: Facebook]

9. Franklin Cafe

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278 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 350-0010
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Port in the Storm: Combines extra dry rum, fresh lime, tawny port, and ginger beer. [Photo: Facebook]

10. Savin Bar and Kitchen

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112 Savin Hill Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
(617) 288-7500
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Sister Mary Ginger: Ginger beer is combined with vodka, earthy rosemary, and lemon, served straight up. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Highland Kitchen

150 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
Mark ’N' Stormy: A fun play off of a rum-based Dark and Stormy, this cocktail is made from a blend of Maker’s Mark Bourbon and house-made, scotch bonnet-infused ginger beer. [Photo: Facebook]
150 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

2. Russell House Tavern

14 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Always Sunny: On the 'Current Conceptions' section of the cocktail menu, the Always Sunny is a delightfully refreshing combination of rum, raspberry syrup, lime juice, orange bitters, and house-made ginger beer. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
14 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Shojo

Boston, MA 02111
Gin Gin Mule: Made from a citrus-infused gin and lemon, this cocktail is topped off with house-made ginger beer. [Photo: Yelp]

4. Commonwealth

11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142
Tommy Gun: A blend of rye, lime, and house-made ginger beer, dubbed “CW ginger beer." [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142

5. Marliave

10 Bosworth St, Boston, MA 02108
Boston Tea Party: This cocktail, with a name that nods at one of Boston’s most famous tea “parties,” is a combination of tequila, earl grey, ginger beer, and lemon. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
10 Bosworth St
Boston, MA 02108

6. Drink

348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Ginger Beer: While they pride themselves on not having a cocktail list and taking more of a “tell me what you like” approach, Drink also makes their own ginger beer to add to any number of cocktails. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

7. Blue Dragon

324 A St, Boston, MA 02210
Thai Basil Smash: Starting with Thai basil-infused rye, this cocktail is finished with lemon, Thai basil, and ginger beer. [Photo: Yelp]
324 A St
Boston, MA 02210

8. Coda

329 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Santiago Mule: This cocktail swaps vodka for mezcal and then adds triple sec, dry vermouth, lime, and ginger beer to the mix for a twist on a Moscow Mule. [Photo: Facebook]
329 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

9. Franklin Cafe

278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Port in the Storm: Combines extra dry rum, fresh lime, tawny port, and ginger beer. [Photo: Facebook]
278 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118

10. Savin Bar and Kitchen

112 Savin Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125
Sister Mary Ginger: Ginger beer is combined with vodka, earthy rosemary, and lemon, served straight up. [Photo: Facebook]
112 Savin Hill Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125

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