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The Prettiest Cocktails in Boston Right Now

Whether you can’t wait to post your next cocktail on Instagram or you just appreciate a nice-looking drink, try these eye-catching drinks around town

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A good cocktail is an experience that begins the moment the drink is set down in front of you. Bartenders know that customers drink with their eyes first, and it’s not difficult to find a cocktail with impeccable presentation in Boston’s bar scene. But in this age of Instagram, many bars are going above and beyond when it comes to beautiful drinks. Here are 14 of the most visually stunning cocktails you can order in and around Boston right now.

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1. Negroni Rose at Talulla

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377 Walden St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 714-5584
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The Negroni isn’t a drink that usually wins many beauty contests, but Talulla’s floral take on the classic would certainly take home a crown. Scottish gin, Campari, and rose petal vermouth are stirred up and garnished with an orange slice and dried rose petals.

Negroni Rose at Talulla
Negroni Rose at Talulla
Wayne Earl Chinnock

2. A Matter of Trust at the Longfellow Bar

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40 Brattle St #3
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-0001
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The Longfellow Bar’s marble bar top and large windows are an Instagrammer’s dream, and the cocktails don’t disappoint. A Matter of Trust is the fancy G&T you never knew you needed, made with Roku Japanese gin, Suze, Miro Vermut, honey, and locally-made tonic water. But it’s the house-made nori water boba that make this drink truly unforgettable.

A Matter of Trust at the Longfellow Bar
A Matter of Trust at the Longfellow Bar
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3. Pika at Artscience Culture Lab & Cafe

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650 E Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142
(857) 999-2193
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The Pika was one of the first cocktails that beloved late bar manager Tenzin Samdo made for Artscience. It’s a delicious blend of scotch, ginger, clarified lemon, honey, and St. Germain, flavored with alpine herbs that can be found in its namesake’s natural habitat. The elaborate garnish — a lychee foam topped with cayenne, turmeric, lavender, coconut, basil, and a rice paper hummingbird — is all part of the experience, allowing the drinker to get a slightly different aroma and flavor depending on what part of the bowl from which they sip.

Pika at Artscience Culture Lab & Cafe
Pika at Artscience Culture Lab & Cafe
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4. Que Será Será at Our Fathers

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197 N Harvard St
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 303-0101
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The Que Será Será is Our Fathers’ bar manager Sara Alvernaz’s creative take on sangria — with no wine or fruit in sight. Butterfly pea flower tea gives the cocktail its beautiful purple hue and a faint floral flavor that complements fruity quince gin and herbal yellow Chartreuse. Juniper berries and edible flowers provide the finishing touch.

Que Será Será at Our Fathers
Que Será Será at Our Fathers
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5. The Tide Is High at Better Sorts Social Club

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90 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 772-5834
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You’ve probably never had a cocktail that looks — or tastes — quite like The Tide Is High from Better Sorts. With rum, lime, kale juice, and banana liqueur, it’s “your morning smoothie meets a daiquiri,” as one bartender put it. The vivid green drink is garnished with an edible orchid.

The Tide Is High at Better Sorts Social Club
The Tide Is High at Better Sorts Social Club
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6. Tea Service at Yvonne's

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2 Winter Pl
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 267-0047
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As you might expect, tea at Yvonne’s is a glamorous affair, and there’s plenty of booze involved. The downtown supper club offers two different shareable tea cocktails served in unique and beautiful tea sets. Choose from the Swedish Tea Cup (Absolut Elyx, Cocchi Rosa, green tea, and bubbles) and the Tea Trade (scotch, chai tea, East India sherry, and vanilla).

Tea Service at Yvonne’s
Tea Service at Yvonne’s
Drew Katz

7. Snowbunny at Trade

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540 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 451-1234
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Trade is ready for summertime with this adult twist on a classic snow cone. Vodka, elderflower, and lemon are topped with crushed ice, blackberry liqueur, and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Snowbunny at Trade
Snowbunny at Trade
Amanda Lewis

8. El Camino at Committee

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50 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 737-5051
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This tart and creamy creation with its eye-catching Tarot card garnish is just begging to be photographed. And Committee’s El Camino, made with tequila, lime, turmeric, agave, and house-made coconut cream, tastes as good as it looks.

El Camino at Committee
El Camino at Committee
Ben Spinney

9. Watermelon at Saltie Girl

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281 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-0691
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This two-toned beauty is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail. Saltie Girl bar manager Christiano Souza combines watermelon juice with ice wine vinegar before mixing it with maraschino liqueur, simple syrup, and lime juice. The drink is topped with butterfly pea flower-infused rum and garnished with pickled watermelon rind.

Watermelon at Saltie Girl
Watermelon at Saltie Girl
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10. Box Office at the Ghost Walks

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57 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 263-8932
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The cocktails at the Ghost Walks are all about theatrics, and the Box Office takes that inspiration literally. Buried inside a popcorn bucket — filled with actual popcorn — is a tasty drink made with bourbon, sherry, lemon, blood orange, and butterscotch. You’d be hard-pressed to find a cocktail more fun.

The “box office” cocktail at the Ghost Walks
The Box Office at the Ghost Walks
The Ghost Walks [Official Photo]

11. I Didn’t Text You, Tequila Did at Citrus & Salt

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142 Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02116
(833) 324-8787
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If you could capture the cheerful white and pink coastal Mexican decor of Citrus & Salt in a glass, it would look like the I Didn’t Text You, Tequila Did. This gorgeous guava-flavored tequila sour is topped with eggwhite foam and a skull design. You — or the tequila — will certainly be texting photos of it before the night is done.

citrus & salt
I Didn’t Text You, Tequila Did at Citrus & Salt
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12. Shore Leave Cocktail at Shore Leave

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11 William E Mullins Way
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 530-1775
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In true Tiki fashion, all of Shore Leave’s drinks are impressive and elaborate, but their eponymous cocktail is one of the prettiest — and tastiest. The garnish may vary nightly, but the one thing certain to grace your Tiki mug will be a piece of house-made Angostura sea foam candy.

The Shore Leave cocktail — in a signature Shore Leave coconut Tiki mug — sits isolated on a dark surface
Shore Leave Cocktail at Shore Leave
Reagan Byrne

13. Aloha Catrina at Tiger Mama

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1363 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 425-6262
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There are some pretty spectacularly garnished cocktails on Tiger Mama’s Tiki menu, but it’s hard to beat the Aloha Catrina for pure wow factor. The skull mug is garnished with a crown of marigolds and pineapple fronds. You’ll want to have your camera ready when a dusting of cinnamon causes some serious pyrotechnics. Like the garnish, this tequila cocktail is fun and fruity with a hint of smoke.

Aloha Catrina at Tiger Mama
Aloha Catrina at Tiger Mama
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14. Vivir Soñando at Blossom Bar

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295 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 734-1870
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The presentation of Blossom Bar’s cocktails is all about small details done right, as the Vivir Soñando shows. This lower ABV drink is made with Aperol, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and macadamia cream.

Vivir Soñando at Blossom Bar
Vivir Soñando at Blossom Bar
Ran Duan

1. Negroni Rose at Talulla

377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Negroni Rose at Talulla
Negroni Rose at Talulla
Wayne Earl Chinnock

The Negroni isn’t a drink that usually wins many beauty contests, but Talulla’s floral take on the classic would certainly take home a crown. Scottish gin, Campari, and rose petal vermouth are stirred up and garnished with an orange slice and dried rose petals.

377 Walden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. A Matter of Trust at the Longfellow Bar

40 Brattle St #3, Cambridge, MA 02138
A Matter of Trust at the Longfellow Bar
A Matter of Trust at the Longfellow Bar
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

The Longfellow Bar’s marble bar top and large windows are an Instagrammer’s dream, and the cocktails don’t disappoint. A Matter of Trust is the fancy G&T you never knew you needed, made with Roku Japanese gin, Suze, Miro Vermut, honey, and locally-made tonic water. But it’s the house-made nori water boba that make this drink truly unforgettable.

40 Brattle St #3
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Pika at Artscience Culture Lab & Cafe

650 E Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142
Pika at Artscience Culture Lab & Cafe
Pika at Artscience Culture Lab & Cafe
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

The Pika was one of the first cocktails that beloved late bar manager Tenzin Samdo made for Artscience. It’s a delicious blend of scotch, ginger, clarified lemon, honey, and St. Germain, flavored with alpine herbs that can be found in its namesake’s natural habitat. The elaborate garnish — a lychee foam topped with cayenne, turmeric, lavender, coconut, basil, and a rice paper hummingbird — is all part of the experience, allowing the drinker to get a slightly different aroma and flavor depending on what part of the bowl from which they sip.

650 E Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142

4. Que Será Será at Our Fathers

197 N Harvard St, Boston, MA 02134
Que Será Será at Our Fathers
Que Será Será at Our Fathers
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

The Que Será Será is Our Fathers’ bar manager Sara Alvernaz’s creative take on sangria — with no wine or fruit in sight. Butterfly pea flower tea gives the cocktail its beautiful purple hue and a faint floral flavor that complements fruity quince gin and herbal yellow Chartreuse. Juniper berries and edible flowers provide the finishing touch.

197 N Harvard St
Boston, MA 02134

5. The Tide Is High at Better Sorts Social Club

90 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
The Tide Is High at Better Sorts Social Club
The Tide Is High at Better Sorts Social Club
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

You’ve probably never had a cocktail that looks — or tastes — quite like The Tide Is High from Better Sorts. With rum, lime, kale juice, and banana liqueur, it’s “your morning smoothie meets a daiquiri,” as one bartender put it. The vivid green drink is garnished with an edible orchid.

90 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108

6. Tea Service at Yvonne's

2 Winter Pl, Boston, MA 02108
Tea Service at Yvonne’s
Tea Service at Yvonne’s
Drew Katz

As you might expect, tea at Yvonne’s is a glamorous affair, and there’s plenty of booze involved. The downtown supper club offers two different shareable tea cocktails served in unique and beautiful tea sets. Choose from the Swedish Tea Cup (Absolut Elyx, Cocchi Rosa, green tea, and bubbles) and the Tea Trade (scotch, chai tea, East India sherry, and vanilla).

2 Winter Pl
Boston, MA 02108

7. Snowbunny at Trade

540 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Snowbunny at Trade
Snowbunny at Trade
Amanda Lewis

Trade is ready for summertime with this adult twist on a classic snow cone. Vodka, elderflower, and lemon are topped with crushed ice, blackberry liqueur, and a dusting of powdered sugar.

540 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210

8. El Camino at Committee

50 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
El Camino at Committee
El Camino at Committee
Ben Spinney

This tart and creamy creation with its eye-catching Tarot card garnish is just begging to be photographed. And Committee’s El Camino, made with tequila, lime, turmeric, agave, and house-made coconut cream, tastes as good as it looks.

50 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

9. Watermelon at Saltie Girl

281 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116
Watermelon at Saltie Girl
Watermelon at Saltie Girl
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

This two-toned beauty is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail. Saltie Girl bar manager Christiano Souza combines watermelon juice with ice wine vinegar before mixing it with maraschino liqueur, simple syrup, and lime juice. The drink is topped with butterfly pea flower-infused rum and garnished with pickled watermelon rind.

281 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116

10. Box Office at the Ghost Walks

57 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
The “box office” cocktail at the Ghost Walks
The Box Office at the Ghost Walks
The Ghost Walks [Official Photo]

The cocktails at the Ghost Walks are all about theatrics, and the Box Office takes that inspiration literally. Buried inside a popcorn bucket — filled with actual popcorn — is a tasty drink made with bourbon, sherry, lemon, blood orange, and butterscotch. You’d be hard-pressed to find a cocktail more fun.

57 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116

11. I Didn’t Text You, Tequila Did at Citrus & Salt

142 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
citrus & salt
I Didn’t Text You, Tequila Did at Citrus & Salt
Sarah Storrer/Eater

If you could capture the cheerful white and pink coastal Mexican decor of Citrus & Salt in a glass, it would look like the I Didn’t Text You, Tequila Did. This gorgeous guava-flavored tequila sour is topped with eggwhite foam and a skull design. You — or the tequila — will certainly be texting photos of it before the night is done.

142 Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02116

12. Shore Leave Cocktail at Shore Leave

11 William E Mullins Way, Boston, MA 02118
The Shore Leave cocktail — in a signature Shore Leave coconut Tiki mug — sits isolated on a dark surface
Shore Leave Cocktail at Shore Leave
Reagan Byrne

In true Tiki fashion, all of Shore Leave’s drinks are impressive and elaborate, but their eponymous cocktail is one of the prettiest — and tastiest. The garnish may vary nightly, but the one thing certain to grace your Tiki mug will be a piece of house-made Angostura sea foam candy.

11 William E Mullins Way
Boston, MA 02118

13. Aloha Catrina at Tiger Mama

1363 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
Aloha Catrina at Tiger Mama
Aloha Catrina at Tiger Mama
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

There are some pretty spectacularly garnished cocktails on Tiger Mama’s Tiki menu, but it’s hard to beat the Aloha Catrina for pure wow factor. The skull mug is garnished with a crown of marigolds and pineapple fronds. You’ll want to have your camera ready when a dusting of cinnamon causes some serious pyrotechnics. Like the garnish, this tequila cocktail is fun and fruity with a hint of smoke.

1363 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

14. Vivir Soñando at Blossom Bar

295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
Vivir Soñando at Blossom Bar
Vivir Soñando at Blossom Bar
Ran Duan

The presentation of Blossom Bar’s cocktails is all about small details done right, as the Vivir Soñando shows. This lower ABV drink is made with Aperol, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and macadamia cream.

295 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445

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