500A Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Cantineros Julep ($17): After wandering into this Kenmore Square favorite and asking bartenders Maeghan and Mackenzie for the smokiest beverage they could muster, I was presented with a two-mezcal julep. Infused with cinnamon syrup and topped with whiskey barrel bitters and fresh mint, over plenty of ice, it's simultaneously cool and smoldering. Like Ryan Gosling with mint leaves tucked behind his ear.
Hankering for dessert? Ask for an "Under the Volcano" ($14). Mezcal, Amaro, Sherry, and chocolate mole bitters, a quick trick involving orange peel and a burst of flame, and I was ready to leave cake behind forevermore in favor of this tasty treat. [Photo: Official Site]