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Committee, home of the Smoke Show cocktail.
Committee, home of the Smoke Show cocktail.
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10 Smoky Cocktails to Take Summer From Grill to Glass

Everyone loves a good plate of ribs, but why limit barbecue to food form? Put away the charcoal and wile away your summer evenings sipping these smoky libations.

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Committee, home of the Smoke Show cocktail.
| Chris Coe for Eater

Everyone loves a good plate of ribs, but why limit barbecue to food form? Put away the charcoal and wile away your summer evenings sipping these 10 smoky libations at restaurants and bars around town.

Venues are listed geographically from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sarma

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249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-4464
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Woodsman's Bribe ($10): For a unique blend of smoke and a fruit-forward flavor, the folks at Sarma have struck an ideal balance — beginning by grilling lemons and letting them sit in vodka for a day or two. The resulting char-infused alcohol is combined with blackberry and oregano for a well-balanced summer sipper. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater]

2. La Brasa

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124 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-1412
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Oaxaca Flocka Flame ($13): La Brasa's wood-burning stove provides the perfect backdrop, and aroma, to partake in this delightful concoction. Mezcal is embellished with spicy Ancho Reyes, a chile liqueur, and topped off with zesty lemon and bitters — seemingly simple, but full of complex flavor. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater]

3. Alden & Harlow

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40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-2100
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In Hot Water ($12): Smooth Fidencio mezcal, smoked celery agave, and watermelon & serrano shrub create a smoky-sweet blend that's practically a picnic in a glass. With some Manzanilla and lime for extra oomph. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall for Eater]

4. The Sinclair

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52 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-5200
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Smoking the Hive ($13): If cocktails could set off smoke alarms, this would be the drink to do it. Bourbon, Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, and fiery Laphroaig converge to form an intense mixture mellowed with smoked honey and smoked sea salt. Beekeepers smoke the hive to keep bees calm, so after one of these you'll be the most tranquil bee on the block. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater]

5. Russell House Tavern

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14 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 500-6055
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Harvard Yard No. 3 ($13): The foundation of heavy-on-the-peat Laphroaig offers a hefty dose of campfire flavor. Balanced with port, herbal green Chartreuse, and a touch of salt, the No. 3 will become your new No. 1. [Photo: Cal Bingham for Eater]

6. Vialé

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502 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-1900
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Shish Kabob ($12): The constellation of charred, black flecks in this creation make you wonder whether you're in a bar or a backyard. Viale grills yellow peppers over a wood-burning flame, gives them a fine chop and puree, and adds pungent El Buho mezcal, Giffard Orgeat, ginger liquor, and lime. It's the most delicious kabob you'll ever drink. [Photo: Katie Chudy for Eater]

7. Committee

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50 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 737-5051
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Smoke Show ($14): Strawberry-infused Mayalen mezcal, orange-y Aperol, and earthy Amaro #4 — with a hint of cayenne — set the stage for the real star of this show, the candied bacon chips. Because nothing says "drinkable barbecue" like a pork garnish. [Photo: Chris Coe for Eater]

8. Craigie on Main

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853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511
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Continental Relic ($15): With Peat Monster scotch, sassafras-infused Dubonnet, and absinthe, this potent formula is not for the faint of heart. Since it resides on the dessert menu, you'll relish winding down the meal by imbibing in this peaty pleasure. [Photo: Cal Bingham for Eater]

9. The Hawthorne

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500A Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9150
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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]

10. The Bar at Clio and Uni

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370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
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The Cinder ($17): While dining at Uni I caught a whiff of something so woodsy and intoxicating, I had to track it down. My sleuthing lead me to lead bartender Charlie, who introduced me to The Cinder — a blend of Fidencio mezcal, Aperol, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, and burnt cinnamon syrup that tastes like a wondrous melding of Christmas and summer. The key to my olfactory hijacking? An artful process in which Charlie burns cinnamon and traps the smoke inside an overturned glass before adding the other components. The addictive scent lingers until you've nothing left to sip. [Photo: Facebook]

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1. Sarma

249 Pearl St, Somerville, MA 02145
Woodsman's Bribe ($10): For a unique blend of smoke and a fruit-forward flavor, the folks at Sarma have struck an ideal balance — beginning by grilling lemons and letting them sit in vodka for a day or two. The resulting char-infused alcohol is combined with blackberry and oregano for a well-balanced summer sipper. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater]
249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145

2. La Brasa

124 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
Oaxaca Flocka Flame ($13): La Brasa's wood-burning stove provides the perfect backdrop, and aroma, to partake in this delightful concoction. Mezcal is embellished with spicy Ancho Reyes, a chile liqueur, and topped off with zesty lemon and bitters — seemingly simple, but full of complex flavor. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater]
124 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

3. Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
In Hot Water ($12): Smooth Fidencio mezcal, smoked celery agave, and watermelon & serrano shrub create a smoky-sweet blend that's practically a picnic in a glass. With some Manzanilla and lime for extra oomph. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall for Eater]
40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. The Sinclair

52 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Smoking the Hive ($13): If cocktails could set off smoke alarms, this would be the drink to do it. Bourbon, Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, and fiery Laphroaig converge to form an intense mixture mellowed with smoked honey and smoked sea salt. Beekeepers smoke the hive to keep bees calm, so after one of these you'll be the most tranquil bee on the block. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater]
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Russell House Tavern

14 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Yard No. 3 ($13): The foundation of heavy-on-the-peat Laphroaig offers a hefty dose of campfire flavor. Balanced with port, herbal green Chartreuse, and a touch of salt, the No. 3 will become your new No. 1. [Photo: Cal Bingham for Eater]
14 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. Vialé

502 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Shish Kabob ($12): The constellation of charred, black flecks in this creation make you wonder whether you're in a bar or a backyard. Viale grills yellow peppers over a wood-burning flame, gives them a fine chop and puree, and adds pungent El Buho mezcal, Giffard Orgeat, ginger liquor, and lime. It's the most delicious kabob you'll ever drink. [Photo: Katie Chudy for Eater]
502 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Committee

50 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Smoke Show ($14): Strawberry-infused Mayalen mezcal, orange-y Aperol, and earthy Amaro #4 — with a hint of cayenne — set the stage for the real star of this show, the candied bacon chips. Because nothing says "drinkable barbecue" like a pork garnish. [Photo: Chris Coe for Eater]
50 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

8. Craigie on Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Continental Relic ($15): With Peat Monster scotch, sassafras-infused Dubonnet, and absinthe, this potent formula is not for the faint of heart. Since it resides on the dessert menu, you'll relish winding down the meal by imbibing in this peaty pleasure. [Photo: Cal Bingham for Eater]
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

9. The Hawthorne

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]

500A Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

10. The Bar at Clio and Uni

370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
The Cinder ($17): While dining at Uni I caught a whiff of something so woodsy and intoxicating, I had to track it down. My sleuthing lead me to lead bartender Charlie, who introduced me to The Cinder — a blend of Fidencio mezcal, Aperol, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, and burnt cinnamon syrup that tastes like a wondrous melding of Christmas and summer. The key to my olfactory hijacking? An artful process in which Charlie burns cinnamon and traps the smoke inside an overturned glass before adding the other components. The addictive scent lingers until you've nothing left to sip. [Photo: Facebook]
370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

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