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Ten of The Weirdest Cocktail Ingredients in Town

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Gone are the days when top shelf spirits made drinking interesting. If a cocktail isn't on fire, afog with liquid nitrogen, mixed with long-forgotten bitters or garnished with misplaced kitchen ingredients, what's the point? So here are ten of the most unusual cocktail components in town, ranging from the obscure to the pickled to the invisible. Who knows where mixology will go from here, so enjoy these drinks before they're replaced by something even more bizarre. And happy Cocktail Week.


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1. Noir

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1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-8010
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Buttered pumpkin and hazelnut simple syrup channels the season in the The Great Pumpkin. The drink also features Benedictine and meringue.

2. Backbar

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9 Sanborn Ct.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0249
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Backbar often teams up with the adjacent and affiliated restaurant Journeyman to make use of unusual ingredients from the kitchen. A rotating sangrita selection now includes a pour of mezcal with "pickled apple cider," made with in-house pickled ramp brine.

3. The Hawthorne

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500A Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9150
Bar director Jackson Cannon says he may have access to the only private barrel of Genever in the world. You'll find the Dutch spirit in everything from sours to beer cocktails to The Dutch Oven: a riff on an Old Fashioned with bitters and absinthe served over an ice sphere. You can also find his Genever at the adjacent Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard.

4. Clio

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370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
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Clio probably has more unusual ingredients than any other bar in town, many of which are created using bartender Todd Maul's advanced gadgetry. Clear vodka tastes like blue cheese in the Blue Cheese “Stuffed” Vodka Martini thanks to the use of a Rotovap, alcohol “paint” coats the glass and then dissolves in drinks like Mary’s Liquor Cabinet, and enhanced ice cubes melt at a slower rate and contain flavors like Rosé-champagne-lime juice-strawberry-hibiscus.

5. City Bar

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65 Exeter Street
Boston, MA 02116-3505
(617) 933-4801
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White pepper adds mild spice to the honey, lemon, tequila, and chartreuse cocktail called the Mexican Monk.

6. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

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138 St. James Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 585-7222
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Creamy Boursin-stuffed olives top the list of optional garnishes here. Or would you prefer an olive stuffed with Roquefort in one of these legendary martinis.

7. Post 390

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406 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 399-0015
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Bacon-infused house-smoked Bulleit Bourbon takes front and center in the Fig n’ Pig. Other crazy ingredients at the bar include honey-cayenne syrup in the Deep Cleanse and habanero-stuffed olives in the Hot and Dirty.

8. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

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384 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 859-8555
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Fresh avocado is a creamy (and green!) addition to the Frozen Avocado Colada, which is a frosty mix of Cruzan Dark Rum, coconut milk, and fresh pineapple.

9. jm Curley

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21 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-5333
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Wormwood, which is one of the reasons absinthe was once banned, appears here in bitters form. These are used in the cocktail A Blos-y Movelemon, as is lemon and Cherry Heering.

10. Drink

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348 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 695-1806
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Xocolate Mole Bitters give the In Vida Veritas its smokiness. Combined with Benedictine and pine scented Zirbenz, this is an all out aroma fest.

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1. Noir

1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Buttered pumpkin and hazelnut simple syrup channels the season in the The Great Pumpkin. The drink also features Benedictine and meringue.
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Backbar

9 Sanborn Ct., Somerville, MA 02143
Backbar often teams up with the adjacent and affiliated restaurant Journeyman to make use of unusual ingredients from the kitchen. A rotating sangrita selection now includes a pour of mezcal with "pickled apple cider," made with in-house pickled ramp brine.
9 Sanborn Ct.
Somerville, MA 02143

3. The Hawthorne

500A Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Bar director Jackson Cannon says he may have access to the only private barrel of Genever in the world. You'll find the Dutch spirit in everything from sours to beer cocktails to The Dutch Oven: a riff on an Old Fashioned with bitters and absinthe served over an ice sphere. You can also find his Genever at the adjacent Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard.
500A Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

4. Clio

370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Clio probably has more unusual ingredients than any other bar in town, many of which are created using bartender Todd Maul's advanced gadgetry. Clear vodka tastes like blue cheese in the Blue Cheese “Stuffed” Vodka Martini thanks to the use of a Rotovap, alcohol “paint” coats the glass and then dissolves in drinks like Mary’s Liquor Cabinet, and enhanced ice cubes melt at a slower rate and contain flavors like Rosé-champagne-lime juice-strawberry-hibiscus.
370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

5. City Bar

65 Exeter Street, Boston, MA 02116-3505
White pepper adds mild spice to the honey, lemon, tequila, and chartreuse cocktail called the Mexican Monk.
65 Exeter Street
Boston, MA 02116-3505

6. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

138 St. James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Creamy Boursin-stuffed olives top the list of optional garnishes here. Or would you prefer an olive stuffed with Roquefort in one of these legendary martinis.
138 St. James Ave
Boston, MA 02116

7. Post 390

406 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116
Bacon-infused house-smoked Bulleit Bourbon takes front and center in the Fig n’ Pig. Other crazy ingredients at the bar include honey-cayenne syrup in the Deep Cleanse and habanero-stuffed olives in the Hot and Dirty.
406 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116

8. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

384 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Fresh avocado is a creamy (and green!) addition to the Frozen Avocado Colada, which is a frosty mix of Cruzan Dark Rum, coconut milk, and fresh pineapple.
384 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

9. jm Curley

21 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
Wormwood, which is one of the reasons absinthe was once banned, appears here in bitters form. These are used in the cocktail A Blos-y Movelemon, as is lemon and Cherry Heering.
21 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111

10. Drink

348 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210
Xocolate Mole Bitters give the In Vida Veritas its smokiness. Combined with Benedictine and pine scented Zirbenz, this is an all out aroma fest.
348 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210

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