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The DTO Map: Where to Find a Daiquiri Time Out

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Boston's rum tradition is nearly as old as Boston itself. Without the city's thirst for the sugar-distilled spirit, there'd have been no Great Molasses Flood. A recent addition to this tradition is the Daiquiri Time Out. Part drink, part ritual, it involves putting life's curveballs on hold by first having a well-made daiquiri. Usually just called a DTO, it's described by its creator, Andrew Deitz, as "a modern day drinking ritual that celebrates that act of taking a moment."

The way Deitz tells it (though there are other stories told as to its origin), the DTO was conceived when he and some friends on Martha's Vineyard were discussing another's actions after an unfortunate situation and decided he'd have handled himself better had he had a daiquiri first. The ritual spread to Boston bartenders, and the DTO now appears on many menus throughout town. Here is Eater's list of DTOs you can find around Boston. The DTO is meant to be spontaneous, so many of the listed drinks may not be available, but any of these bars would be happy to mix up a variant on the fly the next time you need a time out.

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Daddy Jones

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Plantation dark rum and falernum in "Dmitra's DTO" at Daddy Jones.

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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On his first official night of service: Tyler Wang's DTO with Plantation Grande Reserve

Bronwyn

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The DTO is all Boston, but Bronwyn's Scandinavian Time Out uses Swedish Punsch, Demerara syrup, and grapefruit oil.

Backbar

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A DTO is meant to be a spontaneous event, so it is appropriate if some opportunities to have one are fleeting. If you were at Backbar for a few nights in September, you could have had guest bartender Nick Korn's Star Wars Time Out.

West Bridge

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Josh Taylor's Thyme Out (oh, Josh!) uses Plantation rum and a simple syrup made with lemon zest and thyme.

Catalyst Restaurant

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Catalyst is so serious about the DTO, they have one as a special every day. Here: a Diplomatico Swedish Punsch DTO.

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

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Order a DTO at Citizen on Tiki Tuesday, and if you're lucky enough, it just might come in a freaking pineapple.

Eastern Standard

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Eastern Standard's Chappaquiddick DTO, here made with high end rums from Plantation and Privateer

Locke-Ober

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This is one DTO that will never be had again. But it is one of the last drinks ever served at the landmark restaurant that closed last year. Likely ordered after the doors had already locked.

Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

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The most basic DTO is rum, lime, and simple syrup. This Bacardi Superior version from Stoddards is just that, and there's not a thing wrong with it.

Tavern Road

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DTOs take on many flavors, even in the same bar. On the left, Zacapa and demerara syrup. On the right, Plantation 3 Star and hibiscus/sage syrup.

DTOs are often made for a large crowd on the fly. Here, a communal blueberry Barbancourt Tabasco DTO at Drink

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

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What do Boston bartenders do before their flight to the New Orleans cocktail convention Tales of the Cocktail? They pre-batch lime juice, syrup, and rum in TSA-approved baggies and make Mile-High DTOs. Yes, this actually happened.

Daddy Jones

Plantation dark rum and falernum in "Dmitra's DTO" at Daddy Jones.

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

On his first official night of service: Tyler Wang's DTO with Plantation Grande Reserve

Bronwyn

The DTO is all Boston, but Bronwyn's Scandinavian Time Out uses Swedish Punsch, Demerara syrup, and grapefruit oil.

Backbar

A DTO is meant to be a spontaneous event, so it is appropriate if some opportunities to have one are fleeting. If you were at Backbar for a few nights in September, you could have had guest bartender Nick Korn's Star Wars Time Out.

West Bridge

Josh Taylor's Thyme Out (oh, Josh!) uses Plantation rum and a simple syrup made with lemon zest and thyme.

Catalyst Restaurant

Catalyst is so serious about the DTO, they have one as a special every day. Here: a Diplomatico Swedish Punsch DTO.

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

Order a DTO at Citizen on Tiki Tuesday, and if you're lucky enough, it just might come in a freaking pineapple.

Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard's Chappaquiddick DTO, here made with high end rums from Plantation and Privateer

Locke-Ober

This is one DTO that will never be had again. But it is one of the last drinks ever served at the landmark restaurant that closed last year. Likely ordered after the doors had already locked.

Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

The most basic DTO is rum, lime, and simple syrup. This Bacardi Superior version from Stoddards is just that, and there's not a thing wrong with it.

Tavern Road

DTOs take on many flavors, even in the same bar. On the left, Zacapa and demerara syrup. On the right, Plantation 3 Star and hibiscus/sage syrup.

Drink

DTOs are often made for a large crowd on the fly. Here, a communal blueberry Barbancourt Tabasco DTO at Drink

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

What do Boston bartenders do before their flight to the New Orleans cocktail convention Tales of the Cocktail? They pre-batch lime juice, syrup, and rum in TSA-approved baggies and make Mile-High DTOs. Yes, this actually happened.

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