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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Daddy Jones

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525 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 690-9095

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

2. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(857) 259-6585
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On his first official night of service: Tyler Wang's DTO with Plantation Grande Reserve

3. Bronwyn

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255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 776-9900
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The DTO is all Boston, but Bronwyn's Scandinavian Time Out uses Swedish Punsch, Demerara syrup, and grapefruit oil.

4. Backbar

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9 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0249
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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.

5. West Bridge

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1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 899-6088
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Josh Taylor's Thyme Out (oh, Josh!) uses Plantation rum and a simple syrup made with lemon zest and thyme.

6. Catalyst Restaurant

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300 Technology Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-3000
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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.

7. 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.

8. Eastern Standard

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528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
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Eastern Standard's Chappaquiddick DTO, here made with high end rums from Plantation and Privateer

9. Locke-Ober

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3 Winter Place
Boston, MA 02108

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.

10. Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

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48 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-0048
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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.

11. Tavern Road

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343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 790-0808
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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.

12. Drink

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348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 695-1806
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DTOs are often made for a large crowd on the fly. Here, a communal blueberry Barbancourt Tabasco DTO at Drink

13. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

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1 Harborside Dr.
Boston, MA 02128‎
(800) 235-6426
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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.

1. Daddy Jones

525 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145

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

525 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145

2. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

425 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

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

425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Bronwyn

255 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143

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

255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Backbar

9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143

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.

9 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143

5. West Bridge

1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

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

1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. Catalyst Restaurant

300 Technology Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139

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

300 Technology Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

Boston, MA

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

8. Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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

528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

9. Locke-Ober

3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

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.

3 Winter Place
Boston, MA 02108

10. Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

48 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111

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.

48 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111

11. Tavern Road

343 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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.

343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

12. Drink

348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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

348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

13. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

1 Harborside Dr., Boston, MA 02128‎

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.

1 Harborside Dr.
Boston, MA 02128‎

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