The Last Word: Tom & Jerry, Elizabeth Powell, Oxley Gin and Maisy
New Favorite Winter Drink: Last Friday we headed over to ArtBar to say goodbye to a friend and a damn good bartender. She made us a Tom and Jerry, a very classic cocktail, reminiscent of egg nog but not as heavy and to me. It tasted like Christmas to me. I’ve been wanting another one every night since, and I’m really glad that Elizabeth introduced me to what is sure to be a new favorite holiday drink. We first met Elizabeth Powell last year when she made me a very delicious scotch cocktail. As we have gotten more involved in Boston’s cocktail scene, our paths crossed more and more frequently. If you read some of the old school cocktails books, you see a different bartender than ones you most commonly see today. You see one who puts hospitality first; who busts their ass no matter what the situation to keep a guest happy. Elizabeth is the embodiment of that old school, hospitality driven-bartender. Not to mention a very knowledgeable and creative mixologist. She will be missed greatly in Boston, and we wish her all the best in her move to Seattle.
Myers + Chang: This is almost embarrassing to admit, but Wednesday was our first trip to what everyone already knows to be a a great spot for pan-Asian cuisine. We have had Joanne’s dumplings before at a prior food event, but never had a true dining experience at the restaurant. We have no food pictures, because this was a night all about friends. Great friends at that. But I will say my favorite, not surprisingly, was the pork dumplings. I also had my first taste of a Joanne Chang-Myers cookie and it motivated me, the one who hates baking, to add the Flour cookbook to my Christmas list, it was just that good.
(photo courtesy of ajohurley)
Cocktails at Union: Another place to finally check off the list is Union Bar and Grille, where we met for a quick cocktail before dinner. I really enjoyed my cocktail (the name has escaped me), but a combination of scotch and ginger is usually enough to peak my attention. Topped with apple cider and a touch of herbs, this was a great winter sipping drink. Jon tried the Sage Advice (pictured below to the right).
Pet cuteness: This week, BostInno rolled out a fun loving contest of local pets dawning their holiday garb. Our dog, Maisy, was one of the featured pets and below is the one of the pics we took for the competition that we didn’t send in, but still love.
Cocktail Class at The Hawthorne: Last night, we got to learn from Boston’s best as Oxley gin hosted a cocktail class with Jackson Cannon and Nicole Lebedovitch of The Hawthorne. We made three very different cocktails (recipes to follow next week) to show off and highlight the flexibility of this high-quality, unique gin. Then the fun began when we got out a pen to paper to create our own Oxley gin cocktail. Jackson, Nicole and Jamie of Oxley Gin judged the best recipe, which will be listed on The Hawthorne’s cocktail menu next week.
Our hosts for the evening: (from left to right) Jamie Evans of Oxley Gin, Jackson Cannon and Nicole Lebedevitch of The Hawthorne
Highlight of the Week: Drumroll please…. Jon’s cocktail won the contest! Although the true highlight was Jackson Cannon himself saying Jon “nailed it” and the drink was “perfectly well-balanced”. Be sure to head into The Hawthorne the week after Christmas to try the cocktail and some Oxley Gin.
An Untitled Cranberry Libation
- 1.5 oz Oxley Gin
- 3/4 oz Averna
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1/4 oz simple syrup
- splash cranberry juice
Shake ingredients well and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Read of the Week: Learn more about the Tom and Jerry cocktail here.
From the BE Archives: Interestingly enough, we were talking about The Hawthorne almost exactly a year ago. The menus have changed, but it’s easily become in the top 5, if not 2 or 3 cocktails spots in the city. Congrats again to Jackson and his team for such an incredible and successful first year.
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This weekend, we are looking forward some last-minute shopping, preparing for the holidays and enjoying the spirit (and spirits) of the season. Cheers!
How are you celebrating the holidays this weekend?