Boston’s creative bartenders are shattering expectations when it comes to glassware, presenting potables in everything from gardening gear to vintage treasures. Here are some cocktails that are as eye-catching as they are delicious.
Star-crossed lovers can get carried away at Area Four Boston, where bar manager Dan Lynch and Co. serve up the Romeo and Juliet-inspired Any Other Name. The floral gin martini made its way onto the menu a couple of months before the bar team spotted an old-school suitcase nestled among the vintage televisions that decorate the pizza joint. Repurposing it as an “elaborate tray,” they decided to make the cocktail a double, presenting the concoction of gin, vermouth, rose liqueur, absinthe and orange bitters in a pitcher on ice with scattered flower petals. “Large-format drinks are weirdly the small plate of the beverage world in that they engender sharing and communal dining,” Lynch says. And in that spirit, additional tipples for two or more are on the way, from draft cocktails in vintage pitchers to garnished drinks in antique chip-and-dip sets.
$24 at Area Four Boston, 264 E. Berkeley St., Boston (857-317-4805) areafour.com