Ingredients: Aperol, Del Maguey Vida mezcal, pineapple, calabrian chili, Bittermens Burlesque bitters
Taste: The tipple’s title (which means “black smoke”) nods to the rim of sea salt that’s smoked in house and the smoky flavor of the mezcal—but Terra beverage director Jessica Brennan doesn’t want that scaring people off. “The first time I had mezcal, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is not ever going to be in my cocktail ever,’ ” Brennan recalls. But she says sweetness and spice nicely balance out the smoke.
Elsewhere on the menu: Terra—which opens on the third floor of Eataly on April 4—will serve wood-fired Italian fare above the hustle and bustle of the marketplace, and all the cocktails incorporate Italian elements. “I’m excited to show Boston about amari and aperitivos and digestivos all together, working with traditional liquors that they all know and love,” Brennan says. She’ll suggest a Strega-laced martini for vodka lovers, and she’s also excited about a veggie-forward cocktail that uses Dimmi, a grappa-based liqueur sweetened with beet sugar. “We’ll show how approachable these things are even if you can’t pronounce them.”
Ambiance: Decked out in copper and plants, Terra has a calm “oasis” vibe. “You feel like you’re in a greenhouse,” Brennan says. Behind the nine-seat bar, visitors will immediately notice the stacked floor-to-ceiling barrels, home to a rotating selection of ever-evolving aged beers from the likes of Dogfish Head and Cambridge Brewing Company. Says Brennan, “Not a lot of places can say they have a drink that’s a once in a lifetime.”
Terra Eataly Boston, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston (617-807-7300) eataly.com