Maple Manhattan


Price: $10

Ingredients: Knob Creek Smoked Maple, sweet vermouth and a lemon twist

Flavor: Bourbon in place of traditional rye gives this rendition a sweeter side. “It has a smoky flavor to it,” says bar manager Kyle Friedman. “It honestly tastes like breakfast.” Though we don’t (necessarily) recommend that it be consumed as such.

Fruitful Drinking: Find a happy ending with liquor-saturated fruit. The brandy-soaked cherry on the bottom is also featured in the Old Fashioned.

Pair it with: The double-cut pork chop ($24). “It has the apple chutney right on top,” Friedman says, which complements the maple. Or enjoy it on its own: The cocktail’s sweetness lends itself to liquid dessert. After all, this is the financial district, and J.P. Morgan liked to cap off each trading day with a Manhattan.

New Digs: Since its recent renovation, the former home of Jose McIntyre’s now sports a darker lounge vibe and a bustling post-work crowd. Expect faster service at the upstairs bar, which previously had a single terminal but now runs the entire length of the building.

Context: The cocktail menu aims for simplicity, with the Central Wharf Co. team offering classics like Moscow mules and champagne cocktails while transitioning away from margaritas and frozen drinks. Also check out the wine program and extensive beer list—the plan is to rotate craft beer drafts each season.

Spring Awakening: Friedman and general manager Mike Barry plan to add five more cocktails to the menu.


Central Wharf Co. | 160 Milk St., Boston | 617-451-9460 |

Central Wharf Co.

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