While running in the Boston Marathon is a formidable challenge for sure, marathon drinking in this city is a grueling, year-round sport. Its distinguished participants barrel their way through boozy brunches and daylong bar crawls with no particular finish line in sight. But just as no athlete should run 26 straight miles on a stomach full of whole milk and hot dogs, dry martinis aren’t the ideal fuel for extended imbibing. Here are five local, low-proof cocktails that you can enjoy—responsibly—all spring long.
The current Tiki craze is reviving a few knockout rum drinks, and some drinkers are getting knocked out in the process. Eastern Standard’s Kevin Morrison provides a more sustainable alternative with Her Majesty, a tall, swizzled Amontillado sherry cocktail with just a splash of rum for body, muddled mint, fresh lime and a float of aromatic bitters over crushed ice. It’s a tart, light-bodied twist on the Queen’s Park Swizzle, a 1920s cane spirit concoction from Trinidad. “I’ve always held that drink close to my heart,” Morrison says. “As a hotel bar, we start serving very early in the morning, so we try to create drinks here that can suit any time of day. I love using sherry in this one.”
$12 at Eastern Standard, 528 Comm. Ave., Boston (617-532-9100) easternstandardboston.com