Ingredients: Tequila, rosé vermouth, Mayan liqueur, maraschino liqueur
Background: Regulars at Southern Proper know that the cocktail menu changes every few weeks. “I get so bored,” jokes beverage director Katie Gilroy. “After I make the same cocktail 100 times, I’m like, ‘It’s time.’ ” As the fried chicken joint’s one-year anniversary rolls around, the bar team’s playing some of the greatest hits—including this delicate tequila drink, featuring a herbaceous anise-honey liqueur that will even have black licorice haters getting on board. In fact, Gilroy loves it so much she keeps it in stock for other drinks like the Mayan My Own Business, with rye and orange bitters—another favorite that’s available through March.
One tequila, two tequila: Agave fans should also check out Calle 23, from a French woman who tapped her career in biochemistry and her grandparents’ cognac background to distill what Gilroy describes as a “meticulous floral tequila.”
Draft picks: The always-on-tap Pinochle—a nod to chef Jason Cheek putting salted peanuts in cola during his Southern upbringing—is currently joined by a clarified milk punch. Says Gilroy: “There’s no actual mint in it, but it tastes like a very, very boozy mint julep,” featuring rye, bourbon and Branca Menta.
On the horizon: Gilroy hopes to soon add an interactive concept like boilermakers to the lineup, and they’re launching a Crush Hour menu with discounted food items so that guests can wait out the traffic that’s a block away on Interstate 93.
Southern Proper 600 Harrison Ave., Boston (857-233-2421) southernproperboston.com