After the tasting we made an impromptu visit to Drink located at 348 Congress Street. Dedicated to the craft of the cocktail, Drink is an underground haven of serpentine wood bars backed by exposed brick walls and street level windows, as well as uncluttered counter space featuring bowls of fruit, bunches of fresh herbs and vintage barware. Urbanites dwell among industrial black metal bar stools while mixologists perform magic with high quality spirits, bitters, sugars and more. The hostess managing the floor greets you upon arrival, if you're lucky enough to avoid a line, and shows you to open stools or a comfortable standing room area for your party. The concept here is well executed and unique, where the experience is meant to cater to your individual drink preferences, hopefully ones you never even knew you had. The waiters and bartenders are extremely well versed in knowledge of the subject matter, and you'd be foolish to order anything other than something new.
Actually, I take it back. Meghan, who's been to Drink a number of time was in the mood for a more well known cocktail, the Dark-n-Stormy. Drink's ginger beer is house made providing a sensational DnS. I looked to the ever changing menu board for inspiration, where the listing of Monkey Gland from Paris caught my eye. I followed that initial instinct and inquired about the ingredients with our waiter. Turns out a Monkey Gland is a blend of gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe, which sounded a little too sweet for my present craving. However, gin and absinthe sounded nice so we took it from there.
He suggested a Corpse Reviver made with obviously gin and absinthe and a blend of lilet, orange cuacao and lemon. Vivid. Potent. Fun. New. Different. Loved it. This place is truly a one-of-a-kind-in-Boston experience. Embracing Drink's philosophy and breaking out of your vodka-tonic-lime rut or your go-to dirty martini comfort zone can be a beautiful thing. I would highly encourage a visit with like minded enthusiasts or open minded participants. There's a whole other world of craft cocktails waiting for you here.