Monday, April 11, 2011

bubbly tasting at Mortons + Drink

Thursday evening found me gallivanting The Seaport District and Fort Point Channel neighborhoods with some lovely ladies - Jen, Megan, Bianca and Meghan. We had reservations to check out this month's Morton's Tasting Series, held at Morton's Steakhouse at 2 Seaport Lane. The tastings which take place on the first Thursday of the month from April - September each feature a different specialty drink and serve signature hors d'oeuvres at a price of $35 per guest inclusive of tax and gratuity. This week commenced the series with a Taste of Bubbly showcasing four different sparkling wines.In a private room off the back of the main dining room we were seated at round tables dressed in white linens and eye catching centerpieces. Floating Marigolds in vibrant orange and yellow hues were a welcome sign of spring.As guests trickled in and we awaited the start of the tasting, I happily snacked from a table of plated cheese, crackers and fruit including favorites like Munster, Cheddar and Swiss. Of the four champagnes, the first, a Roederer Estate from Anderson Valley which retails for $25 a bottle, was my favorite. It was crisp and elegant with a complex pear taste. It was paired with Petit Lobster Rolls made with a tarragon mayonnaise dressed in shredded lettuce on a soft bun.The second was a Louis Roderer which retails for $60 claiming to have a more mature and structured richness with a full generous texture. Actually, the taste was a little abrasive for my palate at first, but I got used to it after a few sips. To quote the tasting notes, this bubbly has a "fresh festive finesse." (You can't make this stuff up.) It was paired with Petit Crabcakes served with a mustard mayonnaise.The appetizer portions were definitely generous! I really enjoyed the Smoked Salmon Pizza served with capers and purple onions layered on a warm crust with dill creme fraiche.The Roederer Estate Brut Rose also from Anderson Valley was sweeter as a result of using 60% Pinot Noir grapes and 40% Chardonnay. It was smooth and balanced with bright fruity notes.Next we were served some elegant looking chicken fingers; the menu calls them Chicken Goujonettes. Piping hot and crispy fried, these were delicious. The final bubbly was a Mumm Napa Cuvet M and it was finished alongside some Chocolate Covered Strawberries. The tasting struck just the right balance of being lighthearted and fun to informative and factual. The women running the tasting series did a great job of providing a relaxed environment to socialize weaved with an insightful knowledge of the drinks at hand. If you're looking for something different to do with your girlfriends as the warmer months approach, (great way to start out a Thirsty Thursday, am I right?) I'd recommend checking out what Morton's has to offer in the upcoming months. I definitely think you get your monies worth considering all the food and drink!
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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.
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19 comments:

  1. So bummed I missed this. I call a redo in the months to come. Fully equipped with a trip to Drink afterwards!

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  2. So much fun! I loved Megan's drink the most of all, I think.

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  3. I'd have to agree that Drink's ginger beer is seriously awesome

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  4. wow - this looks like so much fun. very jealous. also, there's a Morton's near my apartment and I've never heard of anything this cool!

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  5. WOW! What a fun afternoon/evening! The food at the tasting looked yummy, and all those drinks - must have been a good day :)

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  6. I want to go to Drink. The menu sounds yummy and I like drinks. Win win!

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  7. Fun! I just saw that they have a mojito tasting on May 5 - sign me up! ha.

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  8. I neeeeed to go here! I've heard so much about Drink. the cocktail you got sounds (and looks) really tasty.

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  9. I have been dying to go to Drink, and I love Dark and Stormys...and homemade ginger beer?! I must go there.

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  10. We have the same taste in sparkling wine... I loved the first one best as well.

    I ended up not writing about my Drink drink, but it is my new favorite drink (and I tweeted plenty about it!). Can't go wrong with grapefruit, gin, and St. Germain!

    Definitely can't wait for next month!

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  11. i was just at Drink on Friday night! Corpse Reviver is my fave drink in Boston. I love it there...the grilled cheese is unreal too.

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  12. should you ever need a companion to attend next years Morton's Tasting Series, i am available :)

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  13. how fun! i would totally love to try new things :)

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  14. Oh man, thank goodness a Monkey Gland isn't what I thought it was, haha.

    I wish I could trade taste buds with you, if only for a night! I admire your restraint with the cheese and crackers. I would've needed two plates, haha.

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  15. Everything looks so elegant. Sounds fun!

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  16. Had a great time drinking bubbly with you last week!

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  17. What an awesome array of food. The lobster roll with tarragon mayo is calling for me.

    You write so many great reviews you should look into contributing to http://www.mycitycuisine.org/wiki/Main_Page

    You could pimp all of our favorite Boston area joints. I will be doing some work with them for Miami.

    Be well

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  18. The bubbly tasting sounds like so much fun! Great appetizers too.

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