Four-Fifteen— Who doesn’t need a cocktail to get through taxes? As I filled out my tax forms a few weeks ago, I appropriately sipped the Four-fifteen, a delicious creation by Joy Richard (Franklin Restaurant Group). Initially inspired by the Income Tax Cocktail (gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, bitters), this cocktail goes the bitter route, just the way I like it.

1 ½ oz Bols Genever

¾ oz Cocchi Americano

½ oz Aperol

½ oz Gran Classico

3 dashes grapefruit bitters

Stir with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

Boston’s Best Bartender–Boston is full of fantastic bartenders. Can there really be one best?  In a totally unscientific way, the Improper Bostonian tried to answer that question.  Three of the city’s veteran, “hall of famers” if you will– John Gertsen (Drink), Joy Richard (Franklin Restaurant Group) and Josh Childs (Silvertone Bar & Grill, Parlor Sports and Trina’s Starlite Lounge)– battled against three “rising stars”–Nicole Lebedevitch (Hawthorne), Sam Treadway (Backbar) and Kelly Unda (Harvest and Citizen).  After 3 rounds, Sam Treadway was victorious (of course he was!).  Read the full, drink-by-drink account of the competition here.

Le Mixeur Sharky–A few weeks ago, I hung out in the packed Stone Room at Hawthorne with bartenders and fellow cocktail enthusiasts sipping J.D. Salinger-inspired cocktails for a good cause.  Misty Kalkofen (Brick and Mortar) organized and hosted Le Mixeur Sharky, created by Seattle cocktail writer Ted Munant as a way to raise money for autism advocacy and education; funds raised (close to $1800 that will be matched by a challenge grant) will benefit the Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Nine Boston bartenders were invited to create a cocktail by J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories.  The following fabulous bartenders lent their creativity and talent to mix up numerous cocktails: Sabrina Kershaw (Citizen), Tyler Wang (No.9 Park), John Mayer (Local 149), Ted Kilpatrick (No. 9 Park), Rob Kramer (Chez Henri), Scott Holliday (Rendezvous), Sean Frederick (Citizen), Ted Gallagher (Craigie on Main), John Gertsen (Drink).

Here’s one cocktail beauty shot of John Gertsen’s Teddy (and yes, that’s my hand).  Check out my friend Ashleigh Stanczak’s photo essay from the evening.