Monday, June 28, 2010

Pernod Absinthe Taste Tour of Boston - Part 2

By: Finance Foodie

[con’t from part 1 of my Boston Absinthe Tour]

By this point of the night, I was already feeling a bit tipsy (Absinthe is rather strong and I’m not a seasoned drinker anymore) and a bit worried (as Stoddard's was only the first stop). Luckily, we had this bad boy deliver us straight to the next location!
Old Skool!

Stop #2: Russell House Tavern
I had heard quite a bit of positive chatter about Russell House Tavern from the blog-o-sphere so I was really pumped that this was our second pit stop. The first drink here was called Carlito’s Tears (Milagro Tequila, Pernod Absinthe) and this was paired with a chilled jumbo shrimp and honeydew melon dish. The lightness of the shrimp and honeydew was a great foil to the heaviness of the drink.
Short Rib Wellington
The next drink was called Mountain of Gold and it was paired with a Short Rib Wellington (slow braised, served with roasted mushrooms and topped with a puff pastry crown). I don’t quite remember the drink, but the Short Rib dish really hit the spot – the rich and hearty short ribs contrasted nicely with the flakey buttery pastry topper – my fave dish of the night!
Mountain of Gold
The last drink at Russell House was called the View from Italy, which was made with bourbon, absinthe, and rum and served in a highball glass. This was paired with a chicken liver pate, fig jam on a piece of melba toast. Due to my fear of organs and dark liquor drinks, I passed on both.
Liver Pate
Stop #3: Drink
The final stop of this “foray” took me to Drink, a South Boston hotspot well-known by cocktail connoisseurs for its custom blend drinks and intimate comfortable setting. There was no waiting around at this Milk & Honey-esq bar (which was surprisingly packed for a random Tuesday night) – all the libations were already set out for our party! My favorite was the strawberry syrup infused absinthe cocktail topped with an egg white foam – certainly the most eclectic drink of the night.
Drinks at Drink!
And not only were the drinks good, the food was excellent as well. We had fries with sea salt, mini grilled cheese sandwiches topped with caramelized onions, bacon wrapped dates, and steak tartare from a jar!
Steak Tartare
And as the clock struck midnight, I dragged my not so sober self home, Green Fairy in tow to illuminate the way!

Russell House Tavern
14 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 500-3055

348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 695-1806

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Drink on Urbanspoon

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