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Up-and-coming creative bartenders in Boston?

marais Jul 26, 2008 11:43 AM

This thread came to me as I was having lunch at Daily Grill near the Pru today. Who are some of the young, skilled, up-and-coming bartenders here in Boston? The ones who can create an awesome drink on the fly with just a few hints as to ingredients or style?

I'll start off by nominating Chris at the Daily Grill. He knows I like Hendrick's gin, and he came up with something with cucumber muddled in Hendrick's, fresh lime, a dash of simple syrup, more Hendrick's, then the whole thing shaken and served as a martini with cucumber garnish. So smooth, refreshing and tasty, an outstanding tipple...and something he said he just made up for the occasion. I was in awe.

Any other suggestions? besides Jackson at ES of course, who IMHO is the most creative and professional barmaster in town. I'd love to get some additional suggestions.

  1. Alcachofa Jul 28, 2008 06:40 AM

    Eric at Kingston Station.

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    1. re: Alcachofa
      tatamagouche Jul 28, 2008 09:47 AM

      Oh yeah! I just met him while in town and liked him very much. I second that.

    2. rebs Jul 27, 2008 06:50 PM

      jonathan at great bay makes fantastic and creative cocktails. he does a nice job of using different herbs, fruits, juices and liquers. and his ghost of mary cocktail has been adopted by other restaurants, including Prune in NYC. i've always felt that he's never gotten much (or any) recognition for his work which is a shame because he is a very good mixologist.

      1. tatamagouche Jul 27, 2008 12:44 PM

        Ashamed to say I didn't catch the name (ashamed to say I was too lit to remember the name) but I had a whole slew of impressive drinks at dante when I was in town last week from a bartender that looks something like Christian Siriano...but then, everyone in the restaurant industry these days seems to look something like Christian Siriano...

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          avial Jul 29, 2008 05:51 AM

          I meant to bring up his name earlier though we still might be talking about different people depending on what time of day you go there - Stephen Shellenberger is the head waiter at Dante but also the mad genius behind any new infused liquors that they might be using - http://www.weeklydig.com/department-commerce/eats-drinks/drinks/200712/dante

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            tatamagouche Jul 29, 2008 06:33 AM

            Oh! Thanks for the info. I've had that guy as a bartender too; he's a character. Not the same guy I mean though—& of course it's entirely possible that the one serving me wasn't the inventor of the drinks. In fact, talking to the GM, I got the sense that the drink list is something of a collaborative effort.

            Either way, this guy sure had them down pat.

        2. MC Slim JB Jul 27, 2008 11:53 AM

          One good source might be the folks training under our great local bar managers, like Misty at Green Street, Courtney at Toro, and Max at Deep Ellum. I haven't caught all their names, but I've definitely had some great cocktails in the past few months made by some young, fresh faces at these places. Better technical than hospitality chops, but the former are easier to learn, and you have to start somewhere.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB
            jajjguy Jul 28, 2008 01:58 PM

            Right on! In charge of the bar at Deep Ellum (under Max) is Emily Rose, and she is indeed one to watch.

          2. Trumpetguy Jul 27, 2008 10:11 AM

            I had a young dude at The Beehive recently "make-up" a cocktail for me & I was really impressed. He called it an Italian Iced Tea--It had wood aged grappa, B&B, simple syrup and lemon--killer! original???

            Didn't catch his name...

            1. Rubee Jul 26, 2008 10:36 PM

              Ahh...but see.. didn't you read Mrsx's link above? We're talking about up and coming. I'm a HUGE fan of John Gertsen's (the man who taught me to appreciate bitters), and Tom also, but they're already here, not "up and coming". ; )

              In fact, there's a wonderful article about Tom in the latest issue of Gourmet magazine - check out "The Mixologist's Tale" on p. 41.

              ..and for an example of John's gifts - a link to the most memorable cocktail pairing I've ever experienced (and learned from).

              That being said, I love the idea for this thread and would love to know who to watch out for!

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              1. re: Rubee
                heathermb Jul 29, 2008 09:48 AM

                Here's a link to the Gourmet article http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s...

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                  Rubee Jul 31, 2008 04:01 PM

                  Also, I just got the September issue of Bon Appetit magazine and John's "Widow's Touch" cocktail is featured on p. 42. It's described as an "apple-floral riff on the 19th century Widow's Kiss". Looks great, I might try it tonight. It's made with Laird's Applejack, St. Germain elderflower cordial (I love this stuff), Benadictine, and angostura bitters.

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                TopCat Jul 26, 2008 06:02 PM

                Without a doubt, John Gerston from #9. Takes bartending to another level. No offense but everyone else is fighting for the silver.

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                  mrsx Jul 26, 2008 01:02 PM

                  Arrived and flourishing moreso than up and coming, but here you go:


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                    DoubleMan Jul 26, 2008 02:19 PM

                    All those on that list are great. For up-and-coming, I'd say Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli probably fits the bill. He's incredibly talented, insanely gracious, and only 25 or so.

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                      kate used to be 50 Jul 26, 2008 08:29 PM

                      another vote for Tom

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                        tatamagouche Jul 27, 2008 12:39 PM

                        A third, though I agree w Rubee that he's been a known entity for awhile. Where is he these days?

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                          kate used to be 50 Jul 28, 2008 06:28 AM

                          Tommy was still at ESK when I was there last month. If he has moved on (please say it isn't so), let us know so we can follow him!

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                            tatamagouche Jul 28, 2008 09:46 AM

                            Didn't mean to alarm you, I'm sure he is; it's me that has moved on to the Southwest, so I was just checking!

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                              kate used to be 50 Jul 28, 2008 11:11 AM

                              No worries. Thanks

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