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Apr 29, 2014 09:30 PM

IMPROPER BOSTONIAN, MAY 2014 "Hot Shots" article by MC SlimJB

The IMPROPER BOSTONIAN MAY 2014 "Hot Shots" article by MC SlimJB
features a Q and A with bartender Freric Yarm of the Russell House Tavern. One of the questions is "Cocktail that must die?" to which Mr. Yarm answers, "Those '70s drinks." 'I refuse to remember the difference between a Bay Breeze and a Sea Breeze."

The Bay Breeze is made with gin and the Sea Breeze is made with vodka. Both drinks feature a 2:1 ratio of grapefruit juice to cranberry juice cocktail.

This quote symbolizes craft bartending. Oh holy drinkmeister please forgive me for ordering a drink that you say you aren't required to "remember".

I might not "remember" to tip.

P.S. I have been tending bar for a good part of 30 years.

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  1. I read that same question from an interview from the 1940s and the answer was the milk punch and rye whiskey. Go figure. :-b

    1. Isn't that from a older March edition ? With a bunch of bartenders?

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        online earlier, print is may version, i think... also... don't magazine issues typically come out the month before their label? I... honestly can't remember anymore. wow.

        1. re: valcfield

          I just remember reading it awhile ago ....

      2. there was a similar question posed over on serious eats recently and the answers were more like cosmos and long island iced teas. that seemed reasonable.

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          1. Clearly the question ("Cocktail that must die") was intended to elicit a contentious response. And clearly Mr. Yarm played ball and gave an answer (tongue partially in cheek, I bet) that would provoke certain people. Mission accomplished.