Beantown Drink for the 4th


Freedom Trail

1 1/2 oz White Whiskey [Bully Boy]
3/4 oz Cranberry Liqueur [GrandTen]
3/4 oz Triple Sec [Short Path]
Few dashes Fancy Tony’s Barrel Aged citrus bitters

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with lemon star flag.


Tomorrow is the 4th of July, one of the great drinking holidays in our fair country. And so it’s my civic to come up with a drink to help celebrate. However, I’m not gonna do what you think I’m gonna do. And no, I’m not talking about flipping out, but instead about coming up with a red, white, and blue themed drink.

While those drinks are always fun (h/t to blue curacao), I’m taking thinks in a different direction. Living in Boston during July 4th is a blast, what with the whole birthplace of the Revolution and everything. So I decided to create a drink using only bottles from in and around Boston. Lucky for me, the distilleries around here pump out some pretty tasty sauce.

I decided on white whiskey from Bully Boy, cranberry liqueur from GrandTen (both of which are from Boston, and are pretty American flavors in their own right), and triple sec from Short Path (based in Everett, just a few miles North of Boston). The cranberry liqueur in particular is a quintessential New England spirit, so it fits the theme nicely. I rounded out the drink with some barrel aged citrus bitters made by my friend @young_overholt, bartender extraordinaire at The Automatic in Cambridge and pin officianato.

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The Freedom Trail has strong citrus aromas to start, highlighted by the tart cranberries. Some vanilla notes sneak in from the whiskey as well. On the sip, the whiskey takes over with a smooth alcohol burn, along with some sweetness from the corn and vanilla. Cranberry and orange dance around the edges, with the former adding some depth to everything. The finish is clean and crisp, first tart, then a final wave of hot whiskey goodness.

The name comes from a walking trail in Boston, demarcated by a line of red bricks that snakes through various neighborhoods in the city. It passes landmarks like the Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre and where the Declaration of Independence was first read), Boston Common, and Paul Revere’s House. Seemed appropriate for a July 4th drink representing the best booze Boston has to offer.

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