Some bartenders hate doing it, others relish it. Like it or not, naming a cocktail has an impact. Some names are certainly more utilitarian and descriptive of their ingredients than others, but those that aren't help create expectations, define a mood, and craft a story of a drink's character and past.
|The icy stare of a Bone Machine Cocktail|
When I saw the Bone Machine ($10, bourbon, oloroso sherry, amaro, bitters) on the menu at Third Rail under the Spiritous section, I imagined it was named after a ruthless mixed-martial artist. An extremely slow and packed ride on the T line -- one in which a drunk young professional was threatening to topple over and crush us for the entire 30 minutes -- necessitated something with intensity in the place of mercy. This drink was the perfect remedy, more grappler than brute; the bourbon's strength, the sherry's blatant audacity, and the amaro's citrus wallop landed a deliciously dark strike directly on my mouth.
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