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Happy Hour: The Optimist Cocktail from the Hawthorne

Hilary Deutsch

Hilary Deutsch

January 22, 2016


For a delicious cocktail that intrigues the palate (and any booze-loving friends), opt for the Optimist cocktail from Boston's beloved watering hole, the Hawthorne. The staff of the 2015 semifinalist for our Outstanding Bar Program award knows a thing or two about the pursuit of the perfect cocktail. Hawthorne bar manager Jared Sadoian crafted this heady mix of liquors featuring sherry as the low-key superstar ingredient, noting that it "brings a ton of flavor and acid to a cocktail without overpowering other ingredients." Combined with the herbaceous, grappa-based Amaro Nonino, a hint of vanilla and caramel from E.H. Taylor Barrel Strength 100 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey​, silky maple syrup, and a dash of earthy mole bitters, this tippler is sure to transform your weekend.

Get the recipe for the Optimist.


Hilary Deutsch is editorial assistant at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Instagram.