The variety of craft bars around Harvard Square is the best problem to have when you’re looking for a good place to grab a drink. If you have a lot of friends in tow and you want some fun and music, the Sinclair on Church Street should be your destination. The spot is a popular live music venue, with a vibrant selection of tunes that play at the bar. If you settle in there, bar manager Lindsay Whalen recommends the Winter Solstice, a seasonal take on a classic margarita, shaken with tequila, Tuaca, a vanilla-citrus liqueur, and a house-made gingerbread syrup (here we use ginger liqueur). It’s the perfect sip for a winter that won’t go away.
Winter Solstice margarita
Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces blanco tequila
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1 ounce Tuaca vanilla citrus liqueur
½ ounce ginger liqueur
1 tablespoon pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 wedge lime
Kosher salt (to rim the glass)
About 2 ounces ginger beer (to top off)
1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, Tuaca, ginger liqueur, and pomegranate and lemon juices. Shake well until chilled and diluted.
2. Rub the rim of a double-rocks glass with lime. Dip the glass in kosher salt salt to cover the rim; take care not to get any salt inside the glass. Fill the glass carefully with crushed ice. Strain the mixture into the glass and top it off with ginger beer.
Adapted from the Sinclair RAUL ZELAYA