November 29th, 2006

Plymouth Gin and Marconi Wireless parties

The IndependentDecember 7: For a lot of younger people, fear of gin is simply fear of the unknown. Before you dismiss gin as weird, old-people’s booze, think of it this way: it’s the original flavored vodka. And you can test it out for free — yes, free — at the Independent in Somerville’s Union Square on December 7 from 7-10 p.m. The Indo and Plymouth Gin are hosting a cocktail party featuring some of my all-time favorite gin drinks, including the Negroni (equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, with orange peel), the French 75 (gin, lemon juice and bitters topped off with Champagne and lemon peel), and the Aviation (gin, lemon juice, and maraschino liqueur), which is like Art Deco in a glass. If you ask nicely, they may also mix you a Gin and It. More and more Boston-area bars, especially those that care about classic cocktails, are stocking Plymouth Gin. I’ve come to favor this smooth, balanced spirit in my Martinis over Bombay Sapphire. If you want to go to the party, RSVP by calling the Indo at 617-440-6022.

Marconi Station, WellfleetDecember 15: When I first wrote about the Marconi Wireless, I declared that since its namesake, radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, sent his first transatlantic radio signals from Wellfleet, Cape Cod, the drink should be featured on the menu of every Wellfleet bar. (On the right is Marconi’s station, now demolished, pictured on an old postcard.) Here’s a start: and the Flying Fish Café (29 Briar Lane, Wellfleet) will host a Marconi Wireless cocktail party on the evening of Friday, December 15. For more info and to RSVP for the party, call the Fish 508-349-7292.

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