The Bay State may have banned smoking in bars back in 2004, but one cocktail craze offers a new (and legal) twist by working smoky flavors into drinks. Post 390 (406 Stuart Street, Boston, 617.399.0015) serves the Smoky Paloma, mixing house-smoked sea salt, Zapopan 100% agave tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, agave nectar, and bitters for a tangy summer sip. At Clio (370A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 617.536.7200),mixologist Todd Maul’s sidecar-esque Frank-O cocktail contains smoked ice and liqueur-soaked wood chips. On the other side of the river, Backbar (9 Sanborn Court, Somerville, 617.718.0249) uses cinnamon-smoked ice, Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum, Moxie, lime syrup, and bitters in the Smoke ’n’ Coke. Consider us fired up.
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