Mr. Boston's Legacy

America’s most historic city offers some decidedly modern cocktails

Landon Nordeman

It’s no surprise that Boston is at the forefront of American cocktail culture.  After all, this is the home of the storied Old Mr. Boston Company, a distillery that operated here from the 1930s to the 1980s and created what’s often referred to as “The Bible of Booze,” Old Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide. Originally published in 1935, the constantly revised guide is still in print today. Mr. B’s influence continues to pour over the city’s cocktail scene, with libations such as The Marliave’s Boston Tea Party, a nod to the city’s most epic bash, and the Lillet Blanc–spiked Henry Marliave, a tribute to the restaurant’s original French owner. Meanwhile, Puritan & Company pays homage to another cocktail mecca, New Orleans, with its rye-infused Creole Cocktail. The fictitious Mr. Boston would be proud.