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Recipe for Libations for Preservation

September 2nd, 2015  |  Posted by: Nicole Benjamin-Ma, Young Advisor

We love this fun, refreshing take on historically-inspired cocktails. We’re sure you’ll agree!


6 talented bartenders

6 Boston neighborhoods (caution: competition helps bring out their flavor, we recommend exploiting this)

15-20 Young Advisors

8 craft cocktails

3 discriminating judges

1 local craft distiller known for classic spirits and new flavors


Live music, a raffle, food, and a surprise from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair


100 thirsty attendees who know the value of Boston’s heritage (the most important ingredient!)


2 elimination rounds

1 head-to-head final round

1 surprise ingredient


Step 1. Let the YAs loose around Boston to find our neighborhoods’ best bars.

Step 2. Invite some of Boston’s most celebrated bartenders to strut their stuff by creating their own historically-inspired cocktail.

Step 3.  Separate the bartenders and their creations into two heats. The winner of each heat, chosen by the competition attendees, advances to the final round.

Step 4. Throw the winners the surprise ingredient and have them craft a new cocktail on the spot good enough to impress our professional judges.

Step 5. Add a heavy dash of spirits from GrandTen Distillery in South Boston, which is proud of their home in an old iron foundry.

Step 6. Shake vigorously for about 2 ½ hours on Saturday, September 26th from 5:00-7:30 pm. Pour over ice at GrandTen Distilling, 383 Dorchester Avenue, Boston.

Step 7. Enjoy!*


*Libations for Preservation brought to you by the Young Advisors of the Boston Preservation Alliance, in support of the Alliance’s educational outreach programming throughout the city. Side effects may include a deeper appreciation of Boston’s communities, entrepreneurs, and unbelievable talent.

Come join the Young Advisors for Libations for Preservation, our annual Cocktail Competition of Historic Proportions! We’ve gathered some of Boston’s best bartenders, now we need you to come vote for your favorite cocktails.

This year, we’re excited to welcome back last year’s finalists Canary Square and Ward 8, and some new faces, including Ashmont Grill, Carrie Nation, LOCO Taqueria & Oyster Bar, and Wink & Nod! Each ticket gets you a sample of every preliminary-round cocktail and a $5 voucher to our favorite fusion food truck, Mei Mei, which is catering this event. Live music will be provided by Babydriver. Who will you help crown Boston’s 2015 Historic Cocktail Champion?

Last year’s event sold out, so make sure you grab your ticket here.

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