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A beginner’s guide to the city’s best heat-beating drinks

Summer cocktails
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 8, 2012

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St. Germain Cocktail at Citizen Public House

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If you've always sort of fancied yourself a Great Gatsby garden-party person (we do, and aren't afraid to admit it), the ST. GERMAIN COCKTAIL ($10; $14/carafe for two;$49/carafe for six) at Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar is definitely your jam. Not only are the elderflower blossoms used in creating this elegant liqueur harvested by folksy, old French men, who then bicycle the flowers down winding country roads to the collection depot, but this signature cocktail tastes like spending an afternoon frolicking through meadows in the south of France, then settling down for a leisurely lunch at a village café while the sun warms your arms. St. Germain, with fruity hints of pear and ripe honeydew, is mixed with sparkling wine and soda, and topped off with a twist of lemon. Citizen serves it up in crystal teacups, which means all you have to do is show up in your airiest white linen outfit and stick out your pinky.

HONORABLE MENTION The definition of simple and satisfying: the APEROL SPRITZ ($10; $30) at Coppa. Aperol, prosecco, and soda make for a no-fuss, classy-as-hell thirst-quencher that goes well with sidewalk patios and people watching.

CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE & OYSTER BAR | 1310 Boylston St, Boston | 617.450.9000 | citizenpub.com

COPPA | 253 Shawmut Ave, Boston | 617.391.0902 | coppaboston.com

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