During my stay at Mandarin Oriental Boston, I had received a copy of the hotel’s beautiful (albeit heavy), hardcover art book. Flipping through the pages of the gorgeous photographs of the brand’s various locations, I can’t help but be inspired and hope to travel to their international locations, especially in Hong Kong.
Toward the middle-end portion of this book, when I came across the photos of the colorful cocktails (seen above) and made me wanted to have a drink downstairs for my nightcap for the evening.
We took the elevators down to the ground floor, where the restaurant, Asana and the bar, M Bar & Lounge are adjacent to each other, it’s a packed house. It’s crowded with the well-to-do Bostonians and tourists gathered around for a good time and conversation in this stylish area.
We decided to have these beautiful cocktails: The Bog ($16), Mandarin Bison ($22), and Afternoon Tea by Pavan ($19). The Bog is a seasonal cocktail that’s wonderfully fruity, tart and light from the Stoli Cranberri Vodka, cranberry wine, and topped with bubbly Prosecco.
The Mandarin Bison was potent. It’s a mixture of Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, cinnamon infused St. Germain liqueur, lemon juice, apple cider, rhubarb bitters, with a rinse of Absinthe Kubler. Despite of its alcohol content, it’s very quaffable. Fruity (the cider does shine here pretty well) yet has a bit of spice to offset the sweetness.
What amused us was the custom made tea cup-shaped cocktail glass for the Afternoon Tea by Pavan. This drink is a delicately sweet mixture of Pavan liqueur, sparkling wine Mumm Rosé, and raspberry dust. It was effervescent and the raspberry-rose flavors displayed very well.
To view more photos of these visit, please view the slideshow below (or CLICK HERE):
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