The Summer Sling cocktails will be served in tall glasses. | Photo by @willisaza
This Drink Up month, we’ve teamed up with Cafe Gloria owner + Boston Brand Ambassador for Singani 63 Will Isaza for a friendly cocktail competition. We need your help to pick your favorite summer cocktail in the Sling of the Summer contest.
Fun fact: A sling is a type of cocktail historically made with sugar, hot or cold water, nutmeg, and a spirit. For this competition, the competitors will be using the Latin American spirit Singani 63. Today, a sling cocktail is made with various ingredients, meaning every local bartender can have a creative interpretation of the drink.
Here’s how you can vote on your favorite Summer Sling.
Visit one of the participating bars and order the Summer Sling from Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21. Voting is now open for you to help us determine the “Readers Choice” for the best summer sip. Will Isaza will also judge the drinks based on the following criteria:
Roslindale Neighborhood Concert | Monday, July 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Fallon Field, 910 South St., Roslindale | Free | This neighborhood concert will feature tunes from “Divas with a Twist.”
Seaport Sweat: Peaches Guaranteed | Monday, July 17-Monday, Sept. 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave., Boston | Free | Get your workout in at this 45-minute circuit style class that rotates through six to 10 stations.
Tuesday, July 18
The Dennis Brennan Band with Duke and Kevin | Tuesday, July 18 | 7-11 p.m. | Boston Harbor Distillery, 12R Ericsson St., Boston | $20-$25 | Doors open at 7 p.m. for this show featuring local performer Dennis Brennan.
Peter Frampton | Tuesday, July 18 | 8 p.m. | MGM Music Hall at Fenway, 2 Lansdowne St., Boston | $42-$122 | Get tickets to see the “Never Say Never Tour” at the Fenway music venue.
Wednesday, July 19
$1 Franks on National Hot Dog Day | Wednesday, July 19 | 4 p.m.-1 a.m. | The Silhouette Lounge, 200 Brighton Ave., Allston | Price of purchase | Celebrate with $1 all-beef hot dogs at the neighborhood dive bar.
Thursday, July 20
The Summer Pink Party | Thursday, July 20 | 6-10 p.m. | Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, 450 Summer St., Boston | $40 | This fashion show will feature pieces from the designer Mel’s 2023 Barbie collection + a portion of the proceeds will support the Miss Pink Organization.
Prepare for the sugar rush — Sugar Skulls is now open inside High Street Place. The new ice cream shop will serve up treats like ice cream tacos, churro ice cream sandwiches, crepes, and boozy ice cream floats.
Boston is one of the top five cities where most of the homes for sale are listed above $1 million, according to a July report by Point2. The four cities ahead of Boston are Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. Boston ranks higher than three of these cities when looking at ultra-luxury listings. Read: Homes priced at $5+ million.
We’re a little over halfway through Drink Up month — how many breweries have you visited for the Brewery Passport? Readers who visit the five breweries + complete our digital passport will be entered to win one of two gift baskets with prizes valued ~$100 each. Think: Hats, stickers, glassware, gift cards, and more.
Join Comfort Kitchen for a delicious and educational afternoon learning about Boston’s first freestanding birth center on Sunday, Aug. 6. There will be two sessions at 4 p.m. + 5:30 p.m. to hear from the founder of Neighborhood Birth Center about community midwifery. Tickets start at $150.
In Between Days Festival will partner with 1 Million Strong to bring a sober-supportive experience to the two-day festival at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy. The event is scheduled for Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 and will feature two stages of music, headlined by Modest Mouse and Lord Huron, plus a dozen New England acts.
The Fenway Corners development will create new public spaces like this future grand staircase. | Rendering provided by WS Development
The BPDA said the new Fenway Corners development is a homerun. Not really, but the planning agency did give the approval for the $1.6 billion development that will dramatically change the area surrounding “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”
The Fenway Corners project by WS Development is expected to add new housing, retail, office space, daycare, and improve connectivity with new sidewalks, bike lanes + access to the Lansdowne Station. Plus, the 3.7-acre area will be transformed to incorporate new public spaces along Brookline Avenue, Lansdowne Street, Jersey Street, and Van Ness Street.
Here’s a quick by the numbers breakdown:
Eight mixed-use buildings, each subject to BPDA approval and community feedback
266 residential units, 53 income-restricted units
40+ new retail shops
~4,000 permanent jobs
$1 million investment for public art installations
It’s peak pick-your-own season and I need to get my hands on fresh blueberries and flowers from Wards Berry Farm. While pickin’ is on our brains, browse our list of eight other berry-good farms in the area.