Loyal Nine in Cambridge changes things up with a selection of cocktails with surprising twists, unexpected spirits, and different flavors. They range from seasonal to unconventional (such as the porcelain vessels shaped like roosters and turkeys). The restaurant has an open layout, making the small-scale bar a relaxing spot, more along the lines of a coffee house. Head bartender Fred Yarm makes a drink called Monopoly Money, an updated play on the Havana classic. With a gentle use of tequila, apricot liqueur, and Swedish punsch (a traditional Nordic liqueur), the cocktail offers orange blossom notes, with a beautiful blend of dryness and subtle sweetness.
Makes 1 cocktail
1 ounce blanco tequila
1 ounce Swedish punsch
½ ounce apricot liqueur
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 strip orange rind
1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, Swedish punsch, apricot liqueur, and lime. Add ice and shake well until chilled and diluted.
2. Double strain into a cocktail glass. Twist the orange rind onto the drink, then discard it. Adapted from Loyal Nine