SCOUT OUT: Tropical Paradise in a Glass

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Beat Hotel has only been open for a short time in Harvard Square, but it has already become a destination for delectable grub and fancypants libations for any occasion. If wanting a drink on a sweltering summer’s day isn’t an occasion then I don’t know what is.

The bar staff are as knowledgeable about their craft as they are dapper, which is to say that they really know how to make a good drink. While whiskey might be ideal for keeping warm in the wintertime, we’re now smack-dab in the middle of clear spirit season.

In summer, people’s inclination for alcoholic refreshment leans towards light and refreshing liquors such as gin, vodka and white rum. The Soursop Fresca at Beat Hotel fits these criteria perfectly.

The soursop is a tropical fruit native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America, and has been utilized to its full potential in this cocktail. A cross between a strawberry and a banana in taste, soursop nectar is pushed into the spotlight when mixed with Bluecoat gin, agave, lime and soda.

Despite its tropical disposition, this drink is not as sweet as one might expect. Instead, it is very crisp, with a slight bitterness from the gin and lime, which shines through to resemble a fruitier, more exotic margarita. The agave is present in the aftertaste, making one’s mouth pucker with refreshing delight.

On a hot and humid summer’s day, what could be better? Do yourself a favor and try the Soursop Fresca, just one sip will be enough to transport you to a tropical paradise – or at the very least it will cool you off and sooth your soul.