Drink of the Week

Certain tastes and smells take you back to a specific time in your life, sometimes even when you don't want to go there. I dropped by Tryst -- a lounge whose masterful design created sophisticated space out of thin air in Writer Square -- on a trip to check out the new cocktail establishments downtown, but instead found myself on a quick jaunt through my childhood. Tryst's Butterfly's Kiss Martini ($8.50), a sweet concoction of Effen Black Cherry Vodka (with vanilla undertones), Frangelico and Goldschlager, sent me back to my Easy-Bake Oven days, the only period when I truly enjoyed cooking. The delight of the Easy-Bake Oven was not just that you could "cook" unsupervised with a lightbulb (like magic!), but that you could also enjoy eating pre-mixed batter without parental regulation; the Butterfly Kiss improves on the original experience with the addition of vodka. The Apple Pie Martini ($8.50) made me think of the fall hayrides of my youth. And the Peanut Butter and Jelly Shot ($6.50) moved me right up to college days, with an essence of nuts and berries very reminiscent of a Boulder B-52. The childhood flashbacks were a fun ride, but trust me: Tryst isn't for kids.


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