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Ask A Boston Bartender: The Perfect Holiday Drink

With all the emphasis on food during holiday gatherings, drinks often go ignored. Why not catch your guests off guard by serving up a holiday indulgence that combines cold weather flavors of mint and chocolate? Big Night Entertainment Group's Bar & Beverage Director Joe O'Connor's has just the right mix.
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The Holiday Indulgence (Photo from BNEG)

Holiday Indulgence

• 1 scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream
• 6 mint leaves
• 2 oz Mozart chocolate liqueur
• 1 oz lime juice
• 1 crumbled Thin Mint cookie as topping

Joe O'Connor
Joe O'Connor (Photo from BNEG)

Joe O'Connor
Big Night Entertainment Group
3 Boylston Pl
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-4343

Bar and Beverage Director for all Big Night Entertainment Group venues, Joe O'Connor is the creative force behind the unique and tasty cocktails and bowls gracing the drink menus at varied hotspots across New England, including Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge, GEM Italian Kitchen, Nightclub & Lounge, Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge and The Estate in Boston; and SHRINE Nightclub, The Scorpion Bar, High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge and Red Lantern's sister property at Foxwoods Resort Casino. O'Connor has mixed special drinks for a host of A-list celebrities and athletes, including Kim Kardashian, John Travolta, Melissa Gorga, Rob Gronkowski, David Ortiz and the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Bruins.

At 19, he made his way from New York to Boston, where he quickly landed a coveted management job at Gaslight in the South End. O'Connor eventually took a management position at SHRINE, and was soon put in charge of the bars at all Big Night establishments.


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