Despite the popularity of butterfly pea blossom in cocktails these days, there are still a lot of people who have never seen a naturally occurring color quite like this before. There is nothing artificial or radioactive about this color… it’s all from a small blue flower.Read More
Sherry is a new world for me but I’ve been diving in and trying to learn all I can. Turns out there is a whole other door to open up: sherry cask whisk(e)y.
Something strange happens to us as soon as the weather gets cooler and the leaves change. We want pumpkin pie spices and fall flavors in everything! Sadly, most of the pumpkin-themed drinks at your local coffee counter and cocktail bar don’t contain much or any real pumpkin. So I set out to make a simple cocktail that encapsulates these essential fall flavors without using anything artificial.Read More
Take a seat at Paadee’s bar right when you walk in and chances are you’ll meet bar manager Jon Lewis. I recommend asking him for one of his most popular original creations; the Modern Luk Thep. Lewis has made this tasty mezcal-based cocktail at various Portland food and beverage events and the drink has even gained some popularity via social media.Read More
“Like most (but not all) of the cocktails on the menu at Deadshot, the Diplomatic Prince is inspired by a classic,” Robinson explains. “Some of our cocktails are a bit more obvious as to which classic was the inspiration, but for this one it was inspired by the Negroni. It’s not quite as bitter as a classic Negroni but does have all of the original componentsRead More
There are a lot of different flavors zipping around in this energetic cocktail. Originally created by Julia Momose of Chicago, the Electron combines earthy carrot juice and pink peppercorns with cinnamon and bright, fresh citrus. All these vibrant flavors intertwine with smokey mezcal and make for a dynamic sipping experience.Read More
Portland, Oregon is a city that just keeps moving up in the world. It's become known for an ever-growing and unique food scene, fantastic coffee and local roasters, and more cool bars and craft breweries than one single article could cover. You might not normally associate Portlandia with craft spirits…but you should.Read More
Need a refreshing beverage that’s a little more interesting than the watered-down stuff from your neighbor’s lemonade stand? Look no further.Read More
The Painkiller was first made in the British Virgin Island’s with Pusser’s Navy Rum. You may have noticed it on several menus with the numbers #2, #3 and #4 after the title, which indicates how many ounces of rum are used.Read More
Some have yet to discover this fact, but mezcal and coffee make an incredible pair. The “Canijillo” cocktail is a simple one, yet certainly not lacking in depth or flavor.Read More
Everyone loves a good tiki cocktail… even Vikings.
Admittedly, Viking Tiki isn’t a thing just yet. But, for fans of the traditional Nordic spirit aquavit, it certainly seems like a reasonable development.Read More
“Going to the library” probably isn’t what most people think of when describing plans for an exciting evening out. However, what if all the shelves were filled with different styles of whiskey and various spirits from all around the world? That may sound too good to be true, but in Portland, Oregon such a place does exist.Read More
Their distillery and tasting room isn't even operational yet but Freeland Spirits is already kicking butt.
They're the new kids on the block, jumping into Portland's growing craft distilling scene with their delicious gin, which they are producing at another local distillery while their space is under construction.Read More
I've never been a guy to drink gin neat, but The Walter Collective has changed me. It's pretty citrus-forward (think grapefruit and lemon) but has some other interesting flavors going on that are subtle but still noticeable, like cardamom and cassia (a relative of cinnamon). At around $35 for a 750ml bottle, it may be more costly than your go-to bottle of Beefeater but make no mistake, this is a bargain for this level of quality.Read More
Michter's has always put out really great products. Price-wise, their small batch bourbon and rye are a little high to be considered a good "budget" whiskey. However, if you're looking for a step-up from your usual $25-$30 range whiskies, these are great ones to try out!Read More
What people ask for the most is just one, simple post about what bottles they should get for "starting out." I'm afraid it's not very simple but here you go! Here you can find a fairly stripped down version of what I recommend for a budget home bar.Read More
Several of my favorite spirits and liqueurs come from New Deal Distillery. It's also one of the very first distilleries that started Portland's Distillery Row in the early 2000's. I was invited to visit a few months back and received a tour and tasting from Lance, the operations manager at New Deal. It's definitely a special place and they have some really exciting new products coming out in the next few months.Read More
Some of the best cocktails are relatively simple, but you'll need a little more than just spirits to make properly balanced drinks.
Let's go over some of the basic building blocks for crafting good drinks at home...Read More