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How to Make a Good Old Fashioned

It’s a simple process and recipe, but it really is the little details that make or break a quality Old Fashioned. Because there are so few ingredients, it’s even more important to be attentive to the details; like the type of sugar, the proof of the spirit or expressing the orange oil over the top. Poor quality ingredients will obviously make for a sub-par cocktail, but even too much (or too little) of the right ingredients can diminish the overall experience. Making cocktails is all about adding different elements together to create unique and balanced flavors, and a well-made Old Fashioned is likely the best example of the craft.

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Pie Hole Fizz at Bible Club

Welcome to Bible Club, a speakeasy-esque Portland bar that is often described by both the staff and regulars as a swanky Prohibition-era museum that you can drink-in. There isn’t a sign out front but don’t let that deter you, simply walk right up to the door of this little 1920’s house in a SE Portland neighborhood. No need to knock or utter a secret password, just step inside and you’ll feel like you’ve entered into a black and white photograph.

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A Taste of Cuba in Portland

Portland, OR has no shortage of cool craft cocktail bars. However, this new spot that’s slinging frozen daiquiris and Cuban bar food has been a packed house ever since opening their doors in April 2018. Initially it might sound a bit out of place for the rainy, Pacific Northwest but Palomar could be just what the Portland bar scene has been missing.

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The Whiskey Library

“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.

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The Walter Collective gin & vodka

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.

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Interview: Tom from New Deal Distillery

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.

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Rittenhouse Rye

This is the whiskey I personally go through the most. It's one of those "desert island" bottles. I use it for most every drink that calls for rye (or bourbon for that matter). It's bottled at 100 proof, and has that spicy-rich kick that you want from a good rye. The best part is that it's super affordable, so using it in a bunch of cocktails isn't going to be too painful on the bank account!

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3 Books Every Home Bartender Needs on Their Shelf

There are some really helpful resources out there for the home cocktail enthusiast and professional bartender alike– and hopefully this site is one of them! However, it just so happens that some of my favorites are in printed form. Maybe it's been a while since you bought a non-kindle-edition piece of reading material. I assure you that these publications are well worth it, especially if you want to up your home bar game!

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