It’s been a long time since my last post, but I’m coming back online with a bang. Last night my husband and I attended the Peace, Love, and Cocktails event, part of the annual Feast Portland food festival. Like Toast and Proof, Peace Love, and Cocktails combined the best parts of food, drink, and mingling with like-minded folks. It was hosted by House Spirits Distillery and featured some of their great products, including Aviation Gin. We also had the bonus of some fantastic bartenders mixing drinks on-demand, including the fantastic Jim Meehan, formerly of PDT in New York and currently of Mixography, Inc. here in Portland. I’m a huge fan of Jim’s work, so getting to meet him in person turned me into a bit of fangirl, I admit. His cocktail for the evening, Bee’s Ransom, was a tart and slightly edgier riff on the Bee’s Knees. Another standout for me was Jeffrey Morganthaler’s Triple Lindy, an incredibly refreshing combination of gin, lemon, and ginger. This was perfectly balanced and ideal for the gorgeous Indian summer evening (80 degrees and clear skies in mid-September? I LOVE autumn in Portland). Accompanying the cocktails was a great selection of bites, including an elk brasaola that had me returning to the food table a number of times.
I admit, as someone who works from home, it’s sometimes difficult to summon the will to get dressed up and leave the house, especially for a long, traffic-y drive into the city on a Friday evening. But this event was completely worth it and reminded just how much I enjoy the cocktail adventure I’ve been on for the past few years. The weather, company, and delicious drinks and nibbles all reminded me that getting out of the house can yield fantastic results. Cheers!