We spent Saturday night at our regional distiller’s festival, Toast, hosted by the Oregon Distillery Trail group. This is our second time attending, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Oregon/Washington has a great selection of local distillers and they were showing off everything from core spirits such as rum, whiskey, and vodka, to liqueurs and syrups to supplement your cocktails. Plus, there was a great selection of food from local restaurants and caterers (including truffled rabbit stew and whole roast pig).
Moments at Toast 2017
My haul from Toast 2017
Some of my standouts for this year:
I’m really lookin forward to using some of these great new ingredients.
In the meantime, I’ve been waiting to share this Manhattan variant. While the Bartender’s Choice app calls this a Bobby Burns, it’s really just a Scotch Manhattan with a touch of Benedictine. I really love this cocktail, and I’m not generally a huge Scotch fan (I’ll drink it, but it’s not what I gravitate to). I’m guessing my choice of scotch helps (Compass does great work with blended scotch), but I definitely recommend giving this a try.
Bobby Burns, Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail Book
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!
A gorgeous day and fantastic drinks at Peace, Love, and Cocktails
Local spirits and talent behind the stick