PDX Cocktail Week: Spirits Dinner

The launch event for Portland Cocktail Week was an amazing 4-course dinner at Spints Ale House last night with 5 paired cocktails (my math may not be so good). We started with an exceptional aperitif (galliano, cocchi americano and sanbitter with a twist of lemon) that took me out of my head and into the …

Perfect Cocktail Snack: Maple Glazed Nuts

These are  obscenely easy to make. 1/4 cup Vermont maple syrup (grade B if you can get it) 2 tablespoons of olive oil 2 tablespoons of herbes de Provence 1/2 teaspoon sriracha salt and pepper to taste 6 cups nuts (I used cashews and pecans) — Mix together first five ingredients, pour over nuts and …

The Cookbook Approach To Cocktail Design

Culinary cocktails, homemade mixers and fresh, local ingredients have been trendy in the bar industry for the past few years, and there is no reason you can’t take the same tack at home after work or hosting a party for friends. I most often resort to the “cookbook approach” when creating new cocktails.  When I …