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5 Holiday Cocktail Recipes From Portland Bars

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Looking for creative and boozy concoctions to spice up a holiday party? Well look no further.

Four Portland restauranteurs have provided GoLocalPDX with cocktail recipes sure to warm up even the coldest winter nights. 

'Santa's Little Helper' from The Fireside

3 oz. cold whole milk
1 oz. Plantation 5-Year rum
0.25 oz. St. Elizabeth allspice liqueur
0.125 oz. house Nocino
0.125 oz. rich Demerara syrup

Build ingredients into cordial glass and top with fresh grated nutmeg. Serve alongside snicker doodle cookies.

“Milk punch hales from the 1600-1700s and is a cousin to the holiday classic, Eggnog. Warming winter spices, fuller flavors, and being reminiscent of eggnog make it a holiday staple!”

-Sue Erickson, Bar Manager

'Turkish Flip' from Mediterranean Exploration Company

2 oz. Cognac
0.25 oz. Rich Turkish Spiced Syrup
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1 Whole Egg

Add all ingredients to a shaker tin and dry shake for 20-30 seconds. Add ice and shake to chill. Top with star anise and freshly grated nutmeg.

Turkish Spiced Syrup
2 Cups Demerara Sugar
1 Cup water
8 Cardamom pods
1 Vanilla Bean

Bring sugar and water to a simmer and stir to combine. Crack cardamom pods and split vanilla bean. Add spices and cover. Let steep for 1 hour and strain through cheese cloth.

“It’s our nod to nog!”

-Kasey Mills, Executive chef and co-owner

'Tay-Tay Iced Tea' from Smallwares

0.75 oz. Rye Whiskey
0.75 oz. Pimms
0.5 oz. Smith and Cross Rum
0.25 oz. Luxardo
3 dashes of orange bitters

Stir; serve with a large cube of ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

“The Tay-Tay Iced Tea is nice and boozy so it is warming on a cold rainy day”

-Johanna Ware, Owner

'Stumptown Express' from Departure

Russell’s Reserve
Stumptown Cold Brew
Domaine de Canton
Honey syrup
Whiskey barrel-aged bitters
Peychaud’s bitters

“This concoction, queued up with ginger liqueur and bourbon keeps you warm on the inside during the holiday season. Joth Ricci’s famous Stumptown Cold Brew and our house farmed Bee Local honey add depth and complexity that are sure to keep you up wrapping presents fireside.”

-Ray Stencel, Senior Restaurant Manager

'Cranhattan' from North Light

2.5 oz. Angels Envy Rye
0.5 oz. Stone Barn Brandyworks Cranberry Liqueur
0.25 oz. Velvet Falernum
0.25 oz. Late-Bottled Vintage Port
3 dashes housemade orange bitters

Garnished with a housemade cranberry gummy

“In the fall I lean towards whiskey in general, so a Manhattan style cocktail is perfect. The clove, ginger, and toasted almonds bring out the structure of the cranberry.”

-Chris Bollenbacher, Bar Manager


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