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Recipe: Income Tax Cocktail

April 14, 2014 by  
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In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes… and cocktails…
The Income Tax Cocktail is a classic cocktail for trying times.


Recipe: Martinez

March 6, 2014 by  
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The classic cocktail, that proceeded the classic cocktail (Martini), the Martinez is a richer, sweeter, and I’d say more savory and tasty cocktail.


Review: Hayman’s Old Tom Gin

May 25, 2012 by  
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This is a unique gin these days, and allows a fantastic departure from the use, and abuse, of London Dry gin in classic pre-Prohibition cocktail recipes.


Review: Tub Gin

April 27, 2012 by  
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TuB makes what is close to an old style “London Dry Gin”, albeit with western six-shooter art.


Recipe: Corpse Reviver No. 2

October 20, 2011 by  
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The Savoy Cocktail Book suggests that a Corpse Reviver No. 2 “be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed.” For us, it is usually a brunch cocktail, enjoyed in the morning (or afternoon depending on our “steam and energy”).


Small’s Gin

October 19, 2010 by  
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Small’s Gin imparts sweet scents of juniper, cardamom, orange and lemon peels with a slight alcohol burn. There’s also a hint of mineral character to the nose, which seems a bit unusual.


The Oregroni

September 24, 2010 by  
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We’re fortunate in Portland to be able to eat a very diverse and enjoyable 100-mile diet. That started me thinking about 100-mile cocktails, too. Now that we have numerous gins, an Italian-style amaro, and vermouth produced in the Portland Metro Area, here’s my 100-mile take on the classic Negroni, which despite likely, and deserved groaning, I will call the Oregroni, because all of the finished ingredients are produced in Oregon.


Review: Ransom Old Tom Gin

September 17, 2010 by  
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This is very interesting stuff. There is a lingering maltiness to the taste. I can taste that this gin is made from barley, of all things. If it wasn’t for the botanicals, this could taste like a somewhat warm-on-the-throat whiskey. The flavor does get overpowered later on with an almost camphor-like mouth feel, but the malty citrus-cardamom flavors are maintained.


12 Bridges Gin

August 20, 2010 by  
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Initial taste is a touch minerally, with some citrus oil and juniper and some warming spice and salt to the taste. It is a bit astringent, but also has a sweetness to it as one of the first flavors that hits the mouth. Juniper and cardamom and oddly also some floral notes akin to rosewater follow.


New Amersterdam Gin

August 20, 2010 by  
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First taste is of orange peel and orange oil. It’s sweet almost to the point of candy and soft to the point of producing a soapy mouthfeel. There’s an overwhelming orange flavor, which builds on the palate to the point of tasting almost PEZ-like.


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