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Recipe: Vinn Baijiu Sour

November 28, 2011 by  
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When presented with a new spirit, there’s occasionally a struggle to hit a “right” cocktail for the spirit. But as unusual a spirit as the Vinn Baijiu is, something about the nose reminded me of a quebranta pisco, oddly enough. But that was enough to inspired exploring around the Pisco Sour, and with some minor tweaks, I bring you the Baijiu Sour.


Recipe: Bring It Home Portland by Art Tierce

November 17, 2011 by  
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One of my favorite cocktails during the Great America Distillers Festival Cocktail Competition was the winner in the final round. All the winners from the day before had 15 minutes to pick two secret ingredients and have a cocktail ready for the judges. Art Tierce walked up, took a taste of each secret ingredient, and in roughly half the time allowed, proceeded to own the whole thing.


Recipe: Tamarillo Tippler by Nathan Gerdes

November 9, 2011 by  
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This cocktail was a play with local and seasonal ingredients, taking a Portland spin on a South American source.


Review: Vinn Baijiu

November 3, 2011 by  
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Vinn Baijiu, made from 100 percent brown rice, has characteristics that make it feel like it’s somewhere between vodka and white whiskey.


Portland Cocktail Week

October 20, 2011 by  
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Portland Cocktail Week kicks off today and runs through Sunday with a series of social gatherings and seminars for cocktail connoisseurs and bartenders from across the country.


NW Spirits & Mixology Show

June 24, 2011 by  
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We’re off to the high desert of Bend, Oregon, this weekend to judge the Bartender’s Brawl at the NW Spirits and Mixology Show. We’re hoping to fit in a little time to see a few of the volcanoes in the region and visit the new baby porcupine at the High Desert Museum, as well as enjoy some delicious cocktails and spirits throughout the weekend.


Deco Silver Rum

June 23, 2011 by  
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The nose has some light, but noticeable alcohol, with a touch of molasses, and hints of raspberry. The scent is somewhat jammy, with hints of mango.


Liquid Vodka

June 22, 2011 by  
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Liquid Vodka tastes of grain, walnut, filberts. It’s bittersweet and likely rounded, with a moderately heavy body. There’s no real burn or warmth on the taste — that’s saved for the nose and finish.


Deco Coffee Rum

April 9, 2011 by  
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If there’s anything Portlanders love, along with beer and spirits, it’s coffee. Capitalizing on that love affair, Deco have taken their Silver Rum and flavored it with coffee from local favorite Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The result is an interesting spirit with more presence than most flavored spirits, but with far less sweetness than most flavored liqueurs.


Portland’s Drinkable Day Camp

April 6, 2011 by  
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Imagine a day camp for adults that is filled with spirits tastings, cocktail classes and other cocktail geekery. Welcome to Cocktail Camp PDX, Portland’s most drinkable day camp.


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