Oregon Shrubs Are Remaking Cocktails and More

With a nod to culinary history, these food artisans are redefining the cocktail with their Oregon shrubs, a modern take on “drinking vinegars”.

3 Best Ways to Drink Your Veggies

I know. You probably thought this post was going to be about smoothies or juicing, right? Well, we took a left turn with Beet Week towards summer cocktails. They’re getting a lot of attention and creative juice from mixologists who are looking to raise the bar, so to speak. Chefs are no longer the only culinarians taking full advantage of their local bounty.  Front of house is now queuing up crafty combos by pairing local seasonal produce with favorite spirits like tequila and vodka. But food bloggers and home cooks are also teaching a lesson or two from the mixology world. Here are 3 ways to drink… See More

The Dummies’ Guide to Beet Cocktails

Mr. S. King of Berkeley, CA, first tried making this Beet Infused Vodka concoction with a buddy, and came up with this boozy recipe. King’s version infuses raw beets, ginger, and vodka together for a result that will tantalize anyone who appreciates the sweet earthiness of beets. The ginger, Kings says, gives the vodka a “nice little bite.” Beets are an unsung hero. The Dummies’ Guide to Beet Cocktails starts with this easy-to-make infusion for festive cocktails with an intensely deep purple-red hue. Step #1 Prepping your beet vodka is easy. Get a super sharp knife at the ready. Cut beets into quarters or eighths,… See More

Apple Recipes for Crisp Fall Days

It’s officially apple season! We know everyone loves these crisp, delicious orbs of sweet fruit. From McIntoshes, Honeycrisps, and Pink Ladys to Empires, Galas, and Winesaps, apples are versatile enough to eat straight out of the bin, and create everything from roasted applesauce (what better way to warm the house!) to cocktails. Pair them with pork or greens for a meal, or bake ’em into a sweet treat for dessert. No matter how you slice it, the (love)apple has earned its place in my kitchen as a favorite Fall fruit. I’m welcoming the season with a collection of apple recipes… See More

Cocktails Fresh From The Garden

If you’re like us and think summertime means relaxing with a cool, refreshing drink after gardening, then you’ll love the idea of combining the two by using fresh ingredients from your garden to create cocktails that will cool you down. Fresh strawberries, cucumber, mint, and basil are just a few easy-to-grow items that are perfect for backyard gardens, and all make for delicious additions to cocktail and spirit-infusion recipes. Vodka and Gin are both frontrunners in the summertime cocktail category, as both are famous for their refreshing qualities, and both can be mixed with just about anything. Try some locally… See More

Portland’s Best Cocktails

The city of Portland is home to many hip, urban bars and lounges with tasty mixed drinks and colorful cocktails—so many, in fact, it can be little intimidating. To help you out, we grabbed a list of places for Portland’s best cocktails and happy hours from around the web. Take a look, find your match, and take a seat! Now all you have to do is decide what to quench your thirst with… The Local Dish: Portland’s Top 5 Happy Hours Top Portland Cocktail Bars 10 Best Bars in Portland, Oregon My Life on the Rocks: Portland’s Best… See More

Cocktail Recipes with Local Artisan Spirits

Celebrate the season in style with an old-fashioned cocktail party! Stock your bar with some locally-produced spirits, like Organic Nation Vodka, Ebb & Flow Vodka, crafted vodkas and liqueurs from New Deal Distillery, or other local distilleries in the Seattle and Portland areas for a locavore take on classic cocktails. If you’re a DIY’er, infuse a vodka of your choice with fruits, veggies, or herbs for a fresh, flavorful twist. We’ve put together a list of spirited, classic cocktail recipes on The Local Dish to help you plan the menu: Coffee Cocktails Hot Buttered Bourbon and Cider Rosemary & Beet Vodka… See More

The White Russian

Coffee is the flavor agent in this mix best suited for fresh and local. Washington state certainly has its wide variety of locally distilled vodkas, but most of them aren’t going to be suitable for the White Russian. They have too much character on their own, and their unique flavor compounds won’t mesh well with the creamy espresso notes that are going to dominate this drink. For this one, stick with your favorite bottle of mixing vodka and leave the craft stuff for sipping.The White Russian, a classic cocktail made by combining vodka, coffee liqueur and cream, is a nice… See More

Hot Buttered Bourbon and Cider

Here’s the perfect Autumn drink for chilly tailgating parties, outdoor activities or lounging by a crackling fire. You may want to double or triple the ingredients, especially the bourbon and cider, if serving in large mugs. Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit Magazine Makes 4 servings. Ingredients 2 cups apple cider (homemade or purchased from a local orchard is best!) 1/2 cup water 3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar 4 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon allspice 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter 3/4 cup bourbon 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Ground nutmeg to finish Directions  Bring cider, water, brown sugar,… See More

The Old Fashioned

Perhaps the oldest cocktail in the world is the Old Fashioned: a mix of sugar, fruit and liquor that dates back to the late 1800s and enjoyed prominence for more than half a century, taking a break for a few decades until it rose back to the limelight in the 21st century. The beauty of the Old Fashioned is its versatility. Drinkers can use just about any liquor as the base, though as a cocktail born in the United States, bourbon is the most common. Here’s what you’ll need for your own Old Fashioned: 2.5 ounces of your preferred liquor…. See More