The Cocktail GoGo bar crawl tour actually ended at the Imbibe Magazine party but because I wanted to change, I didn’t board the double decker bus and made my own way to the party at Spirit of ’77. Hence, it was well under way when I got there. We were handed programs and I counted 10 cocktails to try. Let’s recap the day so far-
- punches galore at Speed Rack
- tasting at Great American Distillers Festival
- 5 bars with Cocktail GoGo
and then after this party I was supposed to go to the Maker’s Mark party at Ground Kontrol? On top of a week that included going to 13 bars in Seattle (plus two tastings) and a heady week of seminars and parties for Portland Cocktail Week.
Not actually. I wasn’t sick all week and damn well wasn’t going to be the last day.
First we stopped by the main bar where Plymouth & Beefeater Gin Ambassador Erick Castro was making the Oceanside cocktail (Beefeater 24 gin, fresh lime, simple syrup, mint leaves, sea salt, celery bitters). I will drink anything made by this man.
Upstairs in the Lil Spirit (Mezzanine bar), Pernod Ricard Ambassador Chris Patino was mixing up Two-Blossom Collins (absolut vodka, Creme Yvette, lavender syrup, fresh lemon, soda). Pernod Ricard owns Absolut.
I loved this though I thought I was past the vodka soda phase. This was much more intricate. Time to reconsider vodka.
It ain’t a party until there’s punch! Jeffrey Morgenthaler from Clyde Common was serving Fish House Punch (Bacardi 8 rum, Chateau Montifaud Petite Selection cognac, Briottet creme de peche, Laird’s applejack, fresh lemon, sugar, cold water)
I had seen New Orleans bartender Kimberly Patton-Bragg compete in Speed Rack earlier that day and was happy to try her Boulevardier (Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon, Campari, Carpano Antica).
Stirred, strong and boozy, just the way I like it.
And then it was time to run off to the next party. What a hard life a food and beverage writer has.