Blood Orange Winter Spritz
I'm here to get you off your January booze cleanse (You're welcome!)
I’ve been “working” “very hard” on my 2015 Cocktail Nerd’s Gift Guide, and it’s finally finished! I’m so excited to recommend to you all the coolest stuff I’ve found this year.
Well, we might as well start things off with one of my very favorite things in my kitchen, my Bull in China mixing glass.
If you are looking for a truly stunning gift to get the cocktail nerd in your life, look no further. This glass piece is so beautiful, they’ll want to proudly display it on their home bar. The mixing spoon Bull in China sells with it is actually weighted on the end, making for a delightfully smooth stir. I’ve wanted one forever, and I was given one this year (thanks, Katie!) I’m never going back.
Now onto the stuff you may actually want to mix IN the glass.
My friends at Jacobsen Salt Co. and Bee Local Honey have all kinds of great products that your home bar geek friends will love. Their Bee Local Hot Honey makes *awesome* hot toddies!
I’m also a huge fan of their cocktail salts (you may remember from last year). They came out with a Negroni one this year! I’m also using their infused salts in drinks, too – my favorite is the basil! I’m also in love with their Pok Pok Som Honey Mixing Vinegar. It’s a great cocktail mixer or it can be used to make fun sodas!
I’m always using PDX Bitters Project’s bitters in my drinks – and right now I am majorly crushing on the Pitch Dark Cacao and the Woodland Bitters, which taste like Doug Firs! I love pairing it with Cranberry Liqueur for a champagne cocktail.
I’m really excited about the line of syrups and mixers out of BG Reynolds. Blair Reynolds owns local beloved tiki spot Hale Pele, and if you know anything about tiki, you know it incorporates a ton of hard-to-find ingredients. If your mixology-loving friend knows what the word “falernum” means, they are probably looking to buy some, because it’s a pain to make and a pain to find. But not anymore – pick up your falernum, orgeat, grenadine and more here, along with mixes for Zombie Punch, Mai Tais and a bunch of other classic beverages. If you’re looking to pick up just one, go with the orgeat, it’s one of the most commonly used but also pretty unlikely someone will make it for themselves.
Speaking of unusual drinks, check out this amazing spicy mulled wine, a partnership from two of my favorite Portland brands: Marshall’s Haute Sauce and Union Wine Co (see the table shot a few photos back for a clear photo of the label!). This delectable Red Haute Pinot (bonus points for the great name) is a spicy, tart mulled wine that you will sip your way through in no time. You can get it online or at New Seasons – and don’t forget to pick up a few bottles of their seasonal Cranberry Red Jalapeno hot sauce. One for you, one for your friends 🙂
And another bottle I *love* – this Branch Honey Rye from Dogwood Distilling. It’s surprisingly sippable, considering that it is unaged! I think it’s a brilliant addition to the Portland spirits scene and if you have a whiskey fan on your list, they’ll think so too.
WHERE TO FIND THIS STUFF:
The Portland Bazaar: (THIS WEEKEND!!!!) You do NOT want to miss this annual event, hosted this year by the amazing team at Jacobsen Salt + Bee Local. Not only will you be able to snag all the Jacobsen + Bee Local goodies there, but you’ll also find cocktail goodies from Bull in China, Union Wine, Vitreluxe and House Spirits! Jacobsen Salt Co. + Bee Local is also a regularly-open retail shop.
Bull in China: One of my favorite businesses in Portland. Hit up their retail shop here in Portland or order online!
Made Here – An awesome little shop in the Pearl, vending all kinds of local Portland products including many cocktail edibles.
BG Reynolds Tasting Room – the easiest spot to find their syrups and mixers is right there in their tasting room!
Disclaimer stuff! I received samples of most of the items in this blog post, but was not paid to feature them. This is a list of my favorite things! 🙂