Silipint: Tool Review

I just received my first Silipint and I have to say that out of the box I am impressed.  This is a flexible pint glass made out of silicon.  It will not shatter, grips well in the hand and keeps a pretty even temperature regardless of the contents.  Because silicon has such a high melting…

Hazelnut Mother

One of the more neglected areas of cocktail making (IMHO) is the area of nuts.  There are many different and enjoyable flavors to be had if one does a little digging.  Amaretto is one such flavor, a popular light liqueur with the flavor of cherries and made from either almonds or apricot pits.  Nocino brings…

Impractical Barware: The NES Flask

At first blush this appears to be a simple cartridge game from the original Nintendo Entertainment System.  Fond memories and nostalgia for the days when you had to blow on your games to make them work properly will fill anyone old enough to drink at this point. I know my own childhood was occupied by…

Camp 1805 Distillery

A customer recommended that I take a trip down the gorge to try out a new distillery in Hood River.  Camp 1805 is parked in a little industrial complex just a stone’s throw from the HRD plant right on the Columbia river.  Position wise you would not think that there would be much in the…

Nocino Walnut Liqueur

Stone Barn Brandyworks is a Portland gem.  Hidden away in a small semi-industrial area off 20th and SE Powell they are constantly at work cranking out brandy, whiskey and liqueurs of impeccable flavor. In the late summer they pick immature (green) black walnuts and then soak them in their own rye whiskey.  The end result…

Bartools: Perfect Black and Tan

I’ve discovered my kryptonite.  I can see kitchen gadgets, drinkware, tools and any number of other items on the shelf but if their use is obvious I can ignore them.  At a recent trip through Williams Sonoma I wandered near the barware and nestled among the cocktail shakers and bottle openers was this simple coaster…

AM Drinking: Midnight Sunrise

The name of this drink is something of a joke.  The two main components are an Advocaat egg nog liqueur and orange juice.  Advocaat is dutch and while the low country isn’t exactly above the arctic circle the name has kind of stuck. The Recipe: 2 oz Egg Nog Liqueur (advocaat)29 2 oz Pulp free…

St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

One of the flavors that I most associate with springtime is the scent of elderflower.  Growing up in the high desert of New Mexico there was a time after a strong sudden rain when the morning glory that laced our little hilltop would open and wash the normally dry air with their scents.  It is…

50 licks Ice Cream (and cocktails!)

Located in SE Portland at 20th and Clinton street 50 Licks Ice Cream represents two of the greatest things about living in Portland, hand dipped Ice Cream and well done cocktails. Fifty Licks owner Chad is an enthusiastic and gregarious host, he welcomes you into his tiny shop with sample after sample.  Offering flavors as…

Cruzan Blackstrap Rum

I went looking for a dark rum because I needed one for the Cafe con Leche Flip.  There were several on the market but I quickly became aware of the many differences in how they were marketed and constructed.  For starters there aren’t any real regulations about how rums are classed.  There are rums, rum…

McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt

One of my long time White Whales is a bottle of McCarthy’s.  This is partly from the small size of their yearly release and partly from laziness.  I know exactly when they release every year and I’m on their mailing list.  I can just never seem to get to a store in time to pick…

Update: Devils Bit Irish Whiskey

St. Patrick’s day has come and gone and with it the green beer and drunken revelry of those who want to pretend they’re of Irish extraction for 24 hours. As every year the distilleries of McMenamins release their small batch Devil’s Bit whiskey. I wasn’t aware until I put the last three years side by…