Updated: Apr 18, 2020
‘Drink local’ now refers to homemade cocktails using locally- sourced spirits and ingredients
Happy hour has moved to our respective homes and pre-dinner cocktails have gone DIY. It's still possible to drink locally with a few of these curated cocktail recipes using spirits from local distillers and Central Oregon-based beverages.
Bend Booch Sangria:
The weather has been teasing us with some sunny days and temps near the 70s. What better way to enjoy a 3 pm soaking of its rays than by sipping on this kombucha and wine "sangria"? Fill a stemless glass halfway with ice and Volcano Vineyards Bend Red Blend, about 4 ounces. Pour another 4 ounces of Humm Mango Passionfruit Kombucha and top with the juice from half of a lemon. Add a handful of frozen blueberries, pineapple, or your favorite fruit and garnish with mint. Volcano wines and Humm Kombucha are available at select local grocers.
When you can't choose between coffee and cocktails, choose both! In a shaker (or mason jar with lid) combine one ounce of Irish Cream Liqeur, one ounce of Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso Vodka, three ounces of Riff Southpaw Cold Brew coffee and half-an-ounce of heavy cream (or coconut cream). Tighten the lid and shake it for five to ten seconds. Pour into a rocks glass and dust with cinnamon or cocoa powder. Crater Lake Spirits can be purchased at their downtown tasting room located at 1024 NW Bond st., #102, or at select liquor stores. Find a list of local Riff distributors here.
Cascade Street Distillery in Sisters offers a mini-cocktail with gin and grapefruit, but I've jazzed this one up a bit. Over ice, pour two ounces of South Sister Gin and four ounces of Italian grapefruit soda. Squeeze the juice from a quartered grapefruit and top with seltzer or club soda. Stir in one teaspoon of rosemary simple syrup, or garnish with a sprig of the fresh herb. Bottles can be purchased at their taproom, located at 261 W Cascade ave., Sisters, or at select liquor stores.
Crux Fermentation Project's Gimme Mo (Not Just Another IPA) makes a fantastic beer-mosa for any occasion. Just top your frosty IPA with fresh orange juice--and a splash of club soda for fizz! Get 6-packs or 50% off of growler fills at the Crux take-out window located at 50 SW Division st. Place orders online here.
Joolz Restaurant is taking care of everything but the booze. Get these $5 ready-to-make cocktails to-go and simply add your own spirits at home. For weekly specials or to order online, visit their website or call (541) 388-5094. Pick-up at Joolz Restaurant located at 916 NW Wall st.
Bourbon Maple smash
Stafford's Reserve bourbon is the perfect accompaniment to this signature cocktail. In a rocks glass, combine half-an-ounce of maple syrup and equal parts orange juice and lemon juice and a dash of bitters. Add a fresh orange slice and lightly muddle. Top with two ounces of Stafford’s Reserve bourbon and fill the glass with ice. Float with seltzer water and garnish with an orange wedge. Stafford’s Reserve can be purchased at select local liquor stores.
Local spirits can be found at most Bend-area liquor stores.