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Help me recreate two cocktails please

No worries. I think it will be a respectable cocktail regardless, once it is tweaked a bit. But if you ever get the recipe, let me know...

Aug 17, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

Help me recreate two cocktails please

Well I went ahead and tried it on my own last night.

Started with:
1.5 oz Reposada Tequila
0.5 oz Mezcal
2 oz grapefruit juice
0.5 oz lime juice
3 drops Mole Bitters
Mesquite smoked salt for rim

Forgot the honey (thought I had the ingredients memorized) while I was making it and it definitely needed the sweetness for balance. I will be remaking it with the honey and equal parts tequila to mescal to increase the smokiness factor a bit.

Next attempt will be:
1 oz Reposada Tequila
1 oz Mezcal
2 oz grapefruit juice
0.5 oz lime juice
0.25-0.5 oz honey
3 drops Mole Bitters
Mesquite smoked salt for rim

I'll report back (although remember I don't know what it is SUPPOSED to taste like) and I appreciate any comments, feedback, or recommendations. My party is this Saturday and I need to dial it in!

Aug 17, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

Help me recreate two cocktails please

I am planning my own Mexican-themed dinner soon and love the sound of the Paloma-like cocktail you described. Any luck duplicating it at home?

Aug 12, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

"Gourmet" ice cubes

This is great, JMF, thanks! I'm not sure a chainsaw operation is in my future, though. I am just a home cocktail enthusiast who loves clear ice and makes 6 cubes at a time. From my own process (obtained from Camper English's technique), I am familiar with what tempering adds, but I stumbled upon it by accident.

But my cubes do stick together if I get them too close to each other before they dry, so I was envisioning you sticking a bunch of them in a cooler on top of each other and basically reforming your block :-).

I may try some other shapes soon. Just out of curiosity, if I wanted to try my hand at a larger block, what kind of business sells them? I can only think of an ice carving business.

Aug 06, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

"Gourmet" ice cubes

Thanks, JMF. How do you keep the cubes from sticking to one another when you first cut them off the block? I'm assuming they are a little "wet" at that point unless you are working in a very cold room.

Aug 05, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

"Gourmet" ice cubes

Seriously! My hands are not small and the cube in my hand looks like it is about 4x4"!

Aug 05, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

Word is Jim Meehan is moving to PDX soon. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited (assuming he eventually opens a bar here). His will be a very nice addition to an already pretty good cocktail town.

Aug 04, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

"Gourmet" ice cubes

And if you are referring to MY photo, ted, that was a 3 oz Manhattan with a 2x2" cube. It does look huge, though...

Aug 04, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

"Gourmet" ice cubes

How long do they stay frozen with dry ice (i.e. how long does the dry ice last)?

Aug 02, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

"Gourmet" ice cubes

I love me some large clear ice cubes! I make my own at home because I don't know where I would store 150-200 of them...

Aug 01, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits
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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

Ah, what a read!

First, I applaud you for exploring some version of the craft cocktail movement (such as it exists in your home town).

To distill this thread down a bit (heh heh), the common themes are:

1. You have been confusing strength and volume (I think you have gotten the message on this).

2. You value volume (to a degree) over an actual recipe. This may be due to the fact that you can get 6 drinks for the price of 3 (a bargain!) at some establishments, whereas at others you can only get 3 drinks for the price of 3. But then let's not lose sight of the fact that while you BELIEVE you are drinking only 2-3 martinis per night, in reality you are drinking 4-6 martinis (made in more of the classic methods/proportions/volumes). Just because they are calling it "a" martini does not change that fact. If I went to a bar and ordered "a glass of wine" and they filled a proper (reidel style) red wine glass to the rim, that would equate to much more than a half bottle of wine (in fact it would be almost an ENTIRE bottle of wine - this is not an exaggeration). If I then had "2 glasses" that would almost be 2 full bottles of wine for 1 person. Technically true that I had only "2 glasses", but in reality I would have consumed much, much more. It sounds as though the bar that is now measuring is trying to bring drink VOLUMES (not strengths) back toward a generally accepted norm (based on classic recipes and normal serving sizes). And hopefully their drinks will also be more consistent and balanced.

3. I honor your reasons for not consuming alcohol at home, but if you DID make your own martinis at home, then I think you would understand the value in measuring because you know how you like your martinis and you would want it the same way every time. Measuring accomplishes that. Even if you discovered your perfect martini was 4 oz gin, 1/8 oz vermouth you would actually KNOW that and you could have it the way you like it EVERY time, instead of the Russian Roulette of martinis that you experience when you go out. This is why the rest of us like measuring and hate (I'll speak for myself) free-pouring. I want the drink to taste right (i.e. be well-balanced) every time I order it, not just sometimes. Even when we are talking about drinks with relatively few ingredients, like a classic martini or a manhattan.

4. Although you state that others feel the same way about the bar that has changed to measuring their cocktails, that is likely because they (like you), value #2 above and nothing else matters. This would in part explain why your city is so high on the list of drunkenness, or whatever the statistic was.

Aug 01, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

Roe - worth every penny

Thanks for the review. I am also a fan. Are they now open on Wednesday nights, as well? Also, did you happen to notice what the menu options were (a la carte, 4 course, chef's tasting, etc)?

Jul 24, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Frozen cocktails -- pairing alcohol with fruit.

Hmmm, I don't do this type of thing much, but…

Mango and pineapple - Rum

Watermelon and cantaloupe - Tequila

Jul 04, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

Portland restaurant recommendations

All kidding aside, your post is a little vague which makes it hard to make any recommendations. Also, it is usually appreciated if there are some signs that you have read other visitors' posts to show you have put in a little effort into the research process.

Our recommendations will be better if you can tell us where you are coming from, whether you are open to all cuisines, price range, areas of town, etc.

One day in Portland, want seafood

Can't argue with the above suggestions. I love Tanuki as well, but if I were going to have ONE dinner in PDX, I'm not sure that would be it. But I wouldn't do sushi either, unless I couldn't get it at him.

OX is great (and has some good seafood dishes). Roe is also special IMO, as I have already mentioned. Have to throw Kachka into the mix now, too. It is Russian, completely different, and very, very good. I would pick one of these 3 if I had only 1 night.

Jul 04, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Bar Area at Sitka & Spruce?

We missed out on reservations. Can anyone tell me if there is an actual bar area at Sitka & Spruce and whether it would be feasible for 2 people to try to show up on the early side and sit at the bar to eat? Full menu available at the bar?

Thanks!

Jul 01, 2014
cobpdx in Greater Seattle

portland to sunriver resort

1. Assuming you are flying into PDX and renting a car, the Concordia New Seasons might fit the bill. It's ia local chain (New Seasons) and well-stocked.

2. I would not hook up with hwy 26 in PDX. Instead, go out 84 East to the Wood Village (NE 238th) exit, otherwise you will hit a thousand traffic lights. I will leave it to folks on the east side to make a breakfast recommendation.

3. Best check the Pacific Northwest Board for Bend recs.

Have fun!

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

One day in Portland, want seafood

Nice points, JillO.

I guess the problem is we don't know what is meant by "moderate" in this case. Many from the east coast would consider some of the more expensive restaurants in Portland to be moderate.

In my opinion, Roe is excellent and somewhat unique, but it also depends what one wants for seafood. If one wants a filet of, say, halibut or salmon, then Roe is not it. Same for if they are looking for sushi. But I am not the only one who thinks Roe is worth it.

For more "traditional" seafood fare, Paley's, Higgins, and many other restaurants have seafood items on their menus. I would not target Ringside Fishhouse or Jakes.

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

One day in Portland, want seafood

I don't think there is a single place that requires a jacket for dinner here, so you are good.

If your day in PDX is flexible, try for Roe (only open Thurs, Fri, Sat nights).

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Dining over July 4 weekend

Also Pepe Le Moko and Multnomah Whiskey Library for cocktails

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Dining over July 4 weekend

Portland doesn't have a lot of high end...

I have not checked to see what is open/closed:
Atuala (VERY close to your hotel and VERY good)
Paley's Place
Andina (Peruvian)
Apizza Scholls (great pizza-make reservations)
Imperial (same owner as Paley's)
Little Bird (French Bistro, great cocktails, related to Le Pigeon)

Cocktails:
Kask
St. Jack (you could do dinner here, too)
Clyde Common

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Dining on Maui

Kathryn mentioned Fish Market Maui near the top of her post...(she knows EVERYTHING). :-)

In my opinion Merriman's is far better than Sea House all the way around.

Sea House for breakfast or maybe HH, but drinks are also way better at Merriman's.

Have fun!

Jun 18, 2014
cobpdx in Hawaii

Tasty n' Alder wait times

Oh, you should be fine on a weekday!

Jun 18, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Homemade Bloody Mary

I understand your point, I suppose, but many people (and maybe even some bars), might consider V8 an acceptable base upon which to add horseradish, worcesteshire, etc. to make a bloody mary. Out of curiosity, I researched the ingredients in V8:

V8® 100% Vegetable Juice contains the juices of tomatoes, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach.

If you are truly a Bloody Mary purist, the V8 (and the recipe I suggested) would not be acceptable. If, however, V8 is OK, then this is a perfectly reasonable alternative. It was hard to know how far "off the reservation" the OP wanted to go with his post, but once I saw Aquavit as a spirit alternative I figured all bets were off ;-)

Jun 17, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

NE or SE Portland date night (plus other meal recs and beer)??

Date night options (not much is stuffy in PDX):

Beast (beer, wine only, communal seating)
Expatriate (lighter bar food menu, could be your drink spot in combination with Beast, DOC, or Nonna)
DOC (more upscale Italian dining)
Nonna (the more casual Italian option)
Levant (modern Middle Eastern fare with excellent cocktails)

Jun 17, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Post run brunches/lunches

Saturday I would go for the Farmer's Market at Portland State (PSU). It is outside, so it doesn't really matter how gross you are. There are Lauretta Jeans and Pine States for more popular options, also bagels, soups, crepes, pizza, breakfast burritos, coffee, etc.

Other options:
Laughing Planet (many runners go there after their run)
Dick's Kitchen (burgers, but other healthier options as well)
Prasad (health food yoga studio combo)
Isabel
Portland Penny Diner

Have fun!

Jun 17, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Homemade Bloody Mary

I'm curious as to why you think it doesn't "look like a Bloody Mary?"

The OP asked for a Bloody Mary mix and this is a very good one.

He also asked for opinions on using different kinds of spirits. Obviously, BY DEFINITION, a Bloody Mary is made with vodka. But martinis are also supposed to be made with gin and people use vodka all the time (and I am not wanting to open this tired conversation again, just using it as an example). People have their reasons for wanting to try something a little different now and again.

Jun 16, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

Big family trip to Lahaina, Maui

Second Merriman's for your dinner for 2. Can not beat the atmosphere and the food is excellent. Try to go around sunset. I agree with kathryn that it would be a great splurge dinner for the whole family if you could swing it. We recently did it with 8 (6 adults and 2 kids) and everyone loved it. The issue is the budget.

Jun 15, 2014
cobpdx in Hawaii

Big family trip to Lahaina, Maui

A little further north is The Fish Market, which has great fish tacos/burritos, etc. which may appeal to the whole family for lunch and also sells fresh fish. Excellent.

Jun 15, 2014
cobpdx in Hawaii

Homemade Bloody Mary

I have used this recipe to rave reviews:

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/the-...

Make sure you use golden beets, not red ones, or you will have a bloody mess on your hands. And I would go with gin.

Jun 15, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits