The Woodsman, Portland
4537 SE Division Street
Drink: "The Furious George"
I’m sure Paul Walker would approve of a drink called "The Furious George." This cocktail actually takes days to make. The process starts by mixing bananas, water, and citric acid and sending it through a chinois. Gelatin is then added to the mixture, heated, and frozen overnight. The next day it is wrapped in cheesecloth, and the drippings are collected in a pan. The collected banana consommé is mixed with Willet 5 Year Rye whisky and a few drops of clove oil. Served chilled.
Tradition, San Francisco
441 Jones Street
Drink: "The Blunderbuss"
In this case of innovation, classic has to meet older and more classic. An Ardbeg 10-year-old Scotch washed barrel is filled with Zacapa 23-year-old rum. Another barrel is filled with Angostura bitters. Both barrels are sealed and left to sit for almost a week. When they are ready each is stirred together with a house-made vanilla syrup. The product is the Blunderbuss.
1424 Westheimer Road
Drink: "The Bottle-Conditioned Paloma"
The mid-west is still the west! And Bobby Heugel is making sure Houston doesn’t get lost in the cocktail-sauce, figuratively speaking of course. Champagne yeast, salted water, simple syrup, lime and grapefruit juices are funneled into and old-fashioned swing-top bottle. The bottle undergoes a 36-hour fermentation process in a warm, dark place before adding tequila. It ferments for another 36-hours in a refrigerator to slow down the process this time around. Heugel has studied fermentation in order to create the perfect Paloma.
Rob Roy, Seattle
2332 2nd Avenue
Drink: "The Gun Powder Punch"
Conceived by Anu Apte and folklore about sailors testing the proof of rum with gunpowder the Gun Powder Punch was born. Oleo-saccharum, rhum argicole, London Dry gin and aged rum are the basis of this drink. A combination of sweet-and-spice are added (giving the drink edge) with demerara syrup, lemon juice, pepper, clove and allspice. Then, unlike any other garnish, a teaspoon of gunpowder is added. While the drink is completely safe to consume, please keep away from open flame.
Cheers--to classical innovation!
Check out Part I: The East Coast for some of our eastside favorites!