Posts Categorized: Wine Cocktails

VALENTINE’S DAY, UNION STYLE

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Let’s face it. We all want to treat our special someone to a fabulous Valentine’s Day…but have you looked out the window this week? Portland is in full winter mode, which makes it the perfect time of year to get into some comfy, cozy clothes, cancel all plans and stay in where it’s warm and dry.

But staying home doesn’t mean you have to forgo celebrating everyone’s favorite February holiday. (No offense, George Washington.)
We came up with a sexy cocktail to share with someone special, whether you are reclining in front of a roaring fire or binging on Netflix. It’s a local take on a classic Italian cocktail, combining Campari and white wine. Our Underwood Pinot Gris works great for this, and we decided to add a little sweetness and sparkle to make it a bit more complex.

And, since we all know that no ones Valentine’s Day is complete without a little chocolate, we paired the cocktail with our favorite local chocolate maker, Tony’s Chocolonely. Add some fresh mandarins for extra sweetness and you have a perfect combination, and an impressive little holiday spread.

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The Fixed Gear
A Portland take on the classic Italian cocktail La Bicyclette

(makes 2 cocktails)

4 oz Underwood Pinot Gris

3 oz Campari

2 oz Cointreau

Club Soda & Lots of Ice

Combine the first three ingredients in a large glass jar. Add plenty of ice and stir until cold.
Strain into two coupe glasses, top off with a splash of club soda and garnish with a slice of blood orange.

Enjoy with a hearty chunk of Tony’s 32% milk chocolate bar and some fresh Lee mandarins.

 

Photography and Text by David L. Reamer

Wine Cocktail: Fireside

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With chilly nights and winter sniffles hitting Portland, we ran straight to Brew Dr. Kombucha to create a wine cocktail that’ll cure what ails ya. With a splash of Underwood Pinot Noir and equal parts Bourbon and Booch, this homegrown remedy is best enjoyed in front of a crackling fire (if a fireplace isn’t readily available, the YouTube Yule Log will do). Recipe by Bartender Jon Davidson.

Fireside

1.5 oz Bull Run Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1.5 oz Brew Dr. Kombucha Superberry

.5 oz lemon juice

1 oz black pepper simple syrup

1 oz Underwood Pinot Noir

1 oz Vinn Strawberry Liquor

Build and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel.

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Photography by David L. Reamer

Wine Cocktail: Northwestern Comfort

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On a dreary, rainy day in Portland we met up with bartender Jon Davidson to craft a cocktail that is anything but grey. Incorporating some of the best of the Pacific Northwest, and a pop of protein, we like to call this drink, “healthy”.

Northwestern Comfort

1 egg white
.75 oz lemon juice
Dash allspice
Dash cinnamon

Combine all ingredients except for the Pinot Noir in a shaker. Shake and strain into a glass. Layer Pinot Noir on top. Garnish with a pear slice.

  

 

About The Bartender

Jon Davidson, Bite of Oregon Iron Mixologist Champion, hosts a biweekly mixology segment on Portland’s KATU, Channel 2, featuring cocktails he has created during the course of his fourteen-year bartending career. He currently tends bar at Stanford’s in Portland, and on the side he designs cocktail menus for a variety of regional establishments.  Jon favors bold and multifaceted flavors when designing cocktails, and loves to incorporate unexpected ingredients (cumin, anyone?).
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Photography by David L. Reamer

Short Strokes

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For when you need something a little stronger than a Pumpkin Spice Latte, we worked with Portland barkeep Ansel Vickery to create a cocktail for a cozy night in.

Short Strokes

2.5 oz Underwood Rosé

.75 oz fresh lemon juice

.75 oz Kronan Swedish Punsch

1 teaspoon 2:1 simple syrup

4 short dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters

Combine all ingredients, shake and strain into a glass. Add 1 oz soda water, ice to fill, lemon twist and a cherry to garnish.

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About the Bartender

Ansel Vickery tends bar at Free House, where the quality of the cocktail program has made it one of the top spots of the service industry folks. The cocktails Ansel likes to drink (and subsequently make) are big, juicy and fun, which mimics the way he approaches his job in general. For Ansel, life and beverages should be fun, and loud, and big, and dark, and sorta crazy. Go check them, and him, out to see for yourself.

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Photography by David L. Reamer

Rosé City Sour

For the first weekend at home in awhile, we worked with Portland bartender, Jacob Grier, to craft a Rosé cocktail that’s perfect for a night in.

Rosé City Sour

2 oz London Dry Gin

1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

3/4 rosé syrup*

1/2 teaspoon Green Chartreuse

Combine the gin, juice, syrup and Chartreuse in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Option to garnish with an edible flower.

*For the rosé syrup, combine 1 cup Underwood Rosé wine and 1 cup white sugar in a small pot and stir over medium-low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. Pour into a clean glass bottle and keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.

 

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About the Bartender

Jacob Grier tends bar in Portland Oregon and literally wrote the book on beer cocktails, Cocktails On Tap. He also founded Aquavit Week, the weeklong celebration of the signature spirit of the Nordics. He enjoys working with unusual ingredients and introducing drinkers to spirits they’ve never tried before.

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Photography by David L. Reamer