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How to make the Autumn Piper cocktail from Levant in Portland, OR

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We checked back in to see what cocktails Levant was shaking up, and fell for the Autumn Piper which mixes Indonesian Long Pepper Infused Cachaça the popular Brazilian liquor made from fresh sugarcane juice, earthy Fernet Vallet, and rich sweetness of Cherry Heering, and orange juice.  

Autumn Piper

3/4 oz Indonesian long pepper infused cachaça (Novo Fogo Silver)
3/4 oz Fernet Vallet
3/4 oz Cherry Heering
3/4 oz Fresh Orange Juice
Served up in a coup with a flamed orange peel

Their other cocktails are equally inventive, so we'll be sure to be posting more cocktails soon, and while I don't normally review food here, you are seriously missing out if you go just for the drinks. Make a night of it and you won't regret it. 

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Altar- Chi Herbal Martini

Altar Chi Herbal Martini

Lowtails (low-alcohol cocktials) and non-alcoholic "mocktails" are appearing on more and more bar menus, and Altar makes it easy for home-bartenders to create their own craft lowtails at home.  You don't want to add too many other elements as the flavors can quickly become "muddied". Chi is a complex blend of cherries, mint, ginger, juniper, and sumac making it a natural fit for a herbaceous gin. Explore the rest of the herbal blends http://www.altarco.com/.  

Inner Peace:

2 oz Altar- Chi Herbal Martini  

.75 oz Gin

.5 oz Lemon Juice

.25 oz Cherry Heering

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15-30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. 

 

Bakon Bloody Mary - Bloody Good

Bakon Bloody Mary

I know I know, bacon vodka. For some, it sounds like the greatest invention ever. For others, their worst nightmare. While we agree that it is WEIRD, particularly on it's own, it truly makes one of the best Bloody Mary's we've had. There is an fatty, buttery mouthfeel that needs some heavy spice to cut through the mix. Enter Dimitri's Bloody Mary Seasoning in Chipotle-Habenero flavor for the mix, along with local salt mavens, Salinity Salt Chipotle Finishing Salt for the rim. These take your Bloody Mary from ordinary to extraordinary with a fiery kick. 

Try mixing up a Bakon Bloody Mary for yourself, and let us know what are some of your other favorite Bloody Mary recipes.  

2 oz. Bakon Vodka

1-2 tsp Dimitri Chipotle-Habenero Bloody Mary Mix

6-8 oz Tomato Juice

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15-30 seconds.  Wipe rim of glass with cut lime. Gently roll lip of glass in salt placed in a shallow bowl. Pour contents of cocktail shaker unstrained  into glass.

Optional: Garnish with celery, bacon, or pickled veggies. 

Scrappy's Bitters

Martinez Cocktail- Recipe Below

Martinez Cocktail- Recipe Below

Scrappy's Bitters first hit the bitters scene in 2008 when it wasn't the crowded market it's become today, and they have only grown more successful since that time. Part of their success can be attributed to their commitment to organic ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors. Scrappy's "craft" bitters are perfect representations of the ingredients they contain along with a balance of carefully selected herbs and spices. We mixed up a few of their recommendations, one classic cocktail and two original cocktails from influential West Coast bartenders. 

Dr. Girlfriend Cocktail

Dr. Girlfriend Cocktail

Dr. Girlfriend

(recipe from Phil Thompson, of Tavern Law

1.25 oz Gin

.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

.5 oz Aperol

.75 oz Grapefruit Juice

.5 oz Lemon Juice

Float Scrappy's Lavender Bitters

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15-30 seconds. Double-strain into chilled cocktail glass. 

Better Part of Valor

Better Part of Valor

Better Part of Valor

(recipe from Allison Weber) 

1.5 oz Weste Bourne Navy Strength Gin

1 oz Cocchi Americano

.75 oz Amaro Nonino

1/8 oz Fernet

2 dashes of Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters

Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. 

 

Martinez

1 oz Old Tom Gin

2 oz sweet vermouth

2 dashes Scrappy's Orange Bitters

1/8 oz Maraschino

 Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist. 

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