November Cocktails

I love a good cocktail:  handcrafted, boozy and balanced, and just the right mix of seasonal ingredients. Sure I have my go-to favorites, but where’s the adventure in that? It always pays off to get off-the-beaten path and try something new, and cocktails are no exception.

Each month I curate a cocktail list featuring the Pacific Northwest’s finest spirits. Some of these cocktails are my own creation, but many are recipes I’ve collected over the years. During this month especially I give thanks and credit to the unknown mixologist. Cheers! 

Cranberry Sauce

Crater Lake Vodka, Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka, Adrift Distillers Cranberry Liqueur, cranberry juice, grenadine, Meyer lemon.

Cranberry sauce isn’t just for the turkey. Enjoy this liquid version with anything.

Rain Drop

Wild Roots Marionberry Vodka, Cointreau, rosemary syrup, lemon, splash of club soda.

Shh! Don’t tell the weather service that November marks the start of the rainy season on the Oregon Coast. They haven’t caught on yet.

Bay of Figs

Aged rum, caramelized fig syrup, lime, and aromatic bitters. Topped with club soda.

We said farewell to Fidel the day after Thanksgiving 2016. Here’s an opportunity to toast the good, the bad, and the ugly with this grown-up, cold weather cousin of the rum and coke.

D(ay) B(efore) Thanksgiving Cooper

Pendleton Rye, Clear Creek Douglas Fir Brandy, bourbon barrel aged maple syrup, lime, Angostura Bitters.

The legend of D.B. Cooper was born the day before Thanksgiving 1971 on a supposedly routine flight from Portland to Seattle. They say he ordered a bourbon from the flight attendant. We’ve spiced it up a little.


Ghost Owl PNW Whiskey, High Council Brandy, Dopo Teatro Cocchi Vermouth Amaro, Demerara Gum Syrup, The Bitter Housewife Aromatic Bitters, Spellbound Cabernet float

Deathtrap provides twists and turns of devilish cleverness, and offers hilariously sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be spellbound until the very last moment. Presented by Theatre West at Lincoln City Cultural Center through November 16.