A somewhat expected party

Posted by TraderTiki on June 19th, 2008 — Posted in Bitters, Events, Teardrop Tiki Menu

Recently, my friend Erik Ellestad of Underhill Lounge and Stomping through the Savoy visited Portland, where I had the opportunity to share a few meals, laughs, and drinks with him, his lovely wife, and our friends Humu and Rich.

The highlight of the visit (other than the hot makeouts we saw at Thatch), was Erik’s visit to Teardrop Lounge, where Daniel and Alyson shook, stirred, and muddled through most of the “J” section, all the way from the Jack Kearns through the Jupiter.

You can read more about the adventure at Erik’s post on eGullet.  I just wanted to show pictures of the aftermath of the event, and share an inspired cocktail.

Stomping through the Savoy, letter J Stomping through the Savoy, letter J part 2

Daniel, having chatted with Erik for a bit, had asked if Erik had found any particularly interesting or inspiring drinks.  Erik responded with his affection for a lovely little perfect Martini variation known as the Fourth Degree Cocktail.  Being the curious sort, Daniel whipped one up for me at the latest Tiki Tuesday (I’m allowed to take a Tiki break every once in a while).

Fourth Degree Cocktail

  • 1/3 French Vermouth
  • 1/3 Gin
  • 1/3 Italian Vermouth
  • 4 dashes of Absinthe

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass

It’s a very lovely libation.  What more can be said about such a classic combination of ingredients, it was rich, dry and smooth, with a lot of carry through in the finish, thanks to the use of a local distillery’s special ingredient.

It just so happens that I recently got a new toy, in the form of a mini-tripod, which I had placed with my camera on the bar.  Daniel set down my Fourth Degree Cocktail, and went back to reading the Savoy.  This is the picture that happened, no staging.  I love my fake job.

Daniel Defined

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