Annnnd just like that, it’s a wrap on Feast Portland. Time flies when you’re enjoying beautiful weather, awesome company and excellent cocktails – all to say that this food and beverage haven lived up to the hype. From the eagerly-awaited East-Coast vs. West-Coast to the Night Market and The Big Feast, we enjoyed tasting some Pacific Northwest favorites and crafting a few of our signature cocktails to compliment them. Here are some highlights of our favorite moments from the weekend, and our cocktail recipes can be found below:
We took part in the East-Coast vs. West-Coast battle by offering attendees a sip reminiscent of each coast because naturally, we couldn’t play favorites. To represent our Eastern folks, we served up the Port Authority while we let our trip to the West Coast inspire the Pacific Northwest Old Fashioned. Although, to be honest, most couldn’t resist giving both cocktails a try regardless of which coast they hailed from. What can we say? Our bitters, rums and amaro are universal.
During The Big Feast, we served up the Trinidadian classic Queen’s Park Swizzle as well as the El Capitan, a cocktail featuring both Amaro di ANGOSTURA and ANGOSTURA orange bitters. Feast Portland attendees came from near and far to take a cocktail break and grab an ANGOSTURA pin (or two…or three… as one does).
We couldn’t let the good people of Portland go home without trying a few additional creations, so for Day 2 of The Big Fest, we served something tried and true alongside something new. We spent the day whipping up Trinidad Sours, a bitters-lover’s dream, and the MercaMadrid Ring, an original creation from our friend Freddie Sarkis, the Chief Cocktail Officer at Liquor Lab.
We’re sad to say that Feast Portland 2019 is officially in the books – it went by too quickly. Thank you for all the good times, sips and bites. This isn’t goodbye, Portland; it’s just a “sip with you later!”
- ANGOSTURA®1919 Rum
- Earl Grey Tea
- Turbinado Syrup
- ANGOSTURA®orange bitters
- Townshend’s black tea mist
PNW Old Fashioned
- Pear brandy
- Wheated whiskey
- Fig leaf syrup
- ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters
Queen’s Park Swizzle
- 2 oz ANGOSTURA® 7 Yr. Rum
- 1 oz Demerara Simple Syrup
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 12-14 Mint Leaves
- 6-8 dashes ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters
- Muddle mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup in a highball glass. Fill glass with dry crushed ice
- Pour rum over crushed ice and swizzle well until glass is cold and frosted
- Pack glass with more crushed ice and top with Angostura® Aromatic Bitters
- Amaro di ANGOSTURA®
- Pink grapefruit juice
- Fresh lime juice
- Agave nectar
- ANGOSTURA® orange bitters
- 1 oz. ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters
- 1 oz. orgeat
- ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz. rye whiskey (100-proof preferred)
- Combine ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake well to chill; strain into a chilled coupe glass
Recipe by Freddie Sarkis, Chief Cocktail Officer at Liquor Lab
- 5 oz Fino Sherry
- .75 oz passion fruit puree
- .75 oz Orgeat
- 5 dashes ANGOSTURA orange bitters
- ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters
- Add each ingredient to a high-ball/Collins glass.
- Swizzle with crushed ice
- Top with a halo of ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters
- Garnish with a mint sprig
If we’ve learned anything from our North American travels, it’s that few know how to master unique, memorable culinary and cocktail experiences quite like the Pacific Northwest does. As we daydream of outdoor festivities complete with ultimate food and beverage pairings, we’re stoked to announce that we’ll be at Feast Portland later this month!
Oregon’s renowned Feast Portland festival has been named “the food festival to beat” by Tasting Table and “the greatest food festival in the country” by Thrillist. So, you could say we’ll be in pretty solid company.
We’ll be kicking off our first Feast Portland experience with some good-natured competition at the East-Coast vs. West-Coast battle on Thursday, September 12. Bartenders and chefs alike from both coasts will go head to head to prove which side of the country deserves best-coast bragging rights. Come join the fun, root for your favorites and let us remind you that no matter what side you’re on, both of the cocktails our team will be serving are the real winners.
For the next two days, we’ll be setting up camp at The Big Feast where we’ll whip up some fan-favorite cocktails and some newer creations. Head over to our booth on Friday, September 14 to taste a Trinidadian classic, the Queens Park Swizzle, along with the MercaMadrid Ring (recipe below), an original creation from our friend Freddie Sarkis, the Chief Cocktail Officer at Liquor Lab. If you’ll be there Saturday, September 15, drop in for a bitters-forward Trinidad Sour or refreshing low-ABV Trinidad Swizzle. We’ll also have our Giphyyy booth set up so you can snap a souvenir (or two) to remember your time at the Big Feast.
If you’re not able to make it out to Portland, stay tuned to our Instagram Stories from September 12-15 and we’ll help you feel like you’re there with us. After the event, you can check back here on our blog for photos and a recap of our favorite Feast Portland moments.
Until then, we’ll be counting down the days until Portland!