The Barrel Thief Lounge + Oregon Spirit Distillers (Bend, Oregon)

When in Bend... oh lordy, when in Bend... seek out all the makers, bakers, and shakers!

If you visit Bend, the food & beverage selections will NOT disappoint. After an already long weekend of drinking and merry-making with my good friend Maia, her colleagues invited us out for a recovery brunch, followed by (you guessed it!) more booze. This was the most memorable stop of my weekend, and hair of the dog yadda yadda (ie: AMAZING BLOODY MARY PICTURED BELOW) saved my life. Check. it. out. The pickled garlic was ahhhhh-mazing.

The award winning spirits at Oregon Spirit Distillers ranges wildly- Vodka, Genever, Rum, and my personal favorite, Bourbon. Yes! Bourbon can be made in Oregon. And it is, very well done. If you don't know what makes a bourbon... Sign up for my mailing list and get a cheat sheet right MEOW:

Oregon Spirit Distillers is a trifecta of a lounge, distillery, and tasting room. You can peer into the distillery and watch all the action (depending on the day) from the lounge. Tours are offered (no reservations required, first come first served).  Their mission statement according to their website:

"To distill with a commitment to local agriculture and Oregon’s bold independent personality.
To bring quality, premium spirit brands which are unique, interesting and outstanding in their class to the world market."

Their products are Oregonian as possible, and the team puts an emphasis on learning. They even use the term "Spirit Geeks"! That is a term I can get behind! A visit here is a completely spiritual experience. Have a taste, tour, then relax with a cocktail on their patio. I noticed they had huge fire pits outside, but as it was 90 degrees out, weren't necessary.

They also have an "Adopt a barrel" program if you'd like to buy a nice gift for yourself or someone special. You can buy a barrel for your bar, and you can even request a specific proof for your spirit!

Some other places to eat + drink in Bend:

Barrio - Tapas + Margaritas Galore
900 Wall - Great Whiskey Selection + Day time Happy Hour Menu is fantastic
Dogwood - Ambiance + Decor + Cocktails
10 Below - Classy Hotel Bar + Pork Belly Tacos + Late night Happy Hour
Atlas - Cider, Cider, + More Cider

La Mûre Sauvage - Ransom Old Tom Gin cocktail

In the Pacific Northwest, you never want summer to end. When there is a dry warm stretch in the forecast, the rivers and hiking trails are filled with people soaking in their Vitamin D. Everyone calls in sick if it's over 85 degrees. In the city the terraces, patios, and rooftops are packed with locals and tourists alike, sucking down tall refreshing fruity cocktails and craft beers. Today, the former struck my fancy, and I wanted to use the wild blackberries behind my house for something special. What says summer more than a giant hurricane glass full of gin and organic wild berries?

La Mûre Sauvage

Ingredients:

2 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
1 oz Lime Juice
handful of wild blackberries (frozen, if you must)
3/4 oz Mint Simple Syrup
Soda Water to top, Tonic if you like more sweetness

Directions:

In a shaker tin, muddle blackberries, add Gin, Lime juice, mint simple syrup, shake with ice. Double Strain onto fresh ice in a hurricane glass. Top with soda water and garnish with blackberries and mint sprig. Savor. The end.

 

No Way Rosé! Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

Need a way to beat the heat?
What better way than some summer favs combined in a frozen, adult drink. 

August 3rd is National Watermelon day, celebrate with this delightfully refreshing cocktail
As always, drink responsibly!

"No Way Rosé" Watermelon Sorbet

(1 batch serves 4-6) 
1 Bottle (750 ml) Rosé
2 Cups Watermelon Puree* (strained)
2.5 oz Fresh lime juice (strained)
6 oz Mint Simple Syrup**

*Watermelon Puree: cube a small seedless watermelon, puree in a blender or food processor until smooth, strain or use cheesecloth to remove seeds and large pieces. 

**Mint Simple Syrup: In a heat proof container combine 1 cup each sugar and boiling water. Add 4-5 mint sprigs and let steep uncovered until room temperature. 

Combine all ingredients and put into a freezer safe container, after 2-3 hours when ice crystals begin to form on the surface, stir and return to freezer. Serve in a wine glass with mint sprig garnish