Now that you know everything about Irish Whiskey, it’s time to check out some of the creative concoctions made with this unique and complex spirit. At bars all over Portland, Oregon, Slane Irish Whiskey is showing up on back bars and in creative craft cocktails.
Here are 3 of the Slane Irish Whiskey cocktails to try now in Portland.
Black is the New Black at Night Light Lounge
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Located in Southeast Portland, Night Light Lounge is serving up this creative take on the classic Irish Coffee cocktail. “We wanted a drink that would highlight cold brew coffee without going the cream and sugar route,” says owner Paul Stevens. “Don’t get me wrong – cream, sugar, coffee, and whiskey is a classic combination, but our clientele shies away from sweet drinks. We tried a few different whiskeys, but Slane had the depth of flavor and smoothness that we were looking for in this cocktail.”
Black is The New Black recipe and preparation
- 1.5 oz. Slane Irish Whiskey
- .5 oz. Fernet Vallet
- 1.5 oz. cold brew coffee
- .5 oz. simple syrup
Stir, strain and serve up, in a coupe glass.
2100 SE Clinton St., Portland, OR 97202; 503-731-6500; nightlightlounge.net; @nightlightpdx
Tin Lizzy at T.C. O’Leary’s
Bringing a bit of Dublin flavor to Portland’s drinking scene, T.C. O’Leary’s pays homage to the Dublin band Thin Lizzy with this classic perfect Irish Manhattan creation, made with Slane Irish Whiskey.
“The name of this perfect Irish Manhattan comes from the way a Dubliner would pronounce the band name Thin Lizzy, who were the first headliners at Slane Castle,” says owner Tom O’Leary.
Tin Lizzy recipe and preparation
- 2 oz. Slane Irish Whiskey
- .75 oz. Benedictine
- .25 oz Lillet Blanc
- Dash of Angostura Bitters
Stir, strain and express a lemon peel.
2926 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211; 503-477-5969; tcolearys.com; @tcolearys
Dealer’s Choice at The Rookery Bar
At The Rookery Bat at Raven & Rose, the cocktail program was curated by David Shenaut, a Portland cocktail scene veteran and includes a creative Dealer’s Choice cocktail, which is a riff on classics, reimagined by the talented bartenders. Every Tuesday, guests who order the “Dealer’s Choice” will be treated to a drink from the rotating selections – including the Slane Sazerac, as well as live Irish music from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
“Our goal is to take our program based on classic cocktails and turn it into an institution for open-eager young minds,” explains Bar Manager Zackary Moreno. “We “re-spec” the classics but we also respect the classics. This “Dealer’s Choice” project with Slane is a great way for us to showcase this while educating our guests on Slane and classics all at the same time, in a more exciting way.”
Slane Sazerac recipe and preparation
- 2 oz. Slane Irish Whiskey
- .25 oz. Cane simple syrup
- 6 dashes Scrappy’s Orleans bitters
Combine all ingredients into a stirring vessel, add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled absinthe-rinsed rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201; 503-222-7673; ravenandrosepdx.com; @ravenandrosepdx
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