This spring, the Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe expands their history of partnership with the city’s most celebrated culinary sensations by mixing up cocktails inspired by four local brands. The Mixed in PDX series features artisan producers Salt & Straw, Jacobsen Salt, Bee Local Honey, and Smith Teamaker—and it's delicious.
The Driftwood Room's lead bartender Mike Robertson was given free reign to create the swanky bar's summer cocktail menu and says he “really wanted to feature the quality ingredients” that he was tasked to work with for the special series. Here’s what he came up with:
- Local Honey—Aria gin, Farigoule wild thyme liqueur, Bee Local honey, and fresh lemon juice
- Ghost in the Machine—Volstead and Hot Monkey vodkas, Aperol, blood orange and grapefruit juices, fresh lemon juice, basil simple syrup, Jacobsen Smoked Ghost Chili Salt rim
- Driftwood Sazerac—Smith Teamaker hibiscus tea simple syrup, Pacifique Absinthe, Bulleit Rye, Angostura and Peychaud bitters
- Floating Straw—Deschutes Black Butte Porter and Salt & Straw Sea Salt Ice Cream with Caramel Ribbon
The Mixed in PDX cocktail series debuted on April 11 and will be available through the end of summer. I was lucky enough to sip each of these crave-worthy cocktails and can only hope that they’ll extend that end date...preferably indefinitely!
Want to sample some of these locally inspired drinks yourself? Head to the Hotel deLuxe, located at 729 SW 15th Ave. The Driftwood Room is open from 2 pm to 11:30 pm Sunday-Thursday and 2 pm to 12:30 am on Friday and Saturday. Happy sipping!