Many cities around the U.S.A. have had drinks named in their honor. I am sure that is also true of Portland, Oregon — but none appear in the noteworthy drink books of the past.
I have been coming to Oregon since the late 1960’s (as a small child). Now, I finally live here in Portland. I felt that the city deserves a drink, so I made this. This drink is more of a good drink than a deeply inspired one. My alumni will recognize that its form is fairly consistent with the Old Manhattan Cocktail of the 1880’s — but with drier, and more local, flavor.
If you don’t like this one, you probably never will favor true cocktails (I refer to the historically-accurate, and historic, type of drink — not tipples, in general).
Here it is. Click on the image to enlarge it.