Can’t decide between a caffeine boost or a stiff drink? You don’t have to in Portland, where delicious coffee cocktails are in abundant supply.
Co-owner/bartender Alise Moffatt of Shift Drinks shakes juniper-forward gin with lavender-infused milk, cold brew and a smidge of maraschino to create the elegantly herbal Ada to Irene, served straight up with a garnish of orange oil and a lavender sprig.
Bit House Saloon
Heat up your caffeinated imbibing with the Calrissian Nudge at Bit House Saloon, a hot and boozy blend of New Deal Mud Puddle chocolate vodka, Grind espresso liqueur and Water Avenue Coffee, topped with a dollop of marshmallow fluff. Ready for a drop in temperature? Try the vanilla coffee stout, served boilermaker-style with Plantation rum.
Can’t decide between coffee or a cocktail when brunching? At Expatriate, you don’t have to. The David Howitt cocktail conveniently blends the two into a cool, frothy sipper made with bourbon, egg, creme de cacao, B.G. Reynolds cinnamon syrup and Extracto cold brew.
Irish Coffee at Raven and Rose
The best pick-me-up on a rainy afternoon? We’d argue for a classic Irish coffee at downtown’s Raven & Rose. Head upstairs to the Rookery Bar, the carriage house’s hidden drinking hole, for a creamy, caffeinated cocktail made with good Irish whiskey and local Spella coffee.
Spanish Coffee at Huber’s Café
Established in 1879, Huber’s Café has been pleasing patrons with its signature drink for more than a century. Kahlua, Bacardi 151, Bols triple sec and coffee are mixed, flamed tableside with great flair and topped with fresh whipped cream and nutmeg.
Mocktail at Either/Or
Too early for a cocktail? Try one of Either/Or’s rotating cocktails, which change regularly. Previous drink options included the “Coffee Flip,” a combination of housemade chai, cold brew, nutmeg and a whole raw egg, served with a slice of orange peel.