Portland’s top 10 winter drinks

Warm your belly with the city’s best seasonal concoctions.

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    Stuart Mullenberg

    Nothing tastes better on a dark and stormy evening than decadent hot chocolate or cozy rum cocktails. Raise a toast to winter with these top-notch seasonal drinks:

    Baba Sima’s Tonic


    Celebrated Russian restaurant Kachka is best known for its infused vodka flights paired with traditional zakuski (drinking snacks), but the true showstopper is Baba Sima’s Tonic, a brandy concoction made with overproof rum and Townshend’s Crème de la Earl Grey Tea. The potent concoction is prepared tableside in an ornate stein and comes topped with a flaming sugar cube.

    Cafe Calva

    Teardrop Lounge

    For a toddy with a caffeine kick, the cocktail wizards at Teardrop Lounge serve up a toasty beverage with Calvados apple brandy and chicory-infused coffee from local roasters, Coava, topped with fragrant garam masala whipped cream. ‘Tis the season, indeed!

    Drinking Chocolate Pour-Over


    Discerning chocolate shop Cacao offers its own spin on the classic Italian affogato: Chocolatiers pour churned drinking chocolate over Salt & Straw’s savory olive oil ice cream, then spoon on glazed cocoa nib clusters nicknamed “Craque” to create a rich, crackling cup of heaven.
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    Organic Abominable Winter Ale

    Hopworks Urban Brewery

    Portland’s Hopworks is beloved for its light golden lager and summery kolsch, but its winter beers are well worth warming to. The annual Abominable Winter Ale promises a spicy, citrusy medley of organic Northwest hops. (And in true Portland fashion, we recommend upcycling the festive-looking 16-ounce can into a Christmas tree ornament.)

    The Empire

    Tabor Tavern

    This Tabor Tavern cocktail bursts with comforting winter flavors — think cider, coffee, cinnamon and rum — for the ultimate seasonal beverage. A lengthy ingredient list includes Myers’s Dark rum, Amaretto Di Saronno, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, house-made apple bourbon bitters, coffee, whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

    Volcano Bowl

    Hale Pele

    Bid aloha to the winter blues at atmospheric tiki bar Hale Pele, which offers an array of tropical rum delights. Gather your friends around the Volcano Bowl, a group drink made with grapefruit, lime, allspice and aged rums, served in a giant goblet topped with towering flames.

    Hot Toddies

    Produce Row

    A deep roster of hot toddies awaits at laidback Central Eastside gastropub Produce Row. Banish winter chills with the classic Old Row Toddy, featuring honey ginger syrup, or the spicy Sailors Dream of Shore with Sailor Jerry and Ancho Reyes.

    Thai Coconut Cup

    Alma Chocolate

    The artisan makers at Alma Chocolate don’t limit themselves to solid bars. The dynamic drink menu includes decadent creations like the exotic Thai Coconut Cup, made with lime zest, candied ginger, coconut milk, chili and milk chocolate ganache.

    Irish Coffee

    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

    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.



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