Treat yourself to boozy milkshakes, build-your-own bubble tea and other quintessentially Portland bevvies with our insider’s guide to the city’s best summer drinks.
Nitro Cold Brew at Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Portland’s latest coffee craze draws inspiration from the city’s other beverage of choice: beer. Stumptown Coffee Roasters locations now sport pressurized nitrogen taps that dispense not hoppy IPAs, but chocolate-y cold brew. The nitrogen gives the coffee a creamy, full-bodied texture with a thick head of foam reminiscent of a frothy pint of Guinness. Bottoms up!
Jelly Beer at Whiskey Soda Lounge
Across the street from Pok Pok awaits the famous Thai eatery’s sister bar, Whiskey Soda Lounge. The popular watering hole has imported special machines straight from Thailand that freeze and jiggle bottles of Singha beer, transforming them into sub-frozen slushies with a snow-like consistency. Move aside, Coors Light — this is the world’s coldest beer!
Boba at Brew Dr. Tea Company
Unleash your creativity at Brew Dr. Tea Company, where the build-your-own boba menu includes more than 10 flavors (including lavender, jasmine and the uniquely Oregonian marionberry) and both tapioca pearls and aloe jellies. If boba isn’t your style, the tea shop also offers hundreds of iced teas, unique signature drinks (like the turmeric-, black pepper- and ginger-infused Golden Milk Latte) and its iconic kombucha on tap. (For those on the go, bring a growler to fill or build your own 6-pack for portable kombucha goodness.) Best of all, Brew Dr. has three separate tea shops throughout Portland, meaning a glass of their funky fermented tea is nearly always within reach.
Espresso Shakes at Jim & Patty’s
Patty and Jim Roberts have been perfecting their handcrafted coffee concoctions since 1975, and their decadent mochas and milkshakes have become the stuff of local legend. Skip the Frappuccino line in favor of Jim and Patty’s original recipes, available in indulgent flavors like Caramel Fudge, Habanero Mocha, Mokaluah Screamer and Alameda Mudslide.
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Slushies at White Owl Social Club
Spring’s first sunny days herald the return of the White Owl Social Club slushy machine, churning out sweet creations like the Hornitos Plata Margarita, a blend of lime juice and tequila, and one rotating slushy cocktail featuring Jim Beam bourbon whiskey. Sip the daily special on White Owl’s sprawling backyard patio, complete with a fire pit and tabletop s’mores — the ultimate summer dessert!
Iced Chocolate Drinks at Alma Chocolates
The crafty chocolatiers at Alma bust out the ice tray when warm weather hits, offering cold versions of many of their signature hot chocolate drinks. They also feature summer specialties like horchata, chocolate-infused coconut water and the Cascadia Shaker: coconut milk, melted chocolate and berries fresh from the farmers’ market.
Grown Ass Milkshakes at Tasty ‘n’ Alder
Known as a must-try brunch destination for its biscuit boards and chocolate potato doughnuts, Tasty ‘n’ Alder also boasts a boozy trio of “Grown Ass Milkshakes.” Choose from the classic Grasshopper, the Brandy Alexander — think cognac, crème de cacao and chocolate bitters — and the Pink Squirrel, made with Tempus Fugit Crème de Noyaux—a marzipan-flavored spirit. (A few blocks away, the Original Dinerant also offers a half-dozen adults-only shakes).
CBD Mimosas at Tiny Moreso
Sister-shop to Portland’s beloved vegan bakery Rawdacious Desserts, Tiny Moreso specializes in quick vegan and gluten-free bites served alongside several tasty CBD-laced beverages. Using blood orange cranberry Albis CBD soda combined with citrusy Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut sparkling wine, this quaint snack shop concocts refreshing mimosas that will help you ease into your day feeling relaxed and revived. Not in the mood for bubbles? Try their Wanda CBD smoothie made with seasonal fruit.
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