A | A | A

The Bitter End

Posted on  | October 27, 2011   Bookmark and Share
Written by |

Brandon Wise is bar manager at BEAKER & FLASK, PORTLAND, OR

 “Portland’s cocktail scene is similar to that of its food scene—two parts super talented, and one part rebel attitude,” points out Brandon Wise, bar manager at Beaker & Flask in the city’s Industrial District and VP of the Oregon Bartenders’ Guild. “There’s an underlying philosophy here that adheres to using high-quality ingredients with a focus on technique and expressing our region with local distillates and a farm-to-glass mentality.”

Enter “The Bitter End,” Wise’s refreshing libation crafted from Oregon made Ransom Old Tom Gin. It’s his signature drink for Portland Cocktail eek, held October 20th – 23rd, to celebrate “our passion for quality and our penchant for fun alongside the ever expanding bartending community from all over the globe.” The cocktail, says Wise, is “a toast to Portland Cocktail Week and the end of an era of pretentious ‘mixologists.’”

1 ½ oz. Ransom Old Tom Gin
¾ oz. Gran Classico Bitter
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. quinine syrup*
¼ oz. 2:1 simple syrup
3 dashes Regan’s orange bitters

Build ingredients in mixing tin; add ice, then shake and double strain into a Collins glass over ice. Top with soda and garnish with quartered cucumber and lemon wheels.

* Beaker & Flask quinine syrup adapted from Kevin Ludwig’s recipe
7 cups water
2 cups pure cane sugar
4 Tbsp. quinine (powdered cinchona bark; available in some herb stores or online)
10 Tbsp. powdered citric acid (found in the bulk section of most well-stocked grocery stores)
3 limes, cut into chunks

Stir well and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the powders are dissolved and the syrup is thin and runny. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain out the large chunks through a colander, then filter through cheesecloth or coffee filters to refine. Funnel the syrup into sterilized glass bottles, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.


Comments are closed.

About Us | Contact Us | Wholesaler Login | Publisher Login | Licensees Login
Copyright © 2016 Beverage Media Group ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
152 Madison Avenue, Suite 600, New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-571-3232 | Privacy Policy | Legal Notice