I was lucky enough to spend some time this week with many members of Portland’s talented food and drink blogger community, at the rollout of the Heathman Hotel’s fall cocktail menu. The Heathman partnered earlier this year with Chef Kathy Casey of Liquid Kitchen on a selection of innovative cocktails with fresh, local flavors. It was a huge success. It’s crazy to think that that was six months ago, but the time had indeed come to mix things up and introduce a new line of drinks and snacks for fall.
The menu was created through the partnership with Chef Casey and the Heathman’s Executive Chef Michael Stanton to celebrate the bounty of Fall and to combine the restaurant’s French meets Pacific Northwest vibe. It features the bar’s first foray into cocktails on-tap and a signature brunch cocktail menu.
I’ve yet to dislike a Chef Casey creation, but I did have a couple of standout favorites. The Harvest Pumpkin Hot Toddy was far and away my favorite. It wasn’t too sweet and syrupy, but had just enough spice and sugar to warm me from the inside out. The house made pumpkin macaron garnish was just an added benefit 🙂 I also loved the Luxury Spiced Vermouth Manhattan, made with Templeton Rye Whiskey, stirred and served up with 23k gold.
Of course, there was a sparkling winner to tickle my bubbles fancy– the French Daiquiri. I could drink probably too many of these- Bacardi Superior Rum, St. Germain, Fresh Lime, Pure Cane, Argyle Sparkling and a misting of absinthe by Ms. Casey herself.
Wonderful night meeting new friends and seeing old. Huge thanks to the fabulous Rachael of Lane PR for the invite 🙂
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!