Slideshow: Portland, OR: 6 Delicious Cocktails to Drink Right Now

Strange Magic at the Rum Club
Strange Magic at the Rum Club
This tart and complex rum cocktail brings together Mt. Gay Black with lime, orange bitters, housemade mulled wine grenadine, and Zucca Amaro, which is a bittersweet Italian amaro made with rhubarb, cardamom, and herbs. The fresh lime and mulled wine syrup take the drink somewhere fruity and refreshing, but the amaro and rum add richness and a hint of smoke and caramel.

Rum Club: 720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97206 (map) 503-467-2469; rumclubpdx.com

Lost Leader from Kask
Lost Leader from Kask
This luscious Hayman's Old Tom gin-based cocktail from Kask won a last minute spot on our list of favorite cocktails of 2011. Zesty and lightly herbal, it manages to be both smooth and refreshing, with the gin botanicals meshing perfectly into a mix of fresh lemon, Rothman & Winter Orchard Pear liqueur, white rum, and Herbsaint. The oversized lemon twist enhances aroma.

Kask: 1215 SW Alder Street, Portland, OR 97205 (map) 503-‪241-7163‬; grunerpdx.com/kask

Broken Bike at Clyde Common
Broken Bike at Clyde Common
If you're eggnogged out, refresh your palate with this bracing and citrusy carbonated cocktail, made with lemon oil, Cynar, white wine, and water. It's crisp and just bitter enough; good for fans of Campari who are ready to move on to another bitter treat.

If you could go for another eggnog, you should try Clyde's, which is on the menu through January. It's amazingly fresh-tasting, just rich enough, and spiked with El Jimador tequila and sherry.

Clyde Common: 1014 Southwest Stark Street, Portland, OR 97205 (map) 503-‪228-3333‬; clydecommon.com

End of Days at Beaker & Flask
End of Days at Beaker & Flask
If you're craving something smoky, this mezcal concoction will do the trick. Vida Mezcal is mixed with pisco, Cocchi Americano, Yellow Chartreuse, and grapefruit bitters in an intensely aromatic and savory cocktail that mellows into citrus with each sip. We also highly recommend that you stay for dinner—the beef and the duck that we had were killer.

Beaker & Flask: ‪727 Southeast Washington Street, Portland, OR‬ 97214 (map) 503-‪235-8180‬; beakerandflask.com

Long Overdue at The Bent Brick
Long Overdue at The Bent Brick
Rye, apple cider, and whiskey barrel bitters shine with the addition of bar manager Adam Robinson's cherry shrub in this well-rounded cocktail.

The Bent Brick: 1639 NW Marshall Street, Portland OR 97209 (map) 503-‪688-1655‬; thebentbrick.com