Gallery: First Look: Cocktails at Riffle in Portland, OR

Mayor Rock ($12)
Mayor Rock ($12)
The Mayor Rock cocktail is Riffle's take on the Old Fashioned, made with Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, Laird's Bonded Applejack, a dash of agave, and Angostura and orange bitters. The rich and smoky cocktail is served with one large solid hand-carved ice sphere.
Riffle Collins ($11)
Riffle Collins ($11)
The Riffle Collins is a riff on the classic Dr. Fink cocktail. It's bright and savory with a balance of citrus juice, freshly pressed celery juice, a few dashes of absinthe, and a pinch of salt. Absinthe and celery juice lend the drink a lovely pale shade of green to welcome the spring.
Emily Baker
Emily Baker
Emily Baker squeezing fresh lemon juice for the Riffle Collins.
Hierarchy of Needs ($10)
Hierarchy of Needs ($10)
The Hierarchy of Needs was created by Emily Baker and was the winning cocktail at the most recent Northwest Food and Wine Festival. It is a variation on the Vieux Carre cocktail and is made with Dry Fly Gin from Dry Fly Distillery in Spokane, WA. A little Damson Gin ramps up the gin qualities and adds tart plum flavor. Cognac provides a rich depth and Berg & Hauck's Creole Bitters (made in the style of the original Peychaud's recipe) round out the mix.
400 pound ice block
400 pound ice block
A layer of cloudy natural mineral deposits in the water rises to the top 2 inches of the 400 pound ice block. That's chopped off with a chainsaw, leaving crystal clear ice to be further sectioned into pieces destined for your drink glass.
Hovercraft ($9)
Hovercraft ($9)
The Hovercraft cocktail was named in tribute to the web design firm who created the Riffle website. The cocktail offers a little something for all palates with a combination of bright, floral, fruity, and spicy flavors. The base spirit, Hot Monkey, is produced by New Deal Distillery in Portland, and is a hot pepper infused vodka. The heat is tamed with the addition of Peche de Vigne (the sweet peach liqueur from Combier), and a touch of honey. Lemon juice brightens the mix while a barspoon of Benedictine adds an additional layer of richness and complexity.
Chrysanthemum ($8)
Chrysanthemum ($8)
The Chrysanthemum is a classic cocktail that uses a large dose of vermouth as the base. In this version, Riffle uses Dolin Dry Vermouth, Pacifique Absinthe from Pacific Distillery in Woodinville, WA, and Benedictine, an herbal liqueur. A dash of orange bitters adds a touch of citrus, before the entire mixture is then diluted slightly and carbonated to be served on draft.