Slideshow: Bartender's Choice: What to Order at Tabla in Portland, Oregon

Lia Termini
Lia Termini
The head bartender at Tabla shows off her housemade strawberry shrub.
Green to Me ($9)
Green to Me ($9)
Termini uses an immersion circulator to infuse Gordon's gin with fresh basil leaves. "Because of the vacuum seal," she says, "the plants do not oxidize and the resulting basil-infused gin has a much more powerful, pure basil flavor." She then adds a splash of St. Germain, simple syrup, and lime juice to brighten the mix. The drink is topped with an aromatic mint leaf.
The Glass Slipper ($8)
The Glass Slipper ($8)
The Glass Slipper is Termini's riff on a French 75 cocktail. "I wanted to incorporate Cava into a cocktail as bubbles are a great way to start a meal," said Termini. "The lemon verbena infused vodka lends a subtle herbal brightness, that pairs perfectly with the bittersweet Cocchi Americano and balanced with a splash of sweet cassis liqueur."
Strawberry Fields Forever ($8)
Strawberry Fields Forever ($8)
"The Strawberry Fields Forever is inspired by a dessert that used to be on the menu at Tabla that I still crave," said Termini. "It was angel food cake made from scratch with a pink peppercorn and vanilla anglaise, and I wanted to replicate that in a cocktail without the heavy richness of the dessert." The result is a refreshing blend of house-infused strawberry shrub, Termini's pink peppercorn and vanilla vodka, and soda.
Negroni ($9)
Negroni ($9)
"I had to include the Negroni on my best drinks to order at Tabla list, mostly because they are so popular among the staff," said Termini. A good Negroni, she says, "is all about the vermouth, and I use Carpano Antica in our Negroni at Tabla because of the bold, rich flavor that can stand up to the bitterness of the Campari and herbaceousness of the gin."