Wow, what a week. Highlights of Portland Cocktail Week included Pernod-Ricard's Welcome to Cocktail Week party, which was attended by the biggest names in the spirits business and was an absolute blast. Saturday's highlight was a battle between bartenders and cocktail-making robots—that's right. Cocktail making robots. (Though I disagree with the judges, who picked the robots as the better drink-makers.) Another high point was PDXCW's sister event, the Great American Distillers Fest, which was an opportunity to taste many wonderful craft distilled spirits, many of which are not normally available for purchase in the state of Oregon, plus lots of seminars and two cocktail competitions.
Many cocktails and countless spirits flowed throughout the week, too many to try them all, but here are a few of drinks I enjoyed most during Portland Cocktail Week, plus a few shots of Portland's (and the country's) top bartenders at work.