.38 Special ($9)
The .38 Special is a summer favorite, combining bourbon, housemade peach syrup, lemon, spicy Angostura bitters, topped with Sierra Nevada summer ale. Being in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail helped to inspire this drink, says Wise: "They are all about keeping your drinks mobile." While Oregon doesn't have the same lax public drinking laws, it is still kind of fun to drink out of a paper bag.
End of Days ($9)
"Put good things in a glass and good things will result", says Wise. As a tribute to the Mayan interpretation of 2012, Wise selected mezcal and pisco to anchor this bright and smoky drink. The base spirits are supported by the bittersweet herbaceousness of yellow Chartreuse and Cocchi Americano, and garnished with a grapefruit twist.
Prepping the Smoking Aces
Wise lights a bamboo skewer before trapping the extinguished flame in an upturned glass, filling the glass with a smoky aroma.
Smoking Aces ($9)
This drink "allows me to explore the entertainer role of the bartender," says Wise. "The glass is filled with smoke before the ingredients are added, and when the cube drops into the glass, the smoke swirls around like a mad scientist experiment." It also adds a flavor accent to the rich aged rum, herbaceous Punt E Mes, and nutty P/X sherry in the drink, sweetened with Cointreau and finished with the warm spice of Falernum.
New Vieux ($9)
The New Vieux was created by Beaker & Flask founder Kevin Ludwig during a series of explorations into forgotten cocktails. It has been on the menu at Beaker since it first opened, and is their all-time best-selling cocktail. The New Vieux pairs spicy Jim Beam Rye with sweet apricot liqueur, the complex spice of Benedictine, and housemade bitters.
Grounded for Life ($9)
Made with freshly squeezed celery juice, spicy pepper Vodka from Bendistillery, lime, triple sec, salt, and celery bitters, this garden cocktail is savory and fresh. It was created by Kevin Ludwig during his time at Park Kitchen, and has taken on a life of its own. "People order this cocktail all over town", says Wise. "It's gotten quite a name for itself, and could be considered a modern Portland classic."