ORIGINAL SPIRITS: ROSES ARE RED, PORTLAND IS GREEN

ORIGINAL SPIRITS: ROSES ARE RED, PORTLAND IS GREEN Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Oh, Vodka, sweet, sweet Vodka. Is there anything you can’t do? You’re the invisible ink in every drink, the escape artist who disappears in chains and then emerges, unshackled, a drink or two in.

White Russians, Black Russians, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers: More than any other spirit, you, Vodka, are as versatile as a Swiss Army Knife, enjoyed as much by Saturday night revelers as you are by Sunday morning brunchers.

And the best part (at least for those of us living in Stumptown), is that you no longer need be imported from Poland or Russia, because resourceful distillers are making you right here in and around  the City of Roses.

So this Wednesday, we’re dressing you up in a dusky pinks can calling you Roses Are Red, Portland Is Green.

Before we explain what that means, let us be clear: sure, that name’s a mouthful, but the drink, itself, is a mouthful—of you, Vodka, of you. Bend-born and carefully crafted Crater Lake Vodka, to be precise.

And what gives you your pink hue? That’s our housemade Five Flower Soda, which we steep with the herbal essences of elderflower, lavender, chamomile, orange blossom and hibiscus.

Add in some lime juice and a drop of Seattle’s Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters, serve you on the rocks and there you are: a red drink with a footprint as green as your tightly coiled lime twist.