Glasses rimmed with smoked salt. Ice cream swirled with peanut butter and splashed with local spirits. We have rounded up some of the sweetest, saltiest, baconiest, and most creative craft cocktails on the Eastside. Here are 27 to put on your “must sip” list. Not all at once, of course. Enjoy responsibly.
The Hollywood Tavern,
14508 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Woodinville
Woodinville Whiskey Co. rye, Meletti Amaro, and Root Beer Bitters. The delicious whiskey smell, cut with root beer, and washed down with the caramel finish of Amaro. So. Good. Yeah, Hollywood Tavern is on our list twice for a reason.
The Hollywood Tavern, 14508 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Woodinville
Vanilla soft serve+ apple pie glaze + bourbon = Yum
Chocolate soft serve + peanut butter + bourbon = Double yum
Chocolate soft serve + vanilla soft serve + Nutella + bourbon = Triple yum
Black Bottle Postern,
919 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
Jameson Irish Whiskey, Fernet, green tea, ginger and lemon. The perfect wake-up after a long night of bar-hopping? This cocktail tastes of tea and lemon, with Jameson on the back end to do the heavy lifting.
Bis on Main, 10213 Main St., Bellevue
Belvedere Polish vodka, PAMA Pomegranate liqueur, lemon juice, and Prosecco. We’re sure Molly Ringwald would approve of this pretty-in-pink drink. It’s fruity and sparkly, but don’t be fooled — it’s a solid selection thanks to the vodka.
520 Dirty Martini
520 Bar & Grill, 10146 Main St., Bellevue
Snow Leopard Vodka, garnished with olives hand-stuffed with blue cheese! Aside from being a delicious, classic cocktail, the 520 Dirty Martini helps support a great cause. Snow Leopard Vodka donates 15 percent of its profits to support snow leopard conservation projects through the Snow Leopard Trust.
Moksha, 515 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
Pepper-infused vodka, orange juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Don’t let the name scare you away; the citrus balances perfectly with the pepper-infused vodka, making it not too sweet, not too spicy.
Smoke & Fire Mango
Agave Cocina & Tequilas,
1048 NE Park Drive, Issaquah
Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Chile de arbol-infused tequila, and fresh lime. With a combination of ancho chile liqueur, tequila infused with Chile de arbol, and artisanal mezcal, the fresh lime is your only solace from the fire.
John Howie’s Manhattan
Beardslee Public House,
19116 Beardslee Blvd., Bothell
Chef’s Private Woodford Reserve bottling, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Chef John Howie’s signature Manhattan is a delicious craft specialty to accompany the great food and relaxing atmosphere of the new Beardslee Public House.
Bottle & Bull,
105 Lake St., Kirkland
Rye, Rhum agricole, China-China, yellow chartreuse, absinthe, Angostura bitters. With a menu full of cocktails inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Bottle & Bull should be a favorite of any writer on the Eastside. The Silencio offers the sweet burn Hemingway sought in his early, tropical days.
535 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
Pueblo Viejo Tequila Blanco, lime, Giffard Crème Pamplemousse (grapefruit) liquer, fresh grapefruit, soda, and fleur de sel. This near-margarita is a refreshing escape from the spicy flavors that are trending in the winter months.
10500 NE eighth St. no. 2100, Bellevue
Whistle Pig rye, maple water, chocolate bitters, and orange peel. The maple water and chocolate bitters give this cocktail a chocolate-chip-pancake taste. Sounds like the breakfast of champions.
The Commons, 14481 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Woodinville
Classic: Vodka + house mix + celery rim = A perfectly mixed, no nonsense Bloody Mary.
Farmhouse: Bacon bourbon + house mix + smoked salt rim + bacon + bacon + more bacon = A perfectly acceptable breakfast option!
Spicy: Peppercorn vodka + hot sauce + house mix + chipotle-pretzel salt rim = A spicy wakeup; whether you’re a fan of heat or not, you’ll want to order one to try the chipotle-pretzel salt rim.
Toasted Coconut Martini
El Gaucho, 450 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue
House-infused coconut rum, pineapple juice, lime sour, and triple sec. This cocktail keeps it simple, and that’s its strength. The coconut rum blends seamlessly with the fruit juices, producing a bursting flavor that can’t be matched.
Apple Blueberry Martini
Habitant — Nordstrom,
100 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
Kettle One, Grand Marnier, muddled Granny Smith apples, and blueberries. Muddled blueberries and apples smooth out the sting of the Kettle One, finishing with a cool tang of orange from the Grand Marnier. This seasonal cocktail is available in fall and winter, so get one while they’re chilled.
Lot No. 3, 460 106th Ave. NE, Bellevue
Westland’s American Single Malt, absinthe, Angostura bitters, Peychaud’s bitters, and sugar. Cutting the single malt with sugar and the syrupy Angostura bitters, this cocktail is not just for the sophisticated scotch drinker.
Shiso Wild Drop
700 Bellevue Way NE No. 50, Bellevue
Veev Acai, triple sec, house-made lemon sour, muddled Shiso, huckleberry tea-sugar rim. Voted best cocktail in Bellevue by the Bellevue Downtown Association!
Root Beer Barrels
989 112th Ave. NE, Bellevue
Absolut Vanilla, Irish cream liqueur, and Barq’s Root Beer, served on the rocks. This cocktail is a delicious adult root beer dessert in a glass.
Fig Old Fashioned
The Stone House, 16244 Cleveland St., Redmond
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, balsamic vinegar, figs, black walnut bitters, orange juice, and maple syrup. Balsamic vinegar, figs and black walnut bitters are not everyday ingredients on a cocktail menu, but this drink deserves high praise for combining complex flavors into a delicious cocktail, and for bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Redmond.
Starvation Alley Sling
The Flat Iron Grill,
317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. No. 28, Issaquah
Washington’s Starvation Alley cranberry juice, Makers Mark Bourbon, St. Germain Elderflower liquer, and orange bitters. With cranberry juice sourced locally from Long Beach’s Starvation Alley Farms, and a delicious taste to boot, this cocktail is poised to become a regional trademark.
Volterra, 121 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland
Herencia tequila reposado, Tuaca, peach puree, and fresh lime sour. The peach puree adds a fresh, sweet twist to this timeless classic.
14580 NE 145th St., Woodinville
Tito’s handmade vodka, fresh lime, and ginger beer served over ice in a copper mug. This Moscow Mule pulls off being spicy and refreshing.
Vovina, 15 Lake St., Kirkland
Vodka shaken with muddled lime, fresh jalapeño, cilantro, and a dash of sugar, then double-strained. No getting around it: This cocktail is spicy. But with some sugar, and a hint of cilantro, it’s addictive and glorious.
Terracotta Red Bistro,
2820 Hewitt Ave., Everett
Ginger-infused Yazi vodka, fresh lime and pineapple juice. This cocktail will quell your tropical fantasies over the long winter months.