It’s easy to get grumpy these days — the music is too loud, the kids are always on your lawn, no one wants to help you figure out your television set. There is one cocktail that can make those troubles go away: The Woodblock Old Fashioned from Woodblock in Redmond. The smooth bourbon — Woodblock’s House Elijah Craig small batch, aged nine years — is complemented by the slightest hint of simple syrup and finished off with a dash of Angostura bitters.
Hikers, bikers, and climbers alike need to come in from the woods every once in a while. The Lumberjack from Kelnero in Edmonds — with gin, Angostura bitters, Douglas fir bitters, Douglas fir brandy, and honey — will ease all the aches and pains from the day’s strenuous workout. The hints of pine and honey will remind them of their home away from home: the wilderness.
The Glamour Girl
Oh, hey, girlfriend! Turn up the Ariana Grande when you order the THANK U, NEXT cocktail from Lot No. 3 in Bellevue. The belvedere vodka — served on the rocks — doesn’t have too strong of a flavor when combined with passionfruit, mint-raspberry syrup, and lime.
The Mad Scientist
As much as you’d probably rather create your own bubbling concoction, it’s time to put away the vials and head to Bluewater Distilling in Everett. The Convergence Zone cocktail has a very specific recipe — one with a complexity that you’ll appreciate. It includes Earl Grey-infused organic vodka, ginger-infused simple syrup, triple sec, lemon, mint leaves, and a couple of dashes of peach bitters, shaken with ice and strained into a tall martini glass. The concoction has a bite that could bring life to the creation in your laboratory.
The flavor of this cocktail is one that could inspire poetry. The Hemingway Daiquiri from Bottle & Bull in Kirkland features white rum joining forces with maraschino liqueur, lime juice, and grapefruit juice for an epic journey along your taste buds.
You’re so hip, you’ve probably already ordered this cocktail, and now it’s old news: the 21st Century cocktail at Civility and Unrest in Bellevue. It has a modern selection of ingredients: cognac, cacao, espresso-infused vermouth, lemon, and peated scotch.
You’ll love this take on a classic ’80s cocktail. The Flannel Shirt cocktail from The Shed at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell has notes of apple cider and allspice finished with smooth blended scotch — you won’t be able to contain yourself from telling people how cool you are.
Trying to find a drink as sweet as you are? Try the Holy Cow Whiskey Milkshake from Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville. It features Woodinville Whiskey Co. bourbon blended with gobs of chocolate, vanilla, and Nutella.
The Drama Queen
Let them drink cocktails! The Marie Antoinette cocktail from The Commons in Woodinville contains all the trappings of extravagance for even the most extra among us. Gin, pamplemousse, lemon, blood orange, and sparkling wine make up the sweet libation.