VVC Cocktail Lounge Field Trip

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Oh, hello! Happy Friday! I had a hard time motivating to write this post because I finally watched one Leslie Hall video and then COULDN’T STOP. Holy heck.

Anyway, the ladies of VVC descended on a swanky cocktail lounge in the Pearl District last night for our weekly meeting. All in the name of research.

Olive or Twist—cutesy name, cozy interior.

The cocktail menu was small, by Portland standards, with about 15 listed. Luckily for us, there were a couple of real gems in there.

My favorite:


The Spicy Peach – $8.50
Stoli Peach vodka, lime, muddled Serrano chilies, and simple syrup. Yes it is spicy!

Review: This cocktail didn’t have as much of a kick as I expected—and hoped—but it tasted like spicy peach limeade and went down in under five minutes.

I will totally make a version of this at home.

The drink that Michele was most excited to try:

lemon drop

Limoncello Drop – $8.50
Vodka, Pallini Limoncello, and a squeeze of fresh lemon with a sugar rim. A great twist on a favorite.

Review: A little too sweet with the limoncello instead of triple sec, which means Michele is still on the quest for that perfect lemon drop.

Runner Up:

Jess and I both enjoyed The Peruvian – $8.50 -Mazama Pepper vodka, mango puree, and lime juice.

I don’t have a picture of the Peruvian, so instead I will leave you with this:


I don’t know if you can tell, but it’s a painting of a woman flying over the ocean with her cat.

I saw it while walking in Santa Cruz on my Bay-area vacation last weekend. What a terrific picture.

3 thoughts on “VVC Cocktail Lounge Field Trip

    jess scone said:
    October 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I’m totes buying serranos this weekend.

    CraftyEarthMama said:
    October 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I could go for 1 or 2 of those spicy peach ones. Yum!

    Heartsong said:
    October 15, 2011 at 8:56 am

    The perfect lemon drop is usually found at home, with fresh squeezed lemon juice, potato vodka, & agave syrup… shaker, sugar (vegan) lined martini glass, & friends to help shake.

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