How is your summer going? Here at Enoteca we’ve been working hard on improving the Drinkery & Refuge for your enjoyment. Here’s what we’ve been up to, come check it out.
Quick Reminder: Deschutes Pint Night Wednesday July 17th starting at 4pm.
- Patio: Patio seating now available, nice comfy chairs for enjoying a delicious beverage in the summer sun
- Signage: The Drinkery & Refuge is now easier to find, with a nifty sign on the building now
- Menu: Our menu has been revamped, especially for summer drinks
Come on down to check out these improvements. If you want to read the menu before you come in, you can download it here: Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge Summer 2013 Cocktail Menu
Our menu is designed by our mixology experts Ryan, Dustin and Ash. These are the men behind the bar whenever you come in, Monday-Friday 4pm-last customer or Saturday 12-last customer. Our fantastic rotating Tap List is available starting at 11 am every day, and so is our Summer Wine Flight, and rotating wine by the glass list.
Included are fantastic historic cocktails, the drinks on this part of the menu were invented between 1803 and 1921. Take a slow, relaxing Refuge step into the past and try something unique to our modern era.
In the picture to the right, Ash is serving a twist on our menu Old Fashioned. This one is made with fresh peach, and the Bourbon is Maker’s Mark. It’s being served in the special Maker’s Mark wax dipped glass, which you can buy with the drink while supplies last.
Seasonally appropriate drinks are important to us, and we have a great list of perfect for summer drinks on this menu. We’ve also included a white and a red Sangria, get your wine on in a delicious drinkable cocktail. Each day the bar tenders introduce fresh ingredients on the chalkboard, come in and ask about the seasonal freshness, you’re sure to get a delicious and original drink.
The Manhattan section features a selection of variations on the classic drink that we are all big fans of here at the Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge. The origins are a mystery, here’s a little bit on it…
According to Wikipedia:
… the popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston’s mother) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. The success of the banquet made the drink fashionable, later prompting several people to request the drink by referring to the name of the club where it originated—”the Manhattan cocktail”. However, Lady Randolph was in France at the time and pregnant, so the story is likely a fiction.
However, there are prior references to various similar cocktail recipes called “Manhattan” and served in the Manhattan area. By one account it was invented in the 1860s by a bartender named Black at a bar on Broadway near Houston Street.
An early record of the cocktail can be found in William Schmidt’s “The Flowing Bowl”, published in 1891. In it, he details a drink containing 2 dashes of gum, 2 dashes of bitters, 1 dash of absinthe, 2/3 portion of whiskey and 1/3 portion of vermouth.
Upcoming Event Reminders
- July 17th: Deschutes Pint Night Party!
- Ladies Night: Saturday nights, 7-9pm
- July 22nd: Member Monday – Buy 1/Get 1 drinks for Members 4pm-close
- New Belgium Beer Passport: Month of Beer Offers – get a free T-shirt and enter to win a Patagonia back pack!
- New Belgium Tap Takeover: July 30th – fill your passport and enjoy some great beer!
- Portuga! Great wine value, everyone is getting in on this.
- August 15th: Widmer + Cigar City Pint Night with Spirits Pairing