Bull Run Distillery threw a kickoff party to officially announce their Temperance Trader Straight Bourbon Whiskey was released in Oregon. Since it was Bourbon, they held it at the Pope House Bourbon Lounge, which is naturally the place to go when you’re thinking about Bourbon.
One of the featured cocktails was the Porch Swing, a tasty combination of Temperance Trader Bourbon; Rhum Clement Creole Shrubb, a delicious agricole rhum based orange liqueur from Martinique; San Pellegrino Limonata (Bitter Lemon Soda); and a sprig of basil.
The Porch Swing is one of those deceptively simple cocktails that just seem to hum along in perfect harmony, all the elements working beautifully together, until all of a sudden you realize the glass is empty, you’re crunching the last few ice cubes, and it’s time to get another.
The rye heavy spiciness and bold, rustic flavors of the Temperance Trader Bourbon is offset beautifully by the insanely delicious Creole Shrubb with its orange flavors and rum fruitiness; the Pellegrino Lemon Soda adds a piquant twang of bitterness (far different than an American soda; drier and with more lemon zest); and the basil puts in an herbal almost-mintiness that rounds out the drink beautifully.
Shame we don’t have more warm weather here in the waning days of this cooler than usual summer, for this would be an excellent warm weather cocktail. (It’s also pretty darn good right now when it’s not hot at all!)
Stop by the Pope House, ogle the countless beautiful bobbles of Bourbon, many of which you won’t see anywhere else in the Northwest, and ask them for a Porch Swing. They’ll be glad to make one up for you.