.5 oz. Clear Creek Distillery loganberry liqueur
.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
1-2 oz. IPA (your choice — I'm not going to tell a Portlander what beer to drink)
Shake the first four ingredients over ice and strain into a short tumbler filled with ice. Top with IPA to taste, and give it a good stir.
This cocktail, like Powell's, is seriously committed to Portland and offers something for everyone. I happen to think it's a lovely drink, light and fizzy, the perfect balance of tart, sweet, and bitter. But when I make it for friends, everybody wants to tinker with the ingredients, adding a little more fruit liqueur, dialing back the lemon juice, or adjusting the ratio of gin to beer.
So go ahead — customize it. Just as a certain enormous bookstore on Burnside caters to everyone's unique needs, this drink does, too. If you can't stand the thought of even an ounce or two of beer in your cocktail, use soda water instead. And if you're one of those beer aficionados who is offended by the mere suggestion of polluting beer with other ingredients, then just leave the rest out and drink the beer. See how easy that is?
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Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. She is the cofounder of the popular blog Garden Rant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books. The Drunken Botanist is her latest book.
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Amy Stewart is the author of The Drunken Botanist