September 25 2022
In case you haven’t heard, Seattle loves its coffee no matter what the form (we know — big shocker).
In the spirit of Drink Up Week — and because it’s blazin’ hot out — we wanted to share a few refreshing, coffee-based cocktail + mocktail recipes, highlighting local roasts and ingredients. Sip + savor — you deserve a boost.
Vita's Cold Brew Manhattan can go from mocktail to cocktail by adding rye whiskey. | Photo by Caffe Vita
Caffe Vita’s Cold Brew Manhattan Mocktail ☕
This non-alcoholic beverage was created by barista championship contender Gray Kauffman, and nails those traditional Manhattan notes.
2 oz Caffe Vita cold brew
1/2 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz dark cherry juice
1/2 oz Pathfinder
2 dashes of aromatic bitters
Combine ingredients, stir over ice, strain into coupe, and top with a cherry.
Fast Penny's locally made, dark Amaro pairs well with coffee. | Photo by Fast Penny Spirits
Fast Penny Spirits Shakerato ☕
Here’s a quick + refreshing concoction from the distillery in Upper Queen Anne, which specializes in Amaro.
Shake all the ingredients with ice, then strain into a double rocks glass.
The Doctor’s Office Spanish Coffee ☕
This drink from Capitol Hill’s medicinally-named cocktail den is influenced by the famous Spanish Coffee from Huber’s in Portland, with a local twist.
- 4 oz cold brew using Boon Boona coffee
- 2 oz 15-year Torres brandy
- 1/2 oz Lustau Amontillado sherry
- 1/4 oz Lustau PX sherry
- 1/4 oz Magdala orange liqueur
Combine all the ingredients in a pot and heat until warm, though take it off the stove before it simmers so you don’t cook off the booze.
Pro tip: Use the map linked below to check out some of the great cafes + roasters around town to exercise your palate, while stocking up on beans for mixology experimentation.
Several are also part of our week-long specials extravaganza with Intentionalist, supporting local food banks — and don't forget about the Mochatini, a featured beverage at Post Pike. Our cups runneth over.
Seattle has some of the best small batch roasters in the entire country. | Screenshot via Proxi
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Drink Up Week Meet + Greet | Fri., July 29 | 4-7 p.m. | Vinnie’s Wine Shop, 2505 Second Ave. | Free | Vinnie’s wine curator will be on hand for some lessons. Also, drinks are on us. 🍷
“A Night in Paris” | Fri., July 29 | 7 p.m. | Century Ballroom at Odd Fellows Hall | $45 | Expect rhinestones, features + lots of “ooh la la” at this French-inspired cabaret show. 🇫🇷
“Somewhere Between” | Fri., July 29 | 7 p.m. | Vashon Center for the Arts | $20+ | This concert reading of a new musical tells the story of high school sweethearts torn apart.
Sip Kirkland | Sat., July 30 | 12-11 p.m. | Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza | $35+ | Sample some of the 100+ wines, beers, ciders, and cocktails while enjoying a food market and live entertainment. 🍺
Sunset Hill Walking Art Fair | Sat., July 30 | 12-5 p.m. | Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 NW 66th St. | Free | Back for its third year, this unique neighborhood fair has local artists display works on fences and in driveways. 🖼️
- Mimosa Fest | Sun., July 31 | 12-3 p.m. | The Crocodile | $15+ | Enjoy six different mimosa flavors, with tunes from a live DJ. 🥂
Black & Tan Hall Block Party | Sun., July 31 | 1-6 p.m. | The Alley behind Black & Tan Hall, 5608 Rainier Ave. S. | Free | Listen to some Afro-Latin funk from the New Triumph and attend a Brazilian Dance workshop with Dora Oliveira.
“Olga” | Sun., July 31 | 4:45 + 7 p.m. | SIFF Film Center | $13+ | This award-winning Swiss drama follows a talented young Ukrainian gymnast in exile. 🎥
We have a monthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
The raspberry CBD slushie at Rachel's Ginger Beer is a summer staple. | Photo by @rgbsoda
Still thirsty for local flavor? Last week, we asked you to send in suggestions on what Seattle’s signature cocktail should be — and quite a few enticing possibilities poured in.
One reader gave a full recipe for the Red Delicious: 1 oz each of Canadian whiskey, sour apple schnapps + cranberry juice combined. Another pointed to the Purple Haze martini, which could be a tribute to Seattle-born rock legend Jimi Hendrix. 🎸
We also dug the Mountain Spritz (Rainier cherry, gin, prosecco, grapefruit juice + rosemary), and the Hot Charlotte, which was created by local mixologist extraordinaire Murray Stenson.
There were also ideas that relied on names associated with the area’s aviation and nautical roots: Paper Plane + The Trident. And another reader wrote that "anything made with Rachel’s Ginger Beer" would work. Perhaps a CBD slushie?
But the submission that may have been the best wasn’t even a cocktail at all, yet defined the no-frills Seattle drinking scene to a tee: Rainier + a shot of Jameson. 🥃
96º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain
Not quite the history we wanted to make. If temps hit the 90s again tomorrow as expected, Seattle will have tied the record for most consecutive 90º days. Things should start to cool down by early next week with the forecast calling for more seasonal 70º days. (National Weather Service Seattle)
Sunrise + Sunset
- Rise: 5:32 a.m.
- Set: 8:40 p.m.
- Here's something to cheer about, 12s. Yesterday, the Seahawks signed star wide receiver DK Metcalf to a three-year, $72 million contract extension — with a
$30 million signing bonus. This now makes Metcalf one of the highest paid receivers in the NFL.(Field Gulls)
Well, this is wheelie cool. Issaquah Ice Cream Trike has been getting some love in the heat wave for its quirky business model — a dude selling ice cream on an electric-powered tricycle. Owner Ben Armlin started it up in 2015, but recently made upgrades and now shares his location via a live GPS. 🍦 (KING5)
Breaking nudes alert. Lawnstarter ranked Seattle as the No. 3 city in the country for naked bike riding. Factors included the regulatory landscape, size of the cycling community (because it matters), and the climate. Butt of course, the Fremont Solstice Parade likely helped our grade. 🚲 (Lawnstarter)
2,300. That’s how many sidewalk miles the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) said it has improved so far through its Levy to Move Seattle program. The initiative, approved by city voters in 2015, prioritizes pedestrian safety + impacts on mobility. 🚧 (MyNorthwest)
This week, the King County Council passed legislation that will let anyone under the age of 19 ride for free on public transit. The new system starts later this summer + replaces the $1.50 youth fare. It also gives King County Metro access to an estimated $31.7 million in state grants. 🚌
Looks like there’s a new way to Netflix + chill. Seattle-area startup Likewise is launching its own “arcade” that gamifies streaming entertainment. Players can test their knowledge in games like Moviedle by trying to guess titles from fast replays + slowly materializing posters on the screen. 🕹️ (GeekWire)
Ballard crane watch is in full effect. Plans call for a 7-story, 127-unit apartment building that includes 30 parking spots at 5206 17th Ave. NW. The project will span NW 52nd + 53rd Streets and replace four buildings. There’s a design review scheduled for Mon., Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. 🏗️ (MyBallard)
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We’ve been absolutely thrilled with all our Drink Up Week participants and their creative specials. While there are so many amazing places to check out this weekend, be sure to get over to Hannyatou in Fremont ASAP.
The Sherry Cherry Cocktail made with sochu + rye is as smooth as silk, impressing our friend Laura at Intetionalist. You may also want to grab some soba + tempura at Kamonegi right next door. Perfect pairings.
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