Articles Tagged: Douglas Fir Eau de Vie


Cocktails for Christmas: Cascadia Fizz

Christmas is nearly upon us, and if you’re drinking like we are, you likely still have a half full bottle of Douglas Fir Eau De Vie to help you get in the Christmas spirit.

Today’s recipe I’ve seen floating around the internet and can be attributed to King Ferstein at Park Kitchen in Portland, Oregon.

  The Recipe

1 ounce Douglas fir eau de vie 1/2 ounce absinthe (or pastis) 1/2 ounce gin 1 ounce pasteurized egg whites 1 teaspoon simple syrup

Its a nice looking cocktail with one difficult ingredient: the pasteurized eggs. I didn’t have any on hand, and as I tend to not make cocktails with eggs when I mix at home. So I left out the egg.

Tasting Notes

Okay, tastes lot like absinthe. Faint hints of pine in the background, the gin isn’t doing much here- even with Oxley being pretty strong. This cocktail may need a non-herbal partner. The egg froth will definitely make it feel thicker, but not sure it will do a lot over the fact that even in the 2:1:1 ratio, this christmas cocktail is for the absinthe lover in your family.

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Cocktails for Christmas: The Douglas Fir Gimlet

I recently reviewed Clear Creek’s Douglas Fir Eau De Vie, and declared it “a perfect drink for the holidays.” So for Christmas 2011, we’re going to look at a few ways that other mixologists have put this liqueur to work.  Today’s Christmas cocktail is the Douglas Fir Gimlet as featured in the New York Times, as created by Audrey Sanders of New York’s Pegu Club.

The original recipe:

Douglas Fir Gimlet

1½ ounces Tanqueray gin ½ ounces Clear Creek Douglas Fir eau de vie ¾ ounces Fresh lime juice ½ ounces Simple syrup ½ ounces Homemade grapefruit syrup

Now this is a good recipe, but I made a few modifications. Firstly, the Grapefruit syrup is a necessity, but two kinds of simple syrup? Seems redundant to me. Secondly, Tanqueray is a fine gin, but I didn’t have it in stock. So I chose to make perhaps an unorthodox substitution and use Schlichte’s Steinhager style gin. Steinhager is all juniper and nothing else. I thought it would make a good supporting gin to emphasize the pine notes in this cocktail.

The Gin is In’s Douglas Fir Gimlet

1½ ounces Schlichte Steinhager style gin ½ ounces Clear Creek Douglas Fir eau de vie ¾ ounces Fresh lime juice 1 ounce Grapefruit Simple syrup*

My tasting Notes: Phenomenal cocktail.

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