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Saturday Spirits: Andina’s Cocktails

Saturday Spirits: Andina’s Cocktails

This past June I celebrated my ten year anniversary with my husband. We celebrated at Andina Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. In order to find the perfect party drinks we tested many of Andina’s cocktails to find the best ones!

When I landed on Andina as an option for hosting the event I instantly knew from previous experiences that it would give the fun vibe we wanted. In order to be completely sure it was the place to go we had to visit again with friends to taste as much of the food and drinks as we could! Between our visits and the party I finally have a list of my favorite cocktails from Portland’s Andina Restaurant.

Photos are by the amazing Mary Boyden Photography unless otherwise noted. Disclaimer note: This is not a sponsored post. I am a consumer of Andina and am sharing because I feel that it is awesome. I always share when I have a sponsored post and only share what I love. See my policies on sponsored posts for more information. 

Best cocktails at Andina - Photo by Mary Boyden

Photo by Mary Boyden

 

Andina is a Peruvian restaurant that as founded in Portland, Oregon in 2003. My first visit was sometime in 2013. It was one of the nicest dates I had ever been on. We ate an amazing meal complete with cocktails and glasses of wine… but, I would be hard pressed to remember what we had that evening beyond the words delicious and engaging. The whole meal was an experience! It absolutely made a special place in my heart for Peruvian food which I believe lives up to the Andina mission.

“As a cultural ambassador, Andina’s mission is to prepare both a table and a feast around which all guests can gather and find the warmth and richness of the Peruvian spirit in its truest forms. The dishes and flavors carry stories of their own; as do the music and art. Above all, the staff at large convey what is most essential about Peru: its profound hospitality, a delight in sharing its stories, and pride in presenting food born out of love.” — from www.AndinaRestaurant.com 

 

The restaurant has beautiful spaces that can be rented for parties and events. Their Tupai room was perfect for our anniversary party! A catering menu was provided with ample choices and great selections… but, it had been so long since we had visited that we had no clue what we wanted to order!

We did a double date with a couple of our most adventurous friends with the plan to try as much on the menu— that also appeared on the catering menu— as we could. That night we tried multiple cocktails (in total, not each) to nail down a couple of signature drinks we wanted to offer at our party.

 

Best cocktails at Andina from A Well Crafted Party

Photos taken by me via my iPhone

 

Andina’s head bartender, Eddie Johnson, actually tended bar at our party. During the party he was mixing up another cocktail that he was testing and I got to have one of the first ones. It was FANTASTIC— like, gin and watermelon fantastic. While I don’t know if that drink ever ended up on their menu I do know from trying that and trying a different Bartender’s Choice that you won’t go wronger ordering that option if you are dining in the restaurant.

 

My favorite cocktails at Andina

The bar area in Andina’s Tupai room photo by Mary Boyden

What cocktails to order at Andina:

We had several favorite cocktails that we tried. However, the ones we decided to offer along with beers and wines ended up being:

  • Pisco Sour — This drink was basically our “HIS” drink at the party. We loved that it was sweet and sour and not too much for the pallette. The egg whites made it frothy and wonderful.
    Andina’s Pisco Sour is made with Macchu Pisco pisco puro mixed with lime juice, sugar and egg whites. It is then served up, topped with a dash of bitters and a squeeze of key lime. This drink is perfect if you don’t want really strong flavors. It is delicious, but pretty mellow.
  • Sacsayhamán— I fell in love with this drink the moment I tried it… but it was SPICY. I love me some spice so I easily sipped on this sweet and hot cocktail. When planning drinks for the party I kept coming back to this drink, but was unsure if it would be a crowd pleaser. I was told over and over again that this was actually their most popular drink. I just could see many of my party taking a sip and putting it down and ordering another drink due to the spice factor (which becomes expensive). However, I ended up choosing this drink when I heard the pronunciation— “Sexy Wooman.” Of course this had to be the “HERS” option! I am so glad I chose it. The guests loved it. I loved it. This drink is made by shaking habanero pepper vodka with pureed passionfruit and cane sugar. It is then served up with a sugar rim and cilantro leaf garnish.
What to order at Andina from A Well Crafted Party, photo by Mary Boyden

My reaction to the Sacsayhaman cocktail – photo by Mary Boyden

 

We had chosen to do a his and hers option really just to streamline the bar process at the party. However, in finding the right drinks we tried several others. Here are some more favorites that were HIGH contenders:

  • Horchata de Café— This almond-hazelnut horchata layered with shots of golden cinnamon rum and rich café de olla, served tall, dusted with powdered cinnamon was the perfect pair for our dessert.
  • Ron-yki-on— This was a refreshing cocktail that had such a nice flavor profile… the cardamom-sugar rim paired perfectly with the grapefruit juice, ginger rum, and lime juice.

If you are taking a trip out to Andina I hope this list helps you find a new favorite cocktail! Still can’t decide? Bartender’s Choice is a great place to start! Looking for dinner while in Portland? Please let me suggest this fun experience with great drinks.

 

Have you been to Andina? If so, what drink was your favorite?

Saturday Spirits: Gin Lemonade + A Glowing Giveaway

Saturday Spirits: Gin Lemonade + A Glowing Giveaway

I am a little surprised at how much I like these glowing glasses. When PremierGlow.com first approached me to work on a post together I *almost* said no because I couldn’t quite see myself using light up barware. Boy am I glad I ended up saying yes. These are SO fun! I like changing up the colors of the glasses to differentiate glasses for each person (easier than labels). I love how it shows off these drinks with tonic water. (Check out my last post with a glowing cocktail.)

I’m totally excited to get to share the opportunity to win some of these amazing glowing whiskey glasses and more glowing goodies! Continue to read to see how you can win!

This post is a collaboration with PremierGlow.com. All opinions are my own. For more information about my sponsored content please visit my policies page. 

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail from A Well Crafted Party

Gin Mint Lemonade

This cocktail was actually inspired by a very overpriced (but delicious looking) beverage sitting in the beverage section of a speciality food store. The drink was a mint honey-lemonade. I instantly began thinking about how delicious a mint lemonade would be with gin. I mean, really. So tasty. I added in some tonic water for a bit of bubbles, light lemon flavor, and the fun glow effect that tonic has in glasses such as these Flashing Whiskey Glasses from PremierGlow.com.

 

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail

Single Cocktail Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lemoncello
  • 1 oz mint simple syrup*
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • 1-2 oz tonic water
  • Shaker with ice
  • lemon slices and sugar for rimming the glass
  • Mint for Garnish

Single Cocktail Directions:

  1. Rub the rim of your chosen glass with a lemon slice. Dip the rim into granulated sugar.
  2. In a shaker combine gin, lemoncello, mint simple syrup, and lemonade. Shake to chill and strain into a glass.
  3. Top with tonic water.
  4. Garnish with mint and enjoy!

 

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail from A Well Crafted Party

 

Batch Cocktail Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup Gin
  • 1 cup Lemoncello
  • 1 cup mint simple syrup*
  • 2 cups lemonade
  • tonic water to top each drink
  • pitcher
  • lemon slices and sugar for rimming the glass
  • Mint for Garnish

Batch Cocktail Directions:

This cocktail is a great one to create in a batch, put in the fridge to chill, and then bring it out for a dinner alfresco!

  1. Combine the gin, lemoncello, simple syrup, and lemonade in a pitcher. Stir and put in fridge to chill.
  2. Prep glasses with a sugar rim.
  3. Pour 6 oz of mixture into rimmed glass, top with tonic water, garnish with mint, and enjoy!

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail from A Well Crafted Party

How to make Mint Simple Syrup:

Mint simple syrup is super easy to make. Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a sauce pan on medium heat. Drop in a few springs of mint. Stir occasionally. Once all of the sugar has dissolved move the temp to low and allow the mixture to absorb the mint flavors for about 15 min. Strain into a bottle and store in fridge up to two weeks.

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail from A Well Crafted Party

A Glowing Giveaway!

 

Prize: 4 of the glowing rocks glasses , glow straws, ice cubes and possibly more fun glowing goodies.

Rules/Guidelines: Enter to win a glowing gift box prize from PremierGlow.Com that includes 4 flashing rocks glasses (or equivalent chosen by PremierGlow), glow straws, ice cubes and more glowing goodies. You must be 18 to enter and have a US Mailing Address to win. This giveaway is from A Well Crafted Party and PremierGlow.com. Family and contractors of Jenni Bost are ineligible to win. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. By entering, Entrants agree to a complete release of Facebook or Twitter. No Cash Value. PremierGlow.com will provide the prize to a US Mailing Address. Giveaway begins Saturday, August 20 at 12:00 AM PST and ends Sunday, August 28 at 12:00 AM PST. The winner will be emailed at the email provided and given 48 hours to claim their prize. After 48 hours the prize will be awarded to someone else.

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Guest Welcome Gift

Guest Welcome Gift

In putting together our event guest welcome gift we were excited to be able to include a few wonderful, complimentary items from Dr. Teal’s and Nature’s Gate. All opinions are my own.For more information about my sponsored content please visit my policies page. This post contains affiliate links which are marked with an *. 

Our anniversary party was very similar to a wedding with guests coming in from other states to help celebrate. We didn’t have the opportunity to make wedding welcome baskets. (A tradition that really became popular sometime in the past 10 years after our wedding.) I love the thoughtfulness of the idea to welcome those who took the time and money to fly or drive a long distance with a small gift. So, when we invited family out to join us in celebrating I knew I wanted to have some gifts for them.

Guest Welcome Gifts

We rented a local AirBnB for my family to stay in during their stay. I didn’t want them worrying about food or toiletries when they first arrived so my guest welcome gift was put together with that in mind.

Event Guest Welcome Gift from A Well Crafted Party

I’m giving you a bit of sneak peek into the bags that were created for our anniversary party favors, but I had extras so I used it for the welcome gift as well.

What is in our welcome gift?

In the bag we put some basic groceries to help them have necessities for the first day at the AirBnB. We included some local items as well including Franz Bagels. We had cereal, milk, bagels, cream cheese, coffee, and half and half.

Event Guest Welcome Gift from A Well Crafted Party

We added in some toiletries into a box that would both help them feel more at home and also help them destress a little. Come on… family is always a little stressful wether for a wedding or a 10 year anniversary party. 😉

We included shampoo, conditioner, body wash, kids body wash, some Dr. Teal’s Body Oil* & Dr. Teal’s Body Lotion* and Nature’s Gate Sport Sunscreen*. I figured that the oil and body lotion would go a long way in de-stressing them after a long day of family fun. The sunscreen is something I’ve started to give to EVERYONE because I believe healthy skin protectants are one of the best gifts to give after going through skin cancer surgery twice now.

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