Cocktail of the Week: Physically Forgotten

March 31, 2017

The aptly named Shift Drinks in downtown Portland, Oregon has quickly become one of the favorite hangouts for the city’s bar and restaurant industry staff. Open late every night with remarkably good deals on food and drink, it’s easy to see why. There’s no other place like it to enjoy great cocktails, a shot and a beer, or a bottle of Champagne to-go at 2:00 in the morning.

The cocktails at Shift Drinks tend to pair easy execution with complex layers of flavor, allowing the bartenders to efficiently deliver high quality drinks to a crowded room. Owner Alise Moffat’s “Physically Forgotten” cocktail exemplifies that approach. She wrings a complex, rich cocktail from just three spirits and a couple dashes of bitters. (Paul Simon fans may notice frequent allusions to the songwriter’s lyrics on Alise’s menus; this one is from “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”.) The ratio of spirits Alise uses in this cocktail is one she turns to often as a template for creating new drinks. It works wonderfully here, bringing a silky richness from the maraschino without burying the nuances of the gin and Cynar.

Physically Forgotten CocktailPhoto Credit: Jacob Grier

Making the Physically Forgotten cocktail

You can never have too many simple, stirred cocktails in your repertoire. And if they’re comprised entirely of spirits — no need for squeezing citrus juice or making syrups — that’s even better. The Physically Forgotten cocktail requires just a few versatile bottles that are worth having in any well-stocked home bar.

– 1 ½ oz Beefeater Gin
– ¾ oz Cynar
– ½ oz Luxardo Maraschino
– 2 dashes orange bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice and pour into a chilled coupe. Express a lemon peel over the drink and discard.

Want to make your own Physically Forgotten cocktail? You’re going to need a bottle of something good first!

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