The sights and smells of fall are starting to make their presence felt with cooler mornings and shorter days reminding us that summer will soon be departing. With the change of seasons often comes a change in what we’re eating and drinking.
On the drinking front, Wild Roots Spirits’ Tasting Room is now fully reopen for tastings daily 12-6 pm. Located on the bustling corner of E. Burnside St. and Grand Ave., the space is bright with floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple seating areas. Guests can try the full line of Wild Roots spirits as a flight, as part of seasonally-inspired mini-cocktails and zero-proof cocktails.
Founded in 2021, husband-and-wife team Chris and Ali Joseph own and operate Wild Roots. Their all-natural spirits embody the essence of the Pacific Northwest with over a pound of real fruit in each bottle of vodka. Current offerings include eight fruit-infused vodkas: Raspberry, Apple & Cinnamon, Pear, Dark Sweet Cherry, Cranberry, Peach, Marionberry and Huckleberry; a Cucumber & Grapefruit infused Gin; a non-infused Vodka and a London Dry Gin.
They’ve recently launched a line of Vodka & Soda canned sparkling cocktails in four flavors: Peach, Lemon, Blackberry and Raspberry. The 12 ounce cocktails are sold in four packs and are ready to be enjoyed straight from the can whereever one ventures.
In addition to enjoying Wild Roots’ flavors at their Tasting Room, people can whip up cocktails or non-alcoholic “mocktails” like the Spiced Coconut Cran Cooler pictured above with the help of the recipes on Wild Roots’ website, wildrootsspirits.com/cocktails.
Spiced Coconut Cran Cooler
1/2 cup coconut milk or coconut nectar*
2 ounces Wild Roots Cranberry Vodka**
1 Tbsp maple syrup
5 drops citrus bitters
Juice from 1/2 an orange
Combine all ingredients and pour into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Top with a dash of cinnamon.
Optional garnishes: cinnamon stick and fresh cranberries.
*Coconut nectar is a sweetener that can be found at groceries like People’s Co-op.
**Substitute the cranberry vodka with cranberry juice for a non-alcoholic “mocktail.”