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Thursday, September 04, 2008

September's Where to Drink Now

We're lucky to live in a city with everything you could ever want in the way of great bars and restaurants, but the Portland cocktail scene just got a little more interesting with the opening of The Secret Society. Located in a tiny room in the upstairs of an historic ballroom, the Secret Society does make you feel like you're stumbling onto a hidden gem. "No part of the business is visible from the street," says owner Matt Johnson. "We have a recording studio, a beautiful ballroom that holds 260 people and now a swanky cocktail lounge, and the best part is that you would never know that just walking by. It's such a great surprise once you step inside and find out what's waiting at the top of the stairs."

Dark wood and cushy seating make for a cozy atmosphere, and the cocktails pay tribute to some of the best of the classics, all served in lovely vintage glasses. "I decided to approach the cocktails with more of a revivalist or preservationist philosophy," says Johnson. On a recent night, we sampled a classic daiquiri, a Pegu Club, a Sazerac and a Green Flash. They were all delicious, but The Green Flash was definitely a crowd-pleaser, so we thought we'd share the recipe, which Johnson says he found in Mittie Hellmich's Ultimate Bar Book and adapted with a couple of tweaks (i.e., a sugar cube instead of simple syrup).

The Green Flash
1 1/2 oz. light rum
3/4 oz. Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1 sugar cube
Soda Water
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail

Shake ingredients, making sure to dissolve the sugar cube. Strain into a glass and top with a splash of soda water.


annie said...

Never heard of this place, and I'm in PDX! Thanks for putting it on my radar.

Anonymous said...

Is this in the same building as Toro Bravo?

imbibemagazine said...

Yes, Toro Bravo is on the ground level.