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Old Tree Gin Cocktail Party

Old Tree Gin cocktail party, Portland, OR

This post is in collaboration with Old Tree Gin.

What comes to mind when you think of gin? Vintage cocktails? Mid-century details? Hors d’oeuvres? I recently attended a cocktail party featuring Old Tree Gin, a locally crafted spirit inspired by the elegant forests of Oregon. The striking warm color immediately sets Old Tree Gin apart from other gin brands, and its smooth and lush mouthfeel makes it a great fall and winter sipper. I normally don’t enjoy spirits neat, but the botanical flavors of Old Tree Gin make this one enjoyable on its own or in a cocktail.

Old Tree Gin cocktails: Blood Orange Tom Collins, Pear Gimlet, Gin & Tonic
Old Tree Gin cocktail party, Portland, OR

Our cocktail lineup included a blood orange Tom Collins, pear gimlet, and classic gin & tonic. There was also a Singapore sling in a tiki glass that I somehow missed in my photos. The winner for me was the pear gimlet. We threw a pod of star anise in there to pretty it up, but after letting it sit for a while, the star anise added a nice touch of spice.

Pear Gimlet

Ingredients
1-1/2 oz Old Tree Gin
1/2 oz pear brandy
1/2 oz simple syrup
Juice from 1/2 lime
1 star anise pod

Shake with ice, strain into glass, float star anise. Sip, enjoy, repeat!

Old Tree Gin cocktails: Blood Orange Tom Collins, Pear Gimlet, Gin & Tonic
Old Tree Gin cocktails: Blood Orange Tom Collins, Pear Gimlet, Gin & Tonic

You can’t have a cocktail party without snacks, right? Our group pulled together a lovely spread of bites and nibbles to go with the gin. I brought a vegan red pepper cashew dip and crackers. I’m amazed that an entire red pepper only produced a faint orange after it was blended with the cashews. The non-vegan folks snacked on kimchi deviled eggs, plum upside-down cake, and a smoked gouda and cheddar cheese ball.

Vegan Red Pepper Cashew Dip

Ingredients
1-1/2 cup cashews
1 large red pepper
3/4 cup soy milk
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper

Soak the cashews overnight. Drain and rinse. (Alternatively, you can boil the cashews for a few minutes to soften them if you didn’t get a chance to soak them.)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You can add 1/4 cup more soy milk, if necessary, to achieve the right consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or heated over low heat. Serve with crackers, chips, or veggies.

Old Tree Gin cocktail party, Portland, OROld Tree Gin cocktail party, Portland, OR

Note: This post is in collaboration with Old Tree Gin. I attended a cocktail event featuring Old Tree Gin. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Marlynn Jayme Schotland
    February 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve never had that brand before but it sounds intriguing!

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      wazwu
      February 9, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

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    Maxene's Trail of Crumbs
    February 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I sure missed out on an excellent cocktail party! I love gin and am going to have to try this recipe very very soon! thank you for sharing with us all.
    I hope you share your vegan red pepper cashew dip!

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      wazwu
      February 9, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      You missed out on a fun time! Good idea… I added the recipe for the dip in there too. It’s super easy!

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    annie lee
    February 10, 2017 at 9:00 am

    kimchi deviled eggs? how do you make those? heheh looks good. i love me some gin and tonic. so refreshing!

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    Catherine Ryan Grego (@TenThouHourMama)
    February 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    How fun to make a variety of cocktails at one party! It looks like you guys had a great time.

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      wazwu
      February 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks, it was such a fun gathering!

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    sileas
    February 11, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I’m not into spirits really, but a good gin now and then is certainly something I’d enjoy! Especially when it comes with such delicious snacks :)

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      wazwu
      February 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Yes, gotta drink the good stuff! ;)

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    PinaySkattebasse
    February 11, 2017 at 2:40 am

    I am not a fun of gin, but if mix with cocktails maybe I’ll give it a try. :) Plus delicious snacks. :)

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      wazwu
      February 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Gin is definitely one of my favorites for cocktails, and everyone loves snacks. ;)

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    Hanna
    February 12, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Sounds like a nice way to spend an afternoon (evening or even whole day snacking and tasting Gin) ;) I would have never ever written this way about gin few weeks ago. I could not even go close to a bottle of gin until recently. Now I can even imagine to try this vintage Old Tree Gin! (I recently tasted Finnish Gin brand called Napue 48 and I am more open minded towards Gin)
    GO GIN!
    :D :D

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      wazwu
      February 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Haha, I think gin is an acquired taste. I didn’t like it much when I was younger. It’s a grown up drink, lol. Ooh, I have not tried that brand before… wonder if they have it here. I’ll be on the lookout for it!

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    jewels
    February 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I’m not much of a gin drinker, but my friends sure are…! I am going to ask if they’ve heard of this gin and if not, then that’s what they are getting for presents! Hehe

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    Mitzie Mee
    February 14, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    That’s my kind of party…I like the light red color of your dip, but those deviled eggs look sooooo good too:)

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