Red Wood Road Cocktail

by Stevi on October 25, 2010

in Original,Thursday Drink Night,Whisky

This past week was the first annual Portland Cocktail Week, and the CSOWG decided to hold Drink.Write 2010 in conjunction with the festivities. And since many of us were in Portland together, it was only natural to hold a live Thursday Drink Night.

Thanks to the valiant efforts of Lush Life Productions, we had a wide selection of spirits and a camera crew on hand to record the shenanigans. Jacob Grier emceed as several of gave it our best shot.

Giving a quick scan of the table, I discovered a bottle of Woodinville Whiskey‘s Headlong White Dog. I had my first taste of this product just the weekend before at their grand opening event, and was pretty excited with what I tasted.

I also saw a bottle of Dimmi, an Italian herbal liqueur I first tasted at Tales of the Cocktail 2009. It brings the sweetness of nebbiolo grappa with a rich blend of herbs.

Blending the two, I felt not much more was needed. I found some Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters completed the picture, and my drink was done.

Red Wood Road

2 oz Woodinville Whiskey Headlong White Dog
0.5 oz Dimmi Liquore di Milano
4 dashes Scrappy’s Grapefruit bitters

I named this strong, boozy drink with lots of flavor after the road I drive between Redmond and Woodinville. This was popular enough when I passed it around that it was voted best drink of the night.

My prize? I had a spot in the semi-finals for the Portland Cocktail Invitational. And that’s a story I will save for the next post.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Camper English October 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm

And I never even got to try it!


Greg Harned October 25, 2010 at 11:20 pm

It was wonderful! Sorry you missed it Camper. This was my first taste of Dimmi and a wonderful use of it in a fine cocktail.


cocktailnerd October 26, 2010 at 4:50 am

The Red Wood Road was certainly one of the best of the night, now if only I could make it in the next 5 years. (stupiddumb Oklahoma)

Do you know anything about Woodinville’s mash bill for their White Dog?


Stevi October 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

I know it’s 100% organic grains, and they do all the processing in their distillery. They won’t give very detailed percentages on their bill, aside from rye is the second largest component.


Ouroboros October 26, 2010 at 10:37 am

I wish I’d stayed around for TDN Live.

I finally got to taste the Woodinville white dog on Sunday night at Teardrop. I was amazed at the well-rounded-ness of it. I spoke with Steve Williams, as I recall (please correct me if I’m mistaken) he said the grain bill is 70% corn, and the remainder was rye and wheat.


Susannah November 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Can we post this cocktail to our facebook page? sounds amazing! we will of course give credit where credit is due.


Stevi November 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Of course, you’re welcome to post it; a link back to this post would be most appreciated. Thanks for the great products!


Jordan December 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm

As a NW native, I’m definitely a fan of all the distilling that’s going on around here these days.

What’s the flavor of the Headlong like? I’m curious how it compares to House Spirit’s white dog, especially considering the lower proof. No matter what, it’s something I’d like to try, since the price is still a bit on the high side for a blind buy.


Stevi December 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I haven’t tasted House Spirits white dog since I was at the holiday party last year. I do have fond memories of it and regret not buying a bottle.

That said, the Headlong is my favorite white dog of what I’ve tasted to date. It really lets the grain flavors play. You’ll have to make it to Woodinville next time you’re in the area, as they do tastings at the distillery.


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