Ladies and gentlemen of legal drinking age, please inch a little closer to the computer screen for a special announcement. Starting right now and ending, oh, around cocktail hour on Friday, Eater will be your headquarters for all things shaken and stirred for Cocktail Week 2012. We're going to visit beloved neighborhood joints, spotlight iconic dives, chat with Eater Maine's Bartender of the Year Guy Streitburger and feature all manner of maps and guides as we raise a glass to the people and places that make this a great drinking town.
To wet your whistle, here's a sampling of seasonal cocktails on menus now at notable spots to meet for a drink, in town and just beyond.
Pumpkin Maple Fizz — Double Cross Luxury Vodka, pumpkin maple butter, house-made pumpkin syrup, prosecco
100 Commercial St. Portland
Maine Mead Lemonade — 555 house lemonade mixed with Maine Honey Mead.
555 Congress St, Portland
Caramel Apple Martini — Pinnacle Sour Apple Vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, Sour Apple Pucker, rimmed with caramel sauce
Sea Glass at Inn By The Sea
40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth
Honey Badger — Mulled Honey Jack, agave nectar, hot water and lemon juice.
20 Milk St, Portland
Short Stack — Boulard Calvados, Sapling Maple Liqueur, Maine apples and cider with a graham-cinnamon rim
The Farmer's Table
205 Commercial St. Portland
[All photos Ted Axelrod]