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Mapping Out Portland's Most Memorable Cocktails

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[All photos: Ted Axelrod]

Portland does not have the precious, takes-itself-too-seriously cocktail culture of, (ahem), some other cities, and for that, we can be thankful. What it does have are fine places to enjoy a well-made, (please, not "crafted") signature drink - from the classics to more modern interpretations. And fine people to mix them, too. At Hugo's, Roxanne Dragon perfects the Manhattan with Old Overholt rye and whiskey-barrel-aged bitters. For Eventide next door, she plays with tiki tradition to concoct The Walking Dead, a potent rum/juice combo with house-made grenadine and an umbrella, of course. Alicja Bronk-Zdunowski at Bar Lola on Munjoy Hill is known for her version of the Ward 8, a bourbon-based, late 19th century libation made famous at Boston's Locke-Ober. Vignola Cinque Terre goes local with a Blueberry Cosmo, shaken up by Jessica Streitburger and featuring Cold River Blueberry Vodka, distilled just up the road in Freeport. Over at Gingko Blue, her brother (yes, this is a small city) Guy Streitburger, creates inventive cocktails like Catcher in the Rye, made with hot new spirit Bulleit Rye Whiskey, and has the quote of the day: "I'd rather make a drink than pour a drink." We'll raise a glass to that.

If, in our tribute to the Portland women and men and the drinks that make happy hour happy, we've missed your favorite bar, bartender or cocktail, make your toast in the comments. And don't forget to tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Basil Julep: Figa

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Pinarita: Zapoteca

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The Walking Dead: Eventide Oyster Co.

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Hugo's Manhattan, Hugo's

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Catcher In The Rye: Gingko Blue

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The Drunk Monk: The Corner Room

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The Heated Affair: Grace Restaurant

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Dry Vodka Martini: Eve's at the Portland Harbor Hotel

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Ward 8: Bar Lola

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Sonny's Silver Hammer: Sonny's

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Maine Blueberry Cosmo: Vignola Cinque Terre

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Double Trouble: The Farmer's Table

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Basil Julep: Figa

Pinarita: Zapoteca

The Walking Dead: Eventide Oyster Co.

Hugo's Manhattan, Hugo's

Catcher In The Rye: Gingko Blue

The Drunk Monk: The Corner Room

The Heated Affair: Grace Restaurant

Dry Vodka Martini: Eve's at the Portland Harbor Hotel

Ward 8: Bar Lola

Sonny's Silver Hammer: Sonny's

Maine Blueberry Cosmo: Vignola Cinque Terre

Double Trouble: The Farmer's Table