Springtime Sips: Oyster Cocktail Pairings, Hop Water, and Other Seasonal Libations

Altitude Rooftop Cocktails Photo courtesy of Altitude Sky Lounge

Spring is here and we are loving the blooming flowers, sunshine, and outdoor activities. We are also excited for all the new springtime drinks popping up around the city! Here are a few of our favorites:

Oyster Cocktail Pairing at Elliott’s Oyster House

Who doesn’t love a good food and cocktail pairing? The new one at Elliott’s Oyster House, Seattle’s award-winning seafood restaurant, is perfect for the sunny weather ahead. This new spring cocktail is cleverly named the Sea Smoke, and features Elliott’s Copperworks Mezcal Barrel-Aged Gin, which has been aged for a year, and finished with Oku Kura Japanese Vermouth, Verjus, and Umami Bitters. This cocktail pairs perfectly with any of the oysters on their menu.

The oyster cocktail pairings at Elliott’s Oyster House are developed by Amanda Reed, the beverage director at E3 Restaurant Group. Amanda has has spent a lifelong career perfecting the art of creating cocktails and pairing beverages with food. After experimenting with different spirits and flavor combinations, she developed a series of oyster cocktail pairings for Elliott’s Oyster House.

Spring Cocktails at ALTITUDE

ALTITUDE Sky Lounge, the trendy rooftop bar and lounge at Astra Hotel, is ushering in the spring season with a new, seasonal cocktail menu created by Michael Barnett, previously the general manager of esteemed establishments including STK Steakhouse in Bellevue and Cinque Terre Ristorante in Seattle.

The new cocktails are an ode to nature’s awakening after a long slumber, and they all have their own personality. The Altitude 151, the bar’s signature cocktail, is made with scotch, double rye, Drambuie, and Luxardo. The Altitude 151 gets its name from the height of the rooftop bar (151 feet above the ground) and is flamed tableside, giving it a delicious smoky flavor. We also love the Barista Borracho, which is inspired by the classic espresso martini but instead has the smoky addition of mezcal. A cocktail always tastes better on a rooftop!

Photo courtesy of 14 Hands

14 Hands Unicorn Bubbles

Just in time for spring, 14 Hands released a Unicorn Bubbles and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. This fresh and lively wine reveals aromas of white stone fruits and citrus complemented by light floral notes. Flavors of pear, melon, and lemon zest are balanced by crisp acidity ending with a vibrant finish. This White Blend bubbly pairs perfectly with fried spring rolls, baked brie on a baguette, or buttered popcorn. Yum!

14 Hands also released a Unicorn Rosé Bubbles last year that is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. This wine is perfect for an afternoon picnic, an evening of sunset gazing, a night of binge watching your favorite series, or just about any fun-filled occasion with family and friends. It pairs nicely with charcuterie, soft and creamy cheeses, and is lovely enjoyed poolside.

Elysian Brewing’s Odd Water and Hazy ’96 IPA

Elysian Brewing is always at the forefront of innovation in the beer industry, and this time is no different! The Seattle-based brewery just recently released two delicious new beverages: the Hazy ’96, a tropical hazy IPA, and Odd Water, their first non-alcoholic sparkling hop water.

Odd Water is one of Elysian’s most unique innovations to date. From an IPA-obsessed brewery, the new non-alcoholic offering features Citra and Amarillo hops, providing subtle floral, citrus notes and sweet herbal characteristics not unlike those found in a juicy IPA. Odd Water is an easy-drinking, bubbly, and refreshing sparkling water that is the perfect choice when considering NA options.

The Hazy ’96 invokes some serious nostalgia. This 6.1% ABV pulls at your heartstrings, enveloping your taste buds with a vignette of tropical fruit aromas and flavors dominated by mango, papaya and citrus with a juicy haze. The name “Hazy ’96” is a mashup of the beer style and the year Elysian Brewing was established. Hazy ’96 is driven by an overwhelming sense of nostalgia for the 90s, from the taste to the video cassette box label & packaging design.

Both products are available at Elysian’s three pub locations: Elysian Field, Capitol Hill, and Elysian Taproom, as well as select locations across the West Coast. 

Photo courtesy of Elysian Brewing