Poppe’s 360 in the Four Points Sheraton was a great location for our summer Sips of the Season event on July 9. Guests enjoyed exceptional food and handcrafted cocktails. Under the direction of Doug Metzger, the kitchen at Chinuk whipped up delicious featured small bites like deviled eggs, steak sandwiches, and rice paper salmon rolls. Guests mingled while mixologist Tiffany Matthewson created four great signature cocktails using Dry Fly vodka and gin. Dry Fly Distillery sources their grains from a 117-year-old homesteaded family farm in Oakesadale, WA. Dry Fly is a farm-to-bottle distillery that uses a small-batch process.

The first drink Matthewson created was PNW Spice Trade. Gin, basil, ginger syrup, and green peppercorn come together to make a piquant and refreshing summer drink, perfect for sipping on a patio with friends. Matthewson dry-muddled the basil and peppercorn instead of muddling them in ice, which can dilute the flavors (and make a bit of mess). The drink is shaken and served strained. Crisp and herby, it was a nice drink for greeting our guests.

Next up was the French 76, a twist on the Paris 75. Champagne, vodka, elderflower, and peach liqueur combine nicely with a little splash of sauvignon blanc. The vodka shaved off a bit of the champagne’s effervescence, helping the drink to balance and combine smoothly. This one paired especially well with the rice paper salmon rolls.

Matthewson’s third drink is one of her signature cocktails and her own invention — Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “We had a bottle of pomegranate liqueur, and I decided to play with it. I added some gin, a touch of simple syrup, some lemon, and then egg white seemed like a good idea.” Egg white is often used in mixology to create a light froth. The drink was crisp without being tart. Matthewson said you could add simple syrup to sweeten it up if you prefer.

The fourth drink, Wake Up Maggie, was a mixture of peach vodka, elderflower, sauvignon blanc, and lime. Tart and tangy, it was the perfect palate-cleanser.

Our sponsors provided swag for our guests, and we raffled off shoes from Find Your Fashion, wine from Barnard Griffin, a gift card for Chuckanut Brewery, legal services for mytrafficman.net, and a free family pass to the Woodland Park Zoo. Stay tuned for our next event at northsoundlife.com

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