Bridging floral, herbal, and bitter notes with a faint sweetness, Cascadia American Bitter Liqueur is somewhat of a hybrid between an aperitif and a digestif. It’s light but complex, its flavor lingers but doesn’t overwhelm. And best of all, it is really easy to use. With an endless assortment of applications, Cascadia is the bitter liqueur I reach for to enhance and upgrade a multitude of cocktails.
So what is this stuff?
The recipe is kept a secret, but what I can tell you is this: it’s a distilled infusion of rose petals, wild lavender and other carefully selected botanicals finished with a maceration of gentian and angelica root. More simply put, it’s a bitter herbal liqueur made from a cross section of ingredients inspired by the Cascade mountain range. Some might even call it an alpine liqueur. The recipe took two years to perfect and there really is no other bitter liqueur better at highlighting the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Punch describes it as the “American cousin” of European gentian-based liqueurs and Imbibe says, “an interpretation of traditional European herbal liqueurs by way of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia Liqueur, made by Portland’s New Deal Distillery, is a love letter to the Cascade Mountain Range. Incorporating a blend of local flora, including lavender and rose, the liqueur is smooth and sweet up front but with a spicy, bitter finish.”