Sip and slip into summer with cider and beer cocktails at St. Honoré Boulangerie on SE Division, Portland, Oregon. These refreshing drinks debut for Oregon Cider Week, June 20-29 and will be offered all summer long. You can lounge on the patio or enjoy the French bakery atmosphere inside if June-tober weather continues.
Owner and Master Baker Dominique Geulin introduced the cocktails and cider program developed with Portland mixologist Jacob Grier. St. Honore does not have a liquor license, so the cocktails are concocted with cider and beer. I enjoyed the Yuzu-Pippin that features Yuzu citrus vinegar, Reverend Nat's Newtown Pippin single varietal cider, fresh mint and lemon. It was a delicious cider mojito that was perfect to enjoy with an Alsatian-style Tarte Flambée or a cheese board.
My friends enjoyed the Cider Sangria. The sangria rouge is made with Finnriver Black Current Cider, raspberries, orange, pineapple and honey. The blanc features 2 Towns Bright Cider, apple, honey and mint. Both are on the sweet side. You may prefer to go with the Snake Bite -- a 50/50 mix of cider and beer garnished with a lemon wedge.
If you want to sample the ciders unadorned, they are available by the glass for $5 or a flight for $6. If you prefer wine, they offer glasses from the winemakers at Division Winemaking Co. and Helioterra, crafted just down the street.
The Happy Hour menu is available from 4 pm until closing at the Division location and also has spaeztles, charcuterie, onion soup and more. This will be a wonderful way to relax after watching the Tour de France in July!
Geulin hails from Normandy, where he grew up working in his family's boulangerie. He proudly wore his Master Baker decoration to introduce the cider program. He is committed to locally-sourced ingredients and sustainable flour. St. Honoré also has bakery/cafes on NW Thurman and in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
You can further explore cider in a special 5-course Cider Feast Dinner at St. Honoré on June 26, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It's a great deal for $45. Each course is created with a different cider and paired with a cider or cider cocktail.
Kick back with Le Jazz Hot on June 27 from 6 pm until 9 pm as the Djangophiles bring their live gypsy jazz to St. Honore. Taste cider from participating cider makers: Finnegan, Alter Ego, 2 Towns Cider, Reverend Nat’s and Sonoma Cider.
For the sweet tooth, try their special edition green apple cider macarons and Grillé aux Pommes until June 30.