Seattle Cocktail Week @ All Around Seattle

So many slurps 👅

📸: Courtesy Seattle Cocktail Week

March 26th – April 2nd

My boyfriend and I are both bartenders, and he often jokes that we’re “just transferring liquids.” We both know this is an oversimplification of the job—said liquids have the potential to tell a story of place, and bartenders hold space for guests to just… be. At Seattle Cocktail Week, our colleagues across the city will do what we do best with crafty drinks and events for every palate. 

Over 100 participating bars are showing out with special menus. Here are the libations that piqued our curiosity the most: 

“Wake up and drink your vegetables!” says my boyfriend.
Genepy, Rittenhouse Rye, Italian blanco aperitif, carrot, peach, lemon, celery bitters, orange bitters

🍸 JARADA NEGRONI @ Foreign National
We trust anything this bar puts out.
Plum-infused Sipsmith VJOP, Italian apéritif, PX sherry vermouth blend, ras el hanout

“It’s gonna look like a cappuccino!”
Mezcal, Nixta Corn Liqueur, coffee liqueur, amaro, sarsaparilla bitters, black walnut bitters, carajillo foam

🍸 SAITAMA PUNCH @ Itsumono
I’m here for an ingredient featured two ways.
Iichiko Saiten, tamarind syrup, amaro, lime, peppercorn bitters, peppercorn oil

🍸 BLEU JARDIN @ The Doctor’s Office
“Stirred bloody mary vibes.”
Trois Rivieres Cuvee La Ocean, chile liqueur, dry vermouth, garden party tomato

We couldn’t choose between these inventive gin cocktails, so cocktail nerds should try both.

🍸 TIME EPHEMERAL @ Underbelly
Astraea Gin – Meadows, pisco, tangerine cordial, pickled cherry blossom tincture, absinthe rinse, tangerine garnish

🍸 THE GREENHOUSE @ Corvus & Co
Big Gin, aquavit, chile vodka, carrot juice, lemon juice, lemongrass syrup, ginger juice, orgeat, whole egg, saline

Organizers have also curated a long roster of stellar in-person events. These were our top picks:

🍹 Hundreds of spirits brands will pour mini cocktails and lead educational seminars at Carnival of Cocktails. $64.99 gets you twelve tasting tokens plus access to ancillary events like the Benriach Cheese Bar and Tito’s puppy-filled cocktail lounge over at Center Ring

🍹 Try a whimsical cocktail made by Albuquerque-based Happy Accidents. I hope they’re mixing Oreo Negronis. | March 27th, 8 pm @ Rob Roy

🍹 Take a distillery tour with Fast Penny Spirits | March 29th, 4 pm @ Fast Penny Spirits

🍹 Sip on an Uncle Nearest Old-Fashioned: This Black-owned Whiskey brand is finishing off its inaugural challenge supporting HBCUs | March 31st, 9 pm @ Screwdriver Bar

🍹 Low-ABV cocktails are having a big moment: Go to No – Low (March 27th, 5 pm @ Trade Winds Tavern), Snake Oil and Americana (March 29th, 6 pm @ Foreign National), or A Fantasy Evening with The Pathfinder (March 30th, 5 pm @ Sol Liquor)

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Meghna Jaradi

Meghna leads with her curiosity when writing about travel, food, and beverages. She previously wrote about cookbooks at Kitchen Arts & Letters, and has managed events and communications at Book Larder, Peddler Brewing Company, and Cascade Bicycle Club. She is newly pescatarian and a Seattle native. Follow along at @wanderingthali.