The Glazed Jelly Donut: Drink Review

I ordered this drink at the Jolly Roger in John’s Landing.  On the menu it was called a Glazed Jelly Donut and while the name is apt it’s not really a description of the taste.

The drink was constructed in the glass with ice and looks to comprise:

1.5 oz 360 Glazed Donut Vodka
1 oz Svedka Raspberry Vodka
Fill glass with club soda, add splash of cream

Flavor wise the drink was great for about the first two sips.  Once I had a chance to stir it up a bit the entire thing when flat and watery.

I can see why this isn’t shaken, the club soda would fizz out and you’d have a mess to clean up.  But in the glass this isn’t anything fancy.

It could be that the bartender wasn’t familiar with the drink, or it could just be a badly constructed drink.  I think there is potential here but it needs some effort.

If I were going to make this at home I would do the following.

1.5 oz 360 Glazed Donut Vodka
1 oz Clear Creek Raspberry Liqueur
Splash of cream
3-5 Raspberries

In bar glass, muddle raspberries.  Add alcohol ingredients, shake with ice.  Strain into chilled glass, float cream on top.

Enjoy folks.

Bar Review: Jolly Roger – Johns Landing

Parked comfortably between I-5 and the Willamette river in a trendy semi-residential neighborhood the Jolly Roger appears to be a happy place to kick back.

I arrived in the company of friends, with nothing much in mind.  Adjust expectations accordingly.

I would classify this as a Beer Bar.  In the beer friendly environs of Portland the microbrewery is almost as ubiquitous as Starbucks.  It is therefore curious to find places where the PBR and bud light still reign supreme.  There were taps of various well known and well like concoctions but nothing that struck me as being particularly unique.  I’ll let the HopBoxer expand on that at some point.

The bar itself seemed to be poorly laid out for the space.  The door to the walk in freezer was situated smack dab in the middle of the bar area.  This means that shelves have to be built around it, and when the door is opened you can’t traverse the bar putting fully 3/4 of their inventory on the other side.  There was a nice selection of a couple of things. They seemed to have their Svedka selections down pat and more than a few top shelf items to round out.  All of their one off items and liqueurs seemed to be afterthoughts rather than solid inclusions.

Their drink menu offered something nice, each of the staff was allowed to make up a cocktail and put it forward for the public.  A nice touch that gives you an idea of what different people like.

The down-side of this appears to be the limited staff.  I saw two people on staff on a busy pre-holiday four day weekend, with only one behind the bar at any given time.  I chose an interesting sounding drink from the menu and when I asked for it the bartender didn’t seem to know what I was talking about.  I pointed it out on the menu and was told that it was a new menu and they weren’t all familiar with it yet.  When she made the drink she mistook one of the ingredients and I had to point it out to her, not sure how you misread splash of cream as splash of *cran* but there you are.

The atmosphere wasn’t bad, the inside seemed a bit cramped but there were plenty of seats outside on the sidewalk under an awning.  I’d go back just to give them another try but I don’t think it’s going to make anyone’s bucket list.