Move over gin, fall is here and it’s time for the smooth, spicy warmth of whiskey. Cocktails are serious business at The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin in downtown Bend where you can choose from a large menu of handcrafted drinks. The vibe at Dogwood is woodsy hip, the bartenders are cool yet friendly, and the small plates complement the farm-to-shaker ethos. As crisp fall nights begin to creep in, try the Kumquat Whiskey Smash—Dogwood’s take on the Rainbow Room citrus and mint classic. Kumquats are muddled whole in place of lemon wedges, giving the bourbon-based drink a light bitterness for added depth of flavor.
KUMQUAT WHISKEY SMASH
4 mint leaves
.75 ounces simple syrup
2+ ounces Elijah Craig bourbon
Dry muddle whole kumquats in shaker. Add remaining ingredients and ice, shake, and double strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with mint sprig and serve with big ice cube.