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Columbia Bar: Tropic Breeze

By Ryan Hume

Published on May 11, 2017 12:01AM

It was May Day, so I decided to give my regards to the Labor Temple, that boisterous phoenix built upon the ashes of the 1922 Astoria fire.

It was raining outside. Lately, it always seems to be raining outside. Since it was International Workers’ Day, it seemed appropriate to ask the bartender, Cala, what she preferred to drink off-shift. The Tropical Breeze, a coconut-infused rum punch, bright with citrus, keeps an eye pointed at summer.

Yeah, it was still raining outside, but summer is coming. It has to be. Any day now. But in the meantime, do indulge in the flavors of the tropics. It rains there, too.


1 ounce vodka

1 ounce Malibu rum

Pineapple juice, as needed

Cranberry juice, just a splash



Fill a pint glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, mix alcohols with more ice, shake and pour into pint. Top off with pineapple juice, splash it with enough cranberry to turn the glass flamingo pink, dunk a straw and enjoy!

—Recipe courtesy of Cala Petersen, bartender at Labor Temple & Cafe, Astoria, Oregon


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