Cocktail For A Cause - Adrift Hospitality

Cocktail For A Cause

In September 2015, the Pickled Fish bar manager Matt Lessnau (now Head Distiller at Adrift Distillers) was also working as a city council member for the Parks and Rec department for Ilwaco. He wanted to find a way to raise money for a new play structure they were building, and suggested creating a cocktail special, with 50% of the sale going to help fund the new play structure.

The first cocktail was incredibly popular, and raised $2,145 for the new play structure! This success was the birth of the Cocktail For A Cause program. Every month we select a cause, dream up a new cocktail, and offer the drink at our fine drinking establishments all month long.

Get your hands on one of these expertly crafted cocktails and feel great about supporting some really excellent local causes. Come and see us at The Knot Bar at Bowline Hotel, Pickled Fish restaurant atop Adrift Hotel, Shelburne Pub at Shelburne Hotel, and Current Surf | Coffee | Cocktails at Boardwalk Cottages to try the latest Cocktail for a Cause. Cheers!

Bourbon Renewal

The first cocktail we offered as a Cocktail for a Cause was taken from a modern classic by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, the Bourbon Renewal:
2 oz bourbon
1 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz creme de cassis
0.5 oz simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitter

Over the years, through the Cocktail for a Cause program, we’ve supported over 50 different local charities – from Astoria food banks to our local ACLU chapter, to projects tackling youth homelessness on the peninsula – and raised over $100,000 and counting!

Money Raised

2015 - $3,345
2016 - $5,155
2017 - $5,760
2018 - $8,314
2019 - $8,515
2020 - $6,825
2021 - $16,991
2022 - $25,224
2023 - $20,840
2024 - $9,289

Our Most Recent #CocktailforaCause


June 2024 – Unicorn Radler
cocktail grapefruit. starvation alley cranberry. ginger beer. montucky cold snack beer. dehydrated citrus

mocktail grapefruit. starvation alley cranberry. ginger beer. best day n/a kolsch. dehydrated citrus.
Cause: Lower Columbia Q Center


May 2024 – Coming Up Roses

cocktail tequila. lemon. rose and honey simple. combier. rose sugared rim.

mocktail rose + honey simple. lemon. grapefruit . rose sugared rim.
Cause: Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum


April 2024  – April Showers
cocktail gin. blanco vermouth. aperol. grapefruit. lime. simple. edible flower.

mocktail grapefruit. blutul n/a blanc vermouth. wilfred’s apertivo. simple. edible flower.
Cause: Astoria Community Foundation

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