Portland Cocktails

Morso Unveils Cocktail Program

Kenny Giambalvo’s Italian eatery is launching a small but mighty selection of classic cocktails, bringing Euro-style happy hour—with free nosh!—to Portland.

By Allison Jones August 24, 2012



While the Pearl District crowd has reveled in the return of former Bluehour chef *Kenny Giambalvo* to the neighborhood--and has delighted in his fresh spins on classic Italian trattoria fare--one element of *Morso's* urban-chic service has flown under the radar since the space opened in May of this year.

In true Italian style, the team behind Morso--including Giambalvo and co-owners Bob Lightman (who founded Mio Gelato) and Ryan Finley (the creator of SurveyMonkey)--offers a *nightly aperitivo special, dishing up a plate of fresh, free nosh with any drink purchase.*

Until now, Morso's drink selection was limited to great deals on microbrews and a well-curated wine list, but this week Morso is rolling out a new house cocktail collection focusing on bar classics.

The drink list--which will rotate with the seasons--includes a Negroni, a Margarita made with fresh citrus, a Manhattan with Maker's Mark and Cocchi original Torino vermouth, and the Morso Mule, a twist on the Moscow mule enhanced with Fever Tree ginger beer and local Decco Spiced rum. In a truly bold move, Morso is bringing back the Cosmo, swapping the super sweet variety for their toned-down, sophisticated take.

The New Deal: Every night from 5 to 7 pm, happy hour diners will receive a complimentary small plate--think fresh tomato bruschetta, flavorful charcuterie, or creamy white bean spread and house-baked bread--with every beer, wine, or cocktail purchase. For maximum bang for your buck, happy hour drink specials include a $3 beer option, $6 red or white wine picks, and a $6 cocktail of the day. It's the perfect opportunity for a pre-dinner sip and snack, a true urban tradition powered by one of our favorite casual eateries of the year. Cin cin!

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The cocktails are now available at Morso's Pearl District location, and will be available next week at the Bridgeport Village outpost at 7291 Southwest Bridgeport Road in Tigard (next to the Apple Store).

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