Megan Guttromson is a wizard of mixology, deftly combining a little of this, a tad of that, concocting exotic drinks fit for every season. We’re in the depths of what feels like the longest winter ever right now and Megan, chief bartender at Cedars Floating Restaurant, has just the anecdote to cheer us up on a cold, dreary day.
Megan comes by this skill naturally, claiming she has bartending in her DNA. Her grandparents owned Ron’s Pool Hall, a popular Post Falls watering hole, for many years. Her mom tended bar and when she was old enough, Megan joined the family tradition of tending and blending. She’s been at Cedar’s for nearly four years
Tonight, an assortment of Warmers are on the menu and even though it’s only 4:00 PM, the bar is filling up and the restaurant is busy. This iconic Coeur d’Alene dining spot has been drawing locals and more than a few visitors since it opened in 1965, and for good reason. There isn’t any place quite like Cedars on the lake. It floats, for starters. How fun is that? And anchored where it is on the gentle curve of at the headwaters of the Spokane River, every seat has a breathtakingly beautiful view. The 18-foot long salad bar is loaded with freshest vegetables, fruit and toppings. And the food? Cedars is famous for an assortment of seafood sourced from Maine to Alaska and steaks marinated in the restaurant’s secret Biergarten sauce.
But we’ll get to food in a minute. Right now, we’re sampling Warmers. Always on the menu, Cedars Coffee is a lovely mix of Frangelico, Amaretto Disaronno, Baileys Irish Cream, Cravens fresh-brew coffee and whipped cream, the perfect libation for folks who like the old standards.
Hot Buttered Rum, another perennial favorite, is a mix of Captain Morgan Rum, house-made hot buttered rum mix and is garnished with nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s the house-made mix that sets this drink apart. Lake City Cocoa might sound like a drink fit for a minor, but with Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and Amaretto Disaronno spiking the hot coco, it is definitely a grown up beverage. One of the best ways to give winter the cold shoulder is with Cedar’s Hot Cider, a mix of 44 North Nectarine Vodka, apple cider, apple butter and Angostura bitters. Sweet enough for dessert and definitely strong enough to chase away the winter blahs.
Fit for any time of the year, Cedar’s Dessert Sips are a tasty way to end a meal. Whatever your sweet tooth fancy, it is probably on the menu. Megan has whipped up two martinis that take a giant leap from vodka and olives. The S’mores ‘Tini’ (Godiva Chocolate liqueur, vodka, Crème de Cacao, a marshmallow and chocolate rim and a toasted marshmallow) is slightly, very slightly, reminiscent of the campfire treat). The Cookies and Cream Martini (Absolute vodka, Cream de Cacao and a chocolate and Oreo cookie rim) is nothing like the after-school snacks I had growing up.
Cedars Coffee and the Dessert Sips will stay on the menu indefinitely but all of the other Warmers will go into hibernation in May. Have no fear, Megan will dream up some new spring and summer drinks.
More yummy Dessert Sips are the Chocolate Covered Cherry, almost too pretty to drink (who am I kidding?), the Salted Caramel Yum with a perfect tang of sweet and salty, and two all-time favorites, the Grasshopper and Brandy Alexander.