On this glorious morning, the eve of National Margarita Day, you might be asking yourself, "Can't I drink tequila, triple sec, and lime every day? Shouldn't I? Doesn't one?" The answer is yes, yes, and yes. But today, we take time to recognize the stars and standouts, the margaritas that don't just ... More >>
Sometimes a girl just wants a Cosmopolitan. The sweet boozy elixir, balanced with just a little lime goes down like punch and kicks the party into gear. The only problem is sometimes you also find yourself at a craft cocktail establishment where drinks like the Cosmopolitan are unnecessarily derided ... More >>
The holidays are on their way and so are the relatives. Before we settle in for the glut of food and family, let's mix a drink, shall we? We sat down with our resident mixologist and teacher, Shawn Jones of Parlour to discuss the history of this great cocktail. He, along with Best Bartender (and his ... More >>
It's a drink as classic as the Big Apple skyline and as seductive as Don Draper. When made properly, the Manhattan, a mix of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, is a delightful balance of powerful spirit, a blush of sweetness, and an invigorating smack of herbal bitterness. Although popular b ... More >>
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There's never been a better time to be a drinker. It's become almost mandatory for every new restaurant of a certain price point to employ a master mixologist behind the bar. These days you can't swing a shaker without smacking over a few bottles of handmade bitters. While the craft cocktail movemen ... More >>
One of the best things about turning the calendar page over to September is the influx of new and classic fall beverages. Starbucks and Caribou pull out the old pumpkin spice latte (would it be so craveable if you could get it year-round?), the orchards start selling gallons of cider, and wine drin ... More >>
Ever on the cutting edge of the craft cocktail revolution, the Strip Club Meat & Fish has added two new drinks to its menu. The drinks are versions of summer favorites experienced bar-goers have likely tasted before; what's unique is the way Strip Club is serving them--on tap.The idea began with ... More >>
See Also: Ginger beet gin & tonic Rhubarb vodka smash Right now, the Twin Cities have that sultry tropical vibe, so we thought you would appreciate a rum cocktail to complement the heat. This one is a variation on the Mojito, with basil playing the role of the mint while adding a more complica ... More >>
The Mojito is a classic summer cocktail. Its origins lie in Cuba, but the specifics (like many cocktails) are debated. Some believe that African slaves working in the sugar cane fields created an early version of the drink in the late 1800s as a way to beat the island heat. Others contend that the d ... More >>
Red Stag Supper Club509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis612.767.7766; Red Stag website Hours & Details:Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m.Monday-Thursday 10 p.m. to closeSunday 3 p.m.-close$3 domestics$4 select taps$4 select cocktails$3 house wineRecently, while in northeast Minneapolis, we stopped off at the ... More >>
The margarita is a classic, no doubt about it. The earliest published recipe we can find is in Esquire magazine in 1953. The recipe called for tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime. As everything else does, this drink evolved in various ways, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse ... More >>
Life keeps getting better for Twin Cities cocktail lovers. New and exciting craft cocktails are being conceived, and classic cocktails are being rediscovered. No list of classic cocktails would be complete without the martini.It's clean, elegant, sexy, and its simplicity is part of it genius. The ... More >>
Cafe Maude's Bronx Cocktail Bronx Cocktail $10 Cafe Maude 5411 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis 612.822.5411 Its been said that there are no new cocktails, only new ways of making old ones. I don't believe that's true, but I am always impressed when someone takes a drink I know well and really makes i ... More >>
Courtesy of JSTKMichelle Palm loves this one...With a City Pages photo shoot, an upcoming book, and a website that's been getting all kinds of acclaim, Jelly Shot Test Kitchen is having an amazing year. It's the brain child of Edina resident Michelle Palm, whose stunning gelatin cocktails and top ... More >>
Sitting at the bank...B.A.N.K.88 South 6th St., Minneapolis612.656.3255Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m.$3 domestic taps$5 house wine$5 special cocktail (rotates daily)1/2 off selected appetizers: calamari, rock shrimp, sliders now (may be changing soon)$4 martinis on Tuesdays onlyWe al ... More >>
Land of petite happy hour cocktailsEdina Grill5028 France Ave S., Edina952.927.7933Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m.$3 Kenwood Table red and white$3 Summit Pilsner and Ranger IPA bottles$3 Petite cocktails: tropical mint, rum punch, cucumber agave martini, spiked pear, sweet and spicy m ... More >>
Guanabana mimosaVictor's 19593756 Grand Ave. S, Minneapolis612.827.8948Hours and Details: Monday through Friday, 8-10:30 a.m.$4 sake bloody Mary's$4 tropical mimosas (guava, mango, guanabana, orange)An evening happy hour is par for the course in these Upper Midwest parts, but Victor's boasts some ... More >>
Roy, working hard at happy hourPittsburgh Blue11900 Main St. N., Maple Grove763.416.2663Hours:Daily, 3-6 p.m."Late night": Monday-Thursday, 8-10 p.m.,Friday-Saturday, 9-11 p.m.$3 tap beers$3 house wine$3 well drinks$3 off martinis and specialty cocktails$3 mini Philly cheesesteaks, chili fries, p ... More >>
by Marsha TrainerThe writing's on the wall.The Twin Cities are home to many killer happy hours in a variety of venues. In the Upper Midwest, snazzy joints are just as likely to discount their cocktails in the early evening as your friendly local dive bar. The Hot Dish has been diligently visiting ... More >>
Happy decor for a happy hourConga Latin Bistro501 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.331.3360Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 5-7 p.m.1/2 priced appetizers2 for 1 Conga drinks: Mojito, Cuba Libre,Daiquiri, Rum Punch, Caipirinha2 for 1 Draft beersConga Latin Bistro is coming up on its tenth year a ... More >>
Corpse Reviver #2As Halloween approaches, we want to make sure you have the proper cocktails to party down, spooky-style. Just because it's Halloween doesn't mean you have to drink some nasty concoction like the Floating Eyeball or Bloody Brain. These vintage recipes are quite delicious and styli ... More >>
Hola.La Cucaracha Mexican Restaurante, 36 South Dale St., St Paul, 651.221.9682 Hours and details: 7 days a week 3 -6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10-midnight. $2-$3 beer specials, $3.50 house margaritas and rail drinks, $5 appetizers. Other daily specials: Monday: $2 off large bullfighters Tue ... More >>
Crispin CiderThe flavors of autumn. Do you fancy yourself a fine mixologist? Crispin Cider and Heavy Table are looking for you to share your finest cocktail creations made with Crispin and ingredients of your choice in their Autumn Mixology contest. This is your chance to show the world th ... More >>
A 150-year-old classicLike an easy lady, the whiskey sour has a tarnished reputation, similar to the tequila sunrise's. Being made for years with sour mix that tastes like bathroom cleaner will do that to a drink. Since today is National Whiskey Sour Day, it's a perfect opportunity to make th ... More >>
Michelle Leon A gin for every occasion. It used to be that gin had a bad reputation because it so often tasted like a pine tree air freshener bought at a truck stop. As more cocktails are created using this juniper-based spirit, the shades and variations of flavo ... More >>
Michelle LeonCome to Papa: The Hemingway Daiquiri/ Papa DobleSince this week we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Ernest Hemingway, it seems fitting to sample the cocktail that bears his name. This Hemingway Daiquiri recipe is a variation of the cocktail the legendary writer drank at his ... More >>
Michelle LeonClassic MartiniWant to learn how to make classic cocktails like those that the philandering, cigarette smoking, deceptive characters on Mad Men swill? As the AMC series starts its fourth season Sunday, the period piece set in the '60s reflects a time when it was okay to have a bar in ... More >>
Michelle LeonIt's your patriotic duty to drink this If ever a holiday was worthy of its own cocktails, Fourth of July is the clear winner. On a day spent sitting on blankets in the grass with friends and family with a cooler full of snacks and brewskis--not to mention the fireworks overhead-- ... More >>
Michelle Leonginger cayenne margarita Our search for the ultimate summer cocktail continues with this selection that is simultaneously spicy, sweet, and tart. With just a dash of cayenne, this take on a classic margarita captures all the traditional notes, but the ginger and cayenne give the dr ... More >>
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