Which cocktail do bartenders use as a measuring stick to judge their barkeep brethren? The martini: a simple, pristine cocktail that, sadly, is often totally botched. We met up with barman Shawn Jones of Parlour to discuss how to best mix this classic drink and what sweet nothings should be whispere ... More >>
As shadows stretch across the yard, a collection of over-achieving leaves are threatening to turn. Despite the season's late start, there are only so many warm days left to us. It's enough to cause distress, and there is no better restorative for those long, luxurious summer nights after a stressful ... More >>
By now you've got the brats, you've got the best cheap beer in America, and back up propane on deck for today's patriotic festivities; if not, get a move on. While you're breaking a sweat prepping for the party, let's talk boozy popsicles, or "poptails": the best way to imbibe on a hot day such as ... More >>
We distill what local watering holes serve up the best Scotch, gin, tequila, vodka, and more
American love Mexican food, and that affair has only deepened as more and more authentic restaurants opened to showcase the real flavors of our southern neighbor. The Twin Cities are no different, especially as the food often comes at a price that fits our frugal nature. Of course, not all restauran ... More >>
We'll spare you the "beet the heat" and "you can't beet this" references while sharing this recipe, but this ginger beet gin and tonic, made with the freshest of seasonal ingredients, is earthy, fresh, and clean. A fine spin on the traditional gin & tonic, the beet-infused gin, mint, and ginger ... More >>
It's nice to get the notice, when the man running the bar program literally wrote the book on fine drinks cocktails. Johnny Michaels's cocktail-shaking star continues to rise. This week Men's Fitness magazine named La Belle Vie one of the 25 best bars in America.
Once again it's the season when Minnesotans flock to restaurant patios and rooftops to enjoy the weather. And while food is critical in patio dining, at this time of year a refreshing drink and relaxed conversation can assume just as much importance. We took a look at the best spots in both Minneapo ... More >>
Kieran's whiskey now available near youKieran Folliard left the Irish restaurant empire he had been building for years to focus full time on his burgeoning whiskey company. Today marks the wide release of his whiskey, named for his mother and aunt, both redheads. Liquor stores that will carry the ... More >>
Yael GrauerA taste of the Caribbean: Yucatan pork stew with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and peppers. San Pedro Café is a Caribbean-themed restaurant in charming Hudson, Wisconsin--about a half-hour drive from Minneapolis. Named after the town of San Pedro, on an Island off of Belize's mainla ... More >>
One of the best bartenders in the Cities has a book party, and you're invitedHere's a party guaranteed to have a dearth of Zimas available. Craft cocktail wizard Johnny Michaels is releasing his first book. Available from Borealis, the book will retail for $20. The Northstar Bartenders Guild is a ... More >>
The Jack Rose, and the RoseIt's Halloween weekend, and many a cauldron will be smoking with witches' brew. While most Halloween cocktail recipes are quite grotesque in a not-good way (think Bailey's Irish Cream with strawberry schnapps floating on top), we have an entirely different set of ... More >>
Whipping up cocktails at the ModernThe Modern Cafe held a private tasting on Tuesday night to celebrate its new beverage license and its new menu of drinks that highlights classic cocktails. With a short but high-quality list of alcohol brands and house-made sour and bloody Mary mix, the place is ... More >>
Rolls, apps and drinksRare Steak & Sushi615 Second Ave., Minneapolis612.752.9595Hours and details:$5 appetizers$5 sushi rolls$3 house wine, rail cocktails, draft beers or domestic bottled beers$5 featured martinis--Chocolate, Cosmo, Lemon Drop, Appletini or Grape CosmoTucked up on the second ... More >>
W Hotel's Truth or Consequences.When the 24th of July rolls around, it's once again time to put on your party hat and celebrate National Tequila Day. While an old-school margarita made with that weird sweet-n-sour mix is fine and dandy (in fact perfect when you're feeling lazy), here are a few wa ... More >>
Many, many happy hoursJasmine 268 E. 26th St., Minneapolis612.870.3800Hours and Details:Daily, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.-close$3 selected beers$5 martinis and cocktails--cucumber martini, ginger fizz, margarita, pom bomb1/2 off all wine and sake by the glass and bottle$4.95 appetizers--te ... More >>
Much more than a girly drink. While the name Pink Lady implies a drink that is delicate and sweet, this lady kicks ass. With a shell-pink hue and rich scents of apple and pomegranate, this vintage cocktail is potent but deceptively balanced. We recommend using only fresh lemon juice and homemade ... More >>
bhamsandwich/flickrThe mint julep is our friend.Yes siree, September is National Bourbon Month, and we are here to celebrate our favorite amber fluid--the only one native to the USA-- with you.Made with corn, and named for a county in Kentucky, bourbon making is no free-for-all, there are very sp ... More >>
Fuji Ya Uptown (lounge only). 600 West Lake St., Minneapolis 612.871.4055 website Hours and details: Tuesday-Thursday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-12 p.m. Sunday 8 p.m.-10 p.m. sushi $3.50-$8.00; appetizers $3.00-$6.50; select domestic and imported beer $3.50; sake small $3.50, large $4.50; ... More >>
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