It's perfect milkshake weather: too hot for most of the heavier classic desserts (sorry chocolate lava cake), but not so hot that you just ask for a refill of water at the end of a meal. Shakes and their close relatives, malts, are best consumed with a classic diner burger or taken to-go for a quick ... More >>
If a neighborhood joint can make itself a destination based on meatloaf alone, you can bet that when it turns its attention to cocktails they will be thoughtful, well-crafted, and artfully simple. Northeast's Modern Cafe is known for scratch-made, sustainable diner fare, equal parts hipster and nos ... More >>
If high-end specialty oils, vinegars, and liqueurs are your thing, then the recently opened Vom Fass at the Mall of America is definitely worth checking out. This specialty goods franchise opened quietly over the weekend and celebrated with a grand opening party yesterday afternoon complet ... More >>
The Flying Dutchman Amsterdam Bar & Hall $9 Few things are more brilliant than a bluebird sky against a blanket of white, so dazzling your newly developed mole-person eyeballs see spots for hours. Or maybe you're one of the lucky ones who got a chance to escape to far-off fantasy lands like "Mexico ... More >>
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 >>
Ghebregzi Bar La Grassa$9In the world of cocktails, some would argue there's nothing new under the sun; a little sweet, a little sour, a little bitter -- a cocktail is a cocktail, and it's something to enjoy, not dissect. So when you come across a regular old pairing of spirit and mixer that sneaks ... More >>
Underachiever Eli's Food and Cocktails $7.50 Eli's just gets it. From the fact that almost all the menu items are draped in bacon, gourmet cheese, or house-cured meats to the fact that you can get any of these items past 8 o'clock on a weekday, Eli's has had the upscale, classic comfort food thing ... More >>
Today Muddy Paws Cheesecake Co. is hosting its 20th annual cheesecake sampling, which serves as a drive to collect toys for needy children and pet food for pets going hungry. The event features a variety of cheesecake samples courtesy of Muddy Paws and is free to the public with the gift of one unwr ... More >>
See also: Raspberry basil rum fizz Ginger beet gin & tonic This week's cocktail is a nifty play on the sweet 'n' spicy dynamic, with the freshest watermelon pureed and strained to extract its essence. Thai chili pepper gives this drink a swift kick. Add more or less chili peppers to your taste.
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 >>
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 >>
If your experience with Modern Cafe begins and ends with hearty pot roast and beer, now you can get a flash from the past on Vintage Pour Thursdays, sampling a cache of liquors dating as far back as the late 1800s.
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 >>
Monday night marked the 78th anniversary of the repeal of alcohol prohibition in the United States, and to celebrate, the creative minds of Bittercube Bitters (Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz) crafted six cocktails based on Prohibition-era recipes. Each drink was given the Bittercube treatmen ... 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 >>
Eli's adds an inspired twist to the traditional sidecarLB Sidecar$8.75Eli's Food and Cocktails1225 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.332.9997Now that Labor Day has come and gone, drinkers tend to instinctively move from the clear liquors to the browns. The Hot Dish is not quite ready yet, so we settl ... More >>
Chad LarsonCorpse Reviver #2: Not just for breakfast anymoreThe Corpse Reviver was at one time an entire family of drinks. Corpse Reviver, or just Reviver, sometimes was the name given to drinks designed to be the "hair of the dog that bit you," meaning a drink to get you through that rough Sunda ... 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 >>
Anne RuckerRecognize this lovely flavor?It's national milkshake day today! While we grew up on the most classic blended ice cream concoctions--the vanillas and chocolates and butterscotches of old-timey malt shops like the Convention Grill--sometimes we like to get daring. Here are a few ... More >>
Six15 RoomThe Grand Hotel's lounge gets a major makeover. The San Francisco-based Kimpton boutique hotel chain recently took over the Grand Hotel in downtown Minneapolis and put the property under a major renovation. The Zahtar restaurant upstairs is still intact, but the lobby-side lounge go ... More >>
If you don't know, you should...What can you say about a cocktail that teaches you how to pronounce Cynar and ushers you into a world where ice preparation is a serious endeavor? Not to mention the feel of it sliding down your throat sip by sip and the smooth back of the fino sherry. Or the fact ... More >>
Hello dirty mother...Dirty Den Mother$10Burger Jones3200 W. Lake St., Minneapolis612.746.0800Rumor has it that this drink used to have Girl Scout in its moniker, but the management thought maybe a name change was in order. But what we really want to know is: Is this dirty mother worth a swing int ... More >>
Michelle LeonDrink me.It's time to blow out that flip-flop and get wasted away again in Margaritaville. Today is National Margarita Day, and to help you celebrate, here's a delicious but definitely nontraditional recipe we tried out for the big day.
Lu LippoldLa dolce vita, right here in EdinaRemember that time you were in Rome, awaiting the arrival of your latest Italian inamorata/o at the stazione, and train after train came in, and your beloved failed to appear, and you said (in Italian, of course), "Where is the nearest bar in this t ... More >>
More than meets the eyeThe Inn Flip$9The Inn89 10th St. S., Minneapolis612.886.2377This frumpy brown cocktail with the foamy lip may seem a tad dull to the uninformed, but Inn-goers know better. The place, after all, put it's name on this Flip, guaranteeing a multilayered and unique craft potable ... 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 >>
Booze is poured liberally, but the bite is neutralized by the expertly proportioned saccharine.
Bartenders simultaneously curse and applaud Edina liquor importer Eric Seed.
It's a rum resurrection, with books and now a movie romanticizing the Caribbean specialty.
By tracking down rare liquors from around the world, importer Eric Seed is fueling the nation's classic-cocktail revival
Dave & Buster's Has 32,000 Square Feet of air-conditioned zombie-shooting, Jäger-shooting, skee-ball-shooting, and yeah, pretty good fried stuff too
If winter has finally started to seem unjust, it's time for a hot toddy