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    July 24, 2014

    The 10 best milkshakes in the Twin Cities

    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 >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Yellow Rattler at Modern Cafe: Embrace your inner cowboy with this drink of the week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Vom Fass brings specialty oils, vinegars, and liqueurs to the Mall of America

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    The Flying Dutchman at Amsterdam: Get a lift from this drink of the week

    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 >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Top 10 margaritas in the Twin Cities

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    How to make the perfect Aviation [RECIPE]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    How to make the perfect Sidecar [RECIPE]

    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 >>

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    September 18, 2013
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    April 25, 2013

    Ghebregzi at Bar La Grassa: A deceptively simple Drink of the Week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Underacheiver at Eli's: A lazy day drink of the week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Muddy Paws hosts 20th annual cheesecake sampling today

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Summer cocktail recipe: Watermelon chili pepper margarita

    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.

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    July 3, 2012

    Summer cocktail recipe: Raspberry Basil Rum Fizz

    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 >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Summer cocktail recipe: Ginger beet gin & tonic

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Modern Cafe serves vintage liquor Thursdays

    ​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.

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    February 6, 2012

    Top 10 margaritas in the Twin Cities

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Bittercube celebrates Prohibition repeal in style

    ​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 >>

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    November 8, 2011

    San Pedro Cafe offers Caribbean food in Hudson

    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 >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Eli's LB Sidecar, an end-of-the-season drink of the week

    Eli's adds an inspired twist to the traditional sidecar​LB 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 >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Corpse Reviver #2: A drink to bring the dead back to life

    Chad LarsonCorpse Reviver #2: Not just for breakfast anymore​The 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 >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Top 5 tequila cocktails for National Tequila Day

    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 >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Milkshake flavors to choose in lieu of chocolate

    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 >>

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    June 8, 2011

    The Six15 Room now open at the Grand Hotel

    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 >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Cafe Maude's Now You Know: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 36

    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 >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Burger Jones's Dirty Den Mother, a kid's shake with an adult kick

    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 >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Today is National Margarita Day! Try this choice recipe

    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. 

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    February 22, 2011

    Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 79

    Lu LippoldLa dolce vita, right here in Edina​Remember 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 >>

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    February 8, 2011

    The Inn Flip: What's the secret to this mysterious cocktail?

    More than meets the eye​The 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 >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Four spooky vintage cocktails for Halloween!

    Corpse Reviver #2​As 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Best Of Mischke's Twin Cities: La Cucaracha's margaritas

    Booze is poured liberally, but the bite is neutralized by the expertly proportioned saccharine.

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    March 27, 2009

    The Atlantic features local liquor importer Haus Alpenz

    Bartenders simultaneously curse and applaud Edina liquor importer Eric Seed.

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    February 17, 2009

    Rum a good winter warmer

    It's a rum resurrection, with books and now a movie romanticizing the Caribbean specialty.

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    December 15, 2008

    Honey Liqueur? Stir things up with these new drink ideas.

    Tired of bringing just another bottle of wine to the party - wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Holiday cocktails from UV Vodka

    Support the local economy by serving th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Drink of the Week: The Yowza Yowza Yowza

    th_P1010136.jpgEveryone loves a margarita, right? Try this grown–up variation.

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    September 17, 2008

    Toast of the Town

    By tracking down rare liquors from around the world, importer Eric Seed is fueling the nation's classic-cocktail revival

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    July 25, 2008

    Drink of the Week: Mexican 3-Way

    You remember the MTV show Pimp my Ride? Well this is like that, only with a margarita.

  • Restaurants

    July 4, 2007

    Just Shoot Me

    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

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    February 22, 2006

    Mugs of Good Cheer

    If winter has finally started to seem unjust, it's time for a hot toddy