Paul Werni has learned how to spot them: the people who come to him with the dream of opening up a micro-distillery of their own.On tours, they're the ones who ask a lot of questions. After the tour is over, they approach Werni and ask even more."I had a gentleman come out here this week from the Tw ... More >>
Meet the micro-distillers who are making craft liquor the Twin Cities' new industry
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 >>
If you're looking for a new way to get over the midweek hump, Hell's Kitchen has recently created a new option. Hopping on the same bandwagon as other major Twin Cities restaurants, Hell's Kitchen is invading the craft cocktail scene: From 9 p.m. until close every Wednesday night, you can head down ... More >>
Chef Russell Klein is hitting the refresh button on brunch just in time for 2012. With classic favorites and a few surprises, the revamped menu will be on full display at Meritage's New Year's Day Brunch--complete with2-for-1 drink specials to cure any excess Auld Lang Syne-ing.
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 >>
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 >>
Whether you're a hippie, bridesmaid, or random wild-eyed zombie for the pub crawl, there is one thing all zombies agree on: The only thing better than brains is rum drinks made wicked strong. To celebrate the day the zombies roam the streets, we wanted to share one of our favorite drink recipes, ... More >>
Michelle LeonRed Stag's amber glow.Sazerac$9Red Stag Supperclub509 First Avenue NE., Minneapolis, 612.767.7766website Like the martini, Manhattan, or old-fashioned, the sazerac is another pre-Prohibition cocktail, this one originating in New Orleans, that everyone claims as having the "orig ... More >>
Fifty-five years old and $750 a glass.The Macallan 55$750 a glassThis Drink of the Week should probably be described in the voice of Robin Leach from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, so image that. The Macallan 55 is a Highland single-malt scotch whisky, meaning this little sip has been aged i ... More >>
Pair scotch with food at the St. Paul Grill. The St. Paul Grill's celebrates the first anniversary of its Scotch Club by offering a prix-fixe dinner menu from May 16-26. The four-course dinner is available to Scotch Club members for $49.95, plus tax and gratuity--if you're not yet a member yo ... More >>
Some brandy with your Alexander? The Twin Cities are alive with holiday festivities. Learn the ABCs of beer, trade in the roast beast for General Tao's tofu, and sip on brandy and cognac this Week in Food. Monday 12/20 You drink enough of it--you should try to get to know it. Learn the ABCs of ... 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 >>
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 >>
Summit Hill Sidecar Summit Hill Sidecar $8Salut Bar Americain917 Grand Ave., St Paul651.917.2345Since we are easing into the chillier days, we naturally seek warmer drinks, leading to many of the amber spirits that often get ignored in the summer. This take on the vintage sidecar cocktail has man ... More >>
Chili MargaritaToday, September 15, is Mexican Independence Day and Mexico's 200th birthday--that's right, their bicentennial--giving us an ideal opportunity to raise a glass to our friends south of the border. Here are a few tasty recipes for your toast.
Helga's lobster stew/flickrRye whiskey, an endangered spirit.In tandem with National Bourbon Month, bourbon's best friend, rye whiskey, has fallen on hard times. According to Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste list--a compilation of 200 plus food items designed to alert communities to endangered c ... 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 >>
A cocktail born in a dream.Brazerac$8 Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen 533 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 612.338.1479 It's not everyday that someone gets to live one of their dreams. But that's just what happened to bartender Brad Smith, the mastermind behind the cocktail menu at Wondrous Azian K ... More >>
Darin BackHow long does liquor last, anyway?An air-conditioning installer recently uncovered an interesting stash amid the third-story duct work of a 110-year-old Lowry Hill home: four cases of pre-Prohibition booze. The Star Tribune reported that the cases contained 15 jugs and 30 bottles ... More >>
The cherry on top. It's the newest trend in high-end bars around town: artisan cocktails made with house-made ingredients, which can add a whole new level of flavor and sophistication to drinks. So why not adopt that trend for your own homemade cocktails? Since some fancy syr ... 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 >>
Rum infusing in MadagascarWe are feeling just terrible about missing National Rum Day last Monday (we were a little distracted by it also being National Bratwurst Day, and we don't recommend mixing the two) but you don't really need an excuse to drink a beautiful cocktail. With the summer winding ... More >>
Michelle LeonAn experiment with the flavors found in Thai cooking.Using the freshest of the season's ingredients--this time, cucumber--we continue to share drink recipes that make the most of the harvest. We named this cocktail Ginger Cucumber Amore because the flavors blended in such a heav ... More >>
So many tequilas, so little time...Tomorrow is National Tequila Day! There is so much to celebrate, from the Eagle's "Tequila Sunrise" to belly shots to lost weekends. To help you celebrate, we asked a bartender at the tequila bar Barrio about the Top 5 bottles the restaurant serves most, alo ... 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 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 >>
Our Russian guy: Jacob Tselniker of Continental Liquors It is said that the Russian word for water--voda--is the root of the word vodka, so this tells you a little about how Russians feel about the stuff. Russia vodka production is said to date back to somewhere between the 9th and 12th cent ... More >>
Mark your calendars, an important event is taking place this Sunday: it's Mint Julep Day! Since 1938, the drink has been served on the first Saturday in May for Kentucky Derby Day. However, the official day to sip this bourbon and mint creation is this weekend.
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