As Minnesota's micro-distilleries are starting to kick things into high gear, a few folks are taking some interesting approaches to the release of their hooch. This week, Minneapolis's Du Nord Craft Spirits will launch its small-batch-brewed Fitzgerald Gin -- but there's a catch. See also: Du Nord ... More >>
When it comes to Dad's usual libation, many of us think immediately of Miller High Life or something similar. But this June 15, why not step up your game and show you've got some class? To ensure your success in the drink department, two of the cities' finest mixologists are here to help with spot ... More >>
Temper Tantra Hola Arepa $8.50 Food trucks are fleeting, spontaneous, fun; we can't deny the thrill of the chase, like running after the ice cream man in your swim trunks with a couple of quarters in your grubby paws. But once you're licking the last of your Choco Taco off your fingers, life feels ... 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 >>
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 >>
While microbreweries have boomed in Minnesota, entrepreneurs and drinkers state-wide have been slower to get into another craft craze: spirits. Now, thanks to a 2011 law change and a host of passionate micro-distillers, Minnesota is about to catch up.Our cover story this week looks at what to expect ... 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 >>
We distill what local watering holes serve up the best Scotch, gin, tequila, vodka, and 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 >>
In Latin, the phrase aqua vitae translates to the "the water of life"--hence the name aquavit, a Scandinavian spirit that is full of life and vigor, and so easy to make at home. Fragrant with caraway, spice, and citrus, this infused vodka makes a lovely digestif or a fine accompaniment to pickled or ... 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 >>
That rhubarb is sure looking fine at the farmers' market this time of year, all ruby red and sparkling fresh. But beyond the usual pies and crisps (and maybe the occasional chutney), it's a challenge to find recipes using this staple of the spring harvest. Which is why we created and taste-tested th ... 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 >>
Nothing fits together quite like alcohol and science. But our favorite drinking game of watching the Discovery Channel and taking a shot every time we hear "Einstein's theory of relativity" is getting a little old. Thankfully, the St. Paul Grill has a new way of combining two of our favorite interes ... 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 >>
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 >>
Glenmorangie Lasanta $14 St. Louis Park Woodfire Grill 6501 Wayzata Boulevard, St. Louis Park 952.345.0505; www.slpwoodfiregrill.com As many delicious cocktails as there are in these Twin Cities, something about the chilly damp weather in fall always brings me back to my first love: whisky, spe ... 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 >>
Tony NelsonKieran Folliard pours his new whiskey!Just in time for St. Patrick's day, our Knight in Shining Irish, restaurateur Kieran Folliard, is releasing his new 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey. Folliard's Big Ginger cocktail--two shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey mixed with ginger ale and garnished ... More >>
House-infused, Black Forest styleRoasted Walnut Infused Vodka$6The Black Forest Inn1 E. 26th St., Minneapolis612.872.0812After many months of doing the high brow thing, the Hot Dish wanted to take a walk on Eat Street and do the unthinkable -- have some vodka. So we slipped into The Black Forest ... More >>
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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.
A.J. OlmscheidAt Meritage, a bar is bornMeritage restaurant in downtown St. Paul reopens this week, with additional seating for 40 diners and drinkers seeking French fare. The owners call the new space a Parisian-style zinc bar, and it's true that the bar counter is, in fact, cool and steely ... 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 >>
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 >>
Curried piscoCurried Pisco$8.50The Strip Club Meat & Fish378 Maria Ave., St. Paul651.793.6247Always on top of the latest drink trends, Dan Oskey of the Strip Club has taken on the flavors of the Far East with this new creation. Pisco, a centuries-old Peruvian grape liquor is the base, w ... More >>
Charles Ritter says the Jack made him do itLooks like Stanley Ritter set off quite the conflagration in Shorewood on Wednesday night. Police say he torched 15 garages at an apartment complex. And when he was arrested, he said the booze was talking: "He stated that the reason he started the ... More >>
drinkerific Japalac $8.95 Crave West End www.craveamerica.com 1603 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park 952.933.6500 website The renaissance of classic cocktails continues, this time at Crave in St. Louis Park. From the alternate universe that is the West End complex, this drink is a bit of a ta ... More >>
(Photo by me)It's the fourth year in a row that the downtown Minneapolis Irish pub has poured the most Jameson Irish whiskey worldwide. This Thursday they will celebrate with inebriation.
The Big Ginger Jameson Irish Whiskey at the Local Voted Best Irish Pub 2010 The Local is all that. And true fact: It sells approximately 25 bottles a day of Jameson Irish Whiskey--the most of any pub in the world. The world. A big part of the success is due to the popularity of their signa ... More >>
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