Photos: How bartenders at Eat Street Social come up with new cocktails (and 4 to try now)

If you’ve spent time in a restaurant kitchen, you look forward to the day when chefs test out new recipes. Dishes will make their way around the line, being tasted and critiqued by prep cooks and sous chefs, and whoever else is lucky enough to be around, before they’re brought to the executive chef for consideration. […]

3 holiday cocktail recipes with Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse

It’s not exactly a winter wonderland out there yet. These slushy streets, all this gray and gloom. If it’s keeping you from getting in the holiday spirit, here’s an idea: let’s get some holiday spirits in you. Ryan Martinez-Garcia is our man for seasonal cocktails this yuletide. He’s been playing the shakers at Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse, where they serve the […]

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Bachelor Farmer Cafe adds cocktails

North Loopers pining for The Bachelor Farmer’s erstwhile brunch service were happy to see the open-faced sandwiches and pastries make the transition to Bachelor Farmer Cafe, which opened in January of this year. Well, glory be. Now the cocktails have returned as well. “It’s a cool opportunity to bring back the things people loved,” says Casey Underkofler, […]

New From Dashfire: Orange, Spiced Apple, J. Thomas Bitters

You may have seen the shelf displays from Dashfire Bitters growing ever-larger in recent months. Lee Egbert is adding new tinctures and bitters faster than we can shake a daiquiri. Here are three of his latest releases for all your autumn imbibing: Orange: The flavor of these new orange bitters are completely different from his bourbon barrel-aged flagship […]

Drink a Negroni this weekend for charity

Negroni Week is coming to a close—but you still have a two days to get out and drink some bitter red cocktails for a good cause. Check out the 19 Metro-area restaurants serving Negronis (and their own riffs on the classic gin-Campari-vermouth formula) this week and the charities they’re supporting in the process. A few highlights: Our […]

Parlour debuts new cocktail menu

Parlour, the downstairs companion cocktail bar to Borough restaurant in Minneapolis’ North Loop, has debuted a new cocktail menu. Jesse Held of Jester Concepts says the new drink list won’t make you hone in on your booze of choice. Instead, it’s tailored to your reflect your state of mind. “It’s less spirit-specific, instead it’s more about flavor, style […]

Mix This Now: Brandy cocktail recipes

As part of our look at why brandy seems to be bringing up the rear of the local, small-batch spirits craze, we put together a few cocktail ideas that incorporate the spirit. For starters, a good mixing brandy like Raynal XO ($30) is an able stand-in for whiskey in most cocktails. Heck, even your dusty […]

The Lunch Party Download

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam are not from Minnesota. They are East Coasters, hailing from Pittsburgh (Rico) and Philadelphia (Brendan). They’ve visited the Twin Cities a handful of times. Brendan even lived in St. Paul for a few months, a few years ago. They know their way around the W.A. Frost and St. Paul […]

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Craft Cocktail: The AKA

Photos by James Eastman We often refer to bitters as the salt and pepper for your cocktails. So let’s add some über-literal seasoning to your cocktails this issue with a batch of black pepper bitters. You’ll want to use quality peppercorns (Penzey’s here in town is a good source, or splurge on the exceptional Tellicherry Black […]

Eat This Now! Beef Tartare at Tongue In Cheek

It’s either a surge of joy or pangs of regret. It’s that feeling when you see a plate leave a kitchen destined for another table. You’ve already ordered, and there it goes. It’s so beautiful. Depending on whether or not it’s what you’ve ordered, your night has just taken a turn. That’s why it’s our strategy […]

Beer & Wine Cocktails at Lowry Hill Dunn Bros.

When asked if I prefer Starbucks or Caribou, my answer is Dunn Brothers. The difference among the chains, for me as a black coffee drinker, is Dunn Bros. roasting their beans in-house. But as a cocktail drinker, there’s a new difference maker at the Lowry Hill Dunn Bros. Owner Sanjeev Azad has developed a casual bar […]

Craft Cocktails: The Boulevardier with Cherry Vanilla Bitters

By Erik Eastman, Easy & Oskey Photos by James Eastman The Negroni has been enjoying a moment of resurgence recently, and with good reason. What’s not to like about the combination of bitter Campari, sweet vermouth, the crisp snap of a quality gin and an orange twist. As the seasons turn, and your football viewing, […]