Ticket Giveaway: Bittercube + Bar Brigade’s ‘Hemingway’ cocktail pop-up on July 8

If you’ve ever had a Bittercube-designed cocktail (and if you’re reading this, the odds are high that you have) you know that they’ve pretty much mastered things in the way of fun, citrusy rum drinks. A special pop-up on Monday, July 8, at Bar Brigade in St. Paul will put these skills on full display … [ Read more]

Better Camp Eats & Drinks: Nalgene Cocktails

This article is a part of The Growler’s Outdoor Guide. Find more tips for outdoor adventure and dining here.  If you’re going camping, you can nip on a 1.75 of whatever whiskey you can find in a plastic handle and that’s a perfectly respectable way to get three sheets to the warming summer wind. But … [ Read more]

Spirits Close-Up: The Minnesconsin Old Fashioned – A “compromise” cocktail

Ask born-and-raised Minnesotans and they’ll give you an extensive list of differences between them and Wisconsinites or North and South Dakotans. Ask bartenders in the Twin Cities and they’ll tell you numerous confused-out-of-stater stories. Living in different states can feel like living in cultures as different as night and day, but for bartenders on the borders, … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Morelos Sour at Popol Vuh

Bourbon sours are my fiancée’s favorite drink, so I’ve had plenty of practice making all their possible variations. The challenge with sours is they get too sweet in a hurry. Bourbon is a comparatively sweet whiskey, pre-made “sour” mix isn’t sour in the least, and a rich syrup can leave the drink feeling heavy. It … [ Read more]

Salt: The secret agent in cocktails

Bartenders often add salt to cocktails. Not just the stuff that lays dormant on the rim of your margaritas and bloody marys, salt is also stirred or shaken right into your drinks. Because salt has a very particular set of skills, in the right amount, it will lay low among all the other ingredients like … [ Read more]

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. … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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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, … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]