Minnesota Original: The Real Story Behind the Bootlegger Drink

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 24, 2018 12:45:20 PM

Minnesota is a golfer's state. In fact, we consistently rank at or near the top in golfer participation in the U.S. What does this have to do with cocktails? Plenty — maybe. Minnesota's unofficial official cocktail, The Bootleg, or Bootlegger Drink, has been a favorite of the state's country club set for decades.

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Magnificent Margaritas [VIDEO]

Posted by Beau Farrell on Apr 26, 2018 2:19:03 PM



Just like summer, Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Celebrate May 5th and the anniversary of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French with a quintessential Mexican drink- the margarita! The key to this cocktail is simplicity, good ingredients, and balance.

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Take a Crack at Raw Egg Cocktails

Posted by Beau Farrell on Apr 5, 2018 12:03:46 PM

It might shock you if you’re not prepared for it, especially if you’ve never even heard of egg cocktails before. But this is creamy, textured good news for your home bartending or the next time you’re out and want to order something off — or rather on — the egg-beaten path.

Here is everything you'll need to know about egg cocktails and three delicious recipes to try.

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4 Refreshing Cocktails with Elderflower Liqueur for Warmer Weather

Posted by Beau Farrell on Mar 22, 2018 1:45:48 PM

Can you feel it? The days are slowly getting longer, and you’re inevitably getting thirstier, which is a good problem to have when you realize how many refreshing elderflower cocktails you can enjoy with the change of seasons.

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Showcase Team Spirit During the NCAA Tournament with These Local Drinks

Posted by Beau Farrell on Mar 15, 2018 2:23:51 PM

When some people think of March, they think of St. Patrick's Day, daylight saving time, or spring break. For avid basketball fans, March means madness — college basketball madness that starts with brackets and finishes with one team cutting down the nets.

We may have already set our brackets, but we thought we'd up the ante with some spirited drinks to enjoy while you watch the madness unfold. Here are our picks, inspired by the host cities and top seeds in each of the tournament's regional finals.

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New England vs. Philadelphia: Team-Themed Drinks for The Big Game

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jan 25, 2018 11:50:45 AM

The biggest Sunday in football is right around the corner and, better yet, it's in our own backyard at U.S. Bank Stadium. So, whether you missed the Big Game the last time it was in town — the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills in 1992 at the Metrodome — or you've been anxiously waiting for the day it returned, it's a game you won't want to miss.
But, do you know who you're rooting for? If you're a Minnesota Vikings fan, like we are, you're likely still mourning the unbelievable defeat in Philly, therefore making you a first-time New England fan. Go, Patriots! If you're a Jacksonville Jaguar fan, you might be rooting for Philly after the loss to New England.  Either way, you've picked a team to root for. So, what's the best way to celebrate your new fandom? With drinks and food, of course!
Give your football party some extra flavor with beer, drinks and even food native to each city, whether you're showing team spirit or just numbing the pain of the Vikings' missed historical opportunity.
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Get into the Holiday 'Spirits' With These 8 Christmas Cocktails

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 21, 2017 3:00:22 PM

When it comes to Christmas cocktails, there are the "must have" holiday classics and then there are a few new twists and shakes we'd like to add to your home bar repertoire.

So, bring out your best stemware, and get ready for the happiest time of the year with some of the cheeriest recipes we can share, whether you're crafting for one or a crowd.

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'Tis The Season For Eggnog! But why?

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 14, 2017 11:27:12 AM

Nothing else signifies that the holiday season is here quite like eggnog. Whether you're hosting a holiday party or just want to cozy up by the fire, eggnog is a comfort drink sure to warm you up this time of year. But why is eggnog typically only enjoyed during the cold holiday months?

That's a question culinary historians have been pondering for years. Many believe that eggnog began as a hot British drink made of milk curdled with wine or ale. The etymology of the word itself is much debated. Some say "nog" was a reference to a strong brew, others write that "nog" may stem from "noggin," a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. One online dictionary claims the word is an American term invented in 1765.

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Hosting a Halloween Party? These Halloween Drinks Are To Die For.

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 19, 2017 4:07:15 PM

The orange leaves are falling and the days are getting shorter – both indicators that the spookiest holiday of the season is lurking around the corner. Get ready, it's almost Halloween!

Hosting a costume party? Halloween drinks are a must. We're feeling a little devilish, so we've rounded up a great assortment of beer, wine and spirits that bring the ghoulish game to any party. Plus, we've added a few festive cocktail recipes from Minnesota's own distilleries. 

When you can, keep it local. Cheers to the spirit of the holiday!

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Get Ready For Pumpkin Everything, Like Pumpkin Cocktails

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 26, 2017 5:09:09 PM

Pumpkin spice. You can eat it, you can drink it, and it is certainly not just for pie and coffee drinks. We have some cocktail ideas that are just perfect for "pumpkin spice season."

Check out these pumpkin cocktail recipes that will have you ready to enjoy the season a whole lot more. You may even want to bring out the 1966 classic, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and toast the Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween. We might not be able to help Linus find the Great Pumpkin, but we can sure help you enjoy watching this American classic with a little Pumpkin classic of your own.

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