Five, count them, five great cocktails to head into autumn. As much as we love summer in Minnesota, there is something incredibly special about the change of seasons as the maple leaves begin to cross over to their autumnal colors, the air becomes crisp, apples beg to be picked, and the bourbons beckon you for a great pour. While vodka and gin remain perennial favorites, it's time to let some of those fine, brown liquors get into the limelight along with apples, cranberries, and cider. And football. Go Vikes, and enjoy these five fall cocktails to go with your favorite fall foods — including one with Viking in its name.
The craft beer craze is far from bubbling over. More men and women are discovering and loving the myriads of malty, hoppy creations from brewmasters around the nation – many of them locals. You might say Minnesota’s craft beer scene is hops ahead of the curve. That means we have access to tremendous beer right in our own backyard. And, our stores have plenty of local AND national craft beers in our coolers – for you or for gifts. Putting together the perfect craft beer gift basket is easy and you can do it from desk right here on our website with a few taps (if you’ll pardon the pun).
If you haven’t yet discovered the glory that is Caballero liqueur, don’t fret. Many of us here in Minnesota are late to the Caballero party, so we're here to invite you. In Spain, this spicy sweet liqueur is iconic; created from a blend of Spanish brandy, orange peel, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Consider it an original artisan liquor. The story goes that in 1830, Jose Caballero was stirred by the exotic tastes of the Spanish city of El Puerto de Santa Maria. It was at this world commercial port that fruits, spices, and other products made their way to shore. Along with its unique and strategic location, the city was ample inspiration to devise the recipe for the Caballero liqueur. The liqueur was first made exclusively for the Caballero family and friends, but in 1944, due to its sweeping popularity, Jose Caballero started the family business and named it after his first-born son, Luis Caballero S.A.
Enough of the history lesson, let’s pour a drink.
Here are a few Caballero recipes you’ll want to master and impress your guests. These are definite winners, and quite simple.
- 5 oz. Vodka
- 0.75 oz. Caballero
- 1.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
- 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Can you buy beer online? You sure can, and you can do it right here at Haskells.com. We could end right there, but that doesn’t answer questions about dates, states, and delivery. And, of course, you need to be 21 years of age.
Why would you want to buy beer online? First, because you can. Second, because it can save you time.
There will be plenty of times you’ll wish you had thought ahead and made an order of your favorite brew. Consider being up at the cabin and you are down to your last six-pack of your hard cider or India Pale Ale and the local liquor store doesn’t carry what you drink. We’ve got you covered.
Or, perhaps you have a family gathering coming up and you want a variety of the best brews available and don’t have time to shop. We’ve got you covered.
Or, perhaps you simply hate the idea of getting back in your car after a long day at work. Yes, we’ve got that covered, too.
We couldn’t help but notice a new survey that shows craft beer drinkers are more health conscious than non-craft beer drinkers. The Harris Poll found that craft beer drinkers have more healthy habits, including taking part in a regular exercise regimen. That begs the question: What IS craft beer? Well, for one thing, it’s beer produced by a craft brewer. Here in Minnesota, the demand for craft beer is high, and the choices are plenty.
Let’s start with the spelling. You’ll see both spellings – whiskey and whisky – and both are considered correct. There are a couple of schools of thought on the spelling, and it really depends on whom you ask. In Ireland and here in the U.S., whiskey is the most common spelling, while it is “whisky” in other whiskey-producing countries such as Scotland. Clear as mud, right?
Whisky/whiskey is made from fermented grain mash – and like beer – is distilled. It’s the type of grain used, distillation process, and casks used for aging that make each whiskey unique. Many countries make whiskey, although some types are more well-known than others.
Beer and cheese are easy to enjoy alone, but even better together. Whether it’s for date night, game night, or a simple get-together, we’ve gathered a six-pack of recipes you will want to make over and over — and we think your guests will too. We’ll always have room for cold ale and a chaser of sliced cheese, but these recipes are worth the extra time and effort.
Waffles, dip, fries and more! A full six-pack of beer and cheese recipes you need.
- 1 ounce prosciutto
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 12 ounces beer
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 cups shredded cheddar (about 3 ounces)
- Sour cream
Crisp prosciutto by baking it on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 375°F for 10 minutes. Set aside on a paper towel to drain. Whisk together flours and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk in eggs, beer, and butter, then stir in cheddar. Let batter rest for 30 minutes. Preheat waffle maker and cook according to manufacturer's instructions. Top waffles with sour cream, chives, and crumbled prosciutto.
Three cheers for the fourth of July. This truly American holiday deserves a patriotic toast as we celebrate our nation’s birth as an independent country. What better way to “hip, hip, hooray” for America than with adult beverages crafted with all-American spirits?
Let’s hear it for the Red, White, and Blue, with these fun-to-make, delicious-to -drink patriotic cocktails. We’ll let the kids stick with the colorful drinks; we’re going with All-American classics when it comes to cocktails for this birthday party. Enjoy the bounty of some terrific made in Minnesota vodka, gin, and bourbons for these classics.
Refined, revered, and sophisticated – plus a favorite of Napoleon – cognac has never gone out of style. Cognac, named after a town in France, is considered the world’s best brandy. While not all brandy is cognac, all cognac is brandy. It’s complex, character-driven, and benefits from long aging, even more so than Scotch.
Four of the big names of cognac include Courvoisier (considered the cognac of Napoleon), Remy Martin, Hennessy, and Martell, though there are many, many brands to discover. We can help you!
It’s the time of year when a cold lager just seems like the only liquid that will quench the thirst. Or a perhaps a perfect pitcher of pilsner? (excuse the alliteration). But then a margarita sounds delicious, too — tequila, lime, sour. What to do? Mix up a beergarita.
What’s a beergarita, you ask? Remember the song, “put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up”? It’s not that. Here, it’s a mix of a beer and a cocktail. In fact, most recipes call for pouring a bottle of Mexican beer into a beer and calling it a day.
We did some sleuthing for the best beergarita recipe out there and we think this is the ONLY recipe you need. Try it out and let us know what you think.