Drinks

Haskell’s John Slattery and Patrick Chapman recommend these drinks for September:
 
The Gardener Russian River Pinot Noir 
This wine has a fruity flavor and is aged in French Oak barrels for 10 months.
 

With the snow melting away and creeping toward jacket weather, we know that spring is almost here. Plymouth Liquor Barrel owner Jim Christensen recommends these two white wines for spring—they aren’t heavy on aromas and carry sweet fruit flavors.

Vinifera Wines and Ales is a popular stop for wine lovers, and owner and manager Christian Nesheim serves as a great source of information about the trends and options this spring season.

What trends in wine can we see this year?

When the winter weather is getting you down, try making a hot buttered rum recommended by Tim Won, manager of Sid’s Discount Liquor.

Summer in Minnesota is fleeting: a few short months of optimal weather, bright sunshine, warm days and endlessly peaceful nights. It’s time to break out the grill, gather a few friends and pop the cap off a cold craft beer.

Summer is a much needed break from the harsh Minnesota winter, but a mid-season heatwave can drive even the biggest summer fanatic to seek air conditioned relief.

Shaken, stirred or slightly modified, the martini is an American classic. Made popular by everyone from James Bond to Carrie Bradshaw and the gang, there’s hardly a more fashionable drink around. However, the trick for the casual barfly is making the martini more approachable.

Whether it’s straight-up, on the rocks or mixed with a bit of water, a good glass of scotch is great any time of year. But to many, the idea of hard liquor sans mixer can be a bit unapproachable.

After a sun-soaked summer of travel and play, the weather and the school calendar deem it’s time to stay a bit closer to home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a taste of greater Minnesota and beyond.

On St. Patrick’s Day, stop by Lucky’s 13 Pub for a festive beverage. Sample green beer or an Irish Tea, a decidedly Eire-inspired take on Long Island Iced Tea.

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