Drinks

Sazerac
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 oz. Templeton Rye whiskey
1 oz. Remy Martin VSOP cognac
1 tsp.  Lucid absinthe
3 star anise pods
 

Stinger
It won’t hurt to add the stinger to any beverage lineup. With a nod to this month’s Tastemaker section feature on brandy, Tana Wold offers a go-to concoction that freshens up brandy with a hit of mint.

Paloma
1½ oz. El Nivel Reposado tequila
1 oz. Simply Grapefruit fresh grapefruit juice
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
½ oz. Agave nectar
 

After years of traveling for their jobs, Scott Kaldenberg and Brandon Thornton were on the hunt for a new adventure, one near their Eden Prairie homes. “I traveled Monday through Friday for the majority of my career,” explains Kaldenberg, a retired management consultant.

Spearmint Mojito

1 ½ oz. Corralejo Blanco Tequila
½ oz. Marie Brizard Creme de Cassis
2 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
3–6 oz. lemon lime soda
1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Looking for an easy cocktail to serve at a bridal shower, wedding reception or any other celebration? Look no further than the marriage between the Screwdriver and the Moscow Mule.

Screwdriver Mule

1 ½ oz. vodka
3 oz. orange juice
Ginger beer
Lime wedge

El Diablo

1 1/2 oz. Corralejo Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz. crème de cassis
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
2–3 oz. Q Ginger Beer
Lime wedge
Fresh blackberry (optional)

When spirits and juices conspire, there’s no need to travel far to enjoy a little taste of paradise.

April in Paradise

Lina Holman is a spirited conversationalist. She is one of the founding partners at Waconia’s J. Carver Distillery and, with 30 years in the hospitality industry, Holman knows her product and how to tell a story. She has managed liquor stores and restaurants and is a certified sommelier.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Bourbon
  • 1 oz. buttered brown sugar simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 4 oz. apple cider
  • 2 oz. Q Ginger Beer
  • Dash of Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters
  • Ice

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