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Signature Drink: Traditional Sazerac

What better way to toast the changing of the leaves and arrival of cool fall breezes than with a cozy snifter of Sazerac crafted by the talented Esker Grove bar manager Jon Olson?

Nestled between the Walker Art Center’s contemporary collections and iconic Minneapolis landmarks, Esker Grove has attracted a following of its own. The restaurant was recently named one of the Travel Channel’s 10 best international museum restaurants and has quickly become a favorite local spot to enjoy New American fare and creative cocktails. 

Signature Drink: Truffle Shuffle

Fall is the fading of summer where the suntan fades and the air starts to smell a little different, a little more earthy. This drink is a twist on a drink that is typically thought of for summer, i.e a daiquiri. Like the days that get shorter and the dark of night gets longer, this drink is a little darker and a little earthy like fall.

INGREDIENTS:
—1 oz. truffl e fat washed Havana Club Rum
—1 oz. Gosling Spiced Rum
—1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—1 o.z dem simple syrup
—.5 oz. fresh lime

Signature Drink: San Jorge

Red Cow might be best known for burgers, but you’d be remiss to ignore the cocktail menu. Crafted by Beverage Director Ian Lowther, drinks range from beer cocktails (called boilermakers) to shaken or stirred specialties. Lowther created the following boozy concoction just for Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine. 

INGREDIENTS:
—1 t. simple syrup
—1/3 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—1/3 oz. fresh lemon juice
—1/3 oz. Tattersall Grapefruit Crema
—1/3 oz. St. George Pear Brandy
—1 2/3 oz. Lunazul Reposado Tequila

Signature Drink: Sytti Fem

Tullibee’s bar team puts a twist on the French 75 with some Minnesota oomph for a refreshing spring cocktail. For more about the Hewing Hotel, flip to page 56.

RECIPE:
—1.5 oz. Norseman Gin
—.5 oz. lemon juice
—.25 oz. pine scented grenadine
—top with cava
—3 dashes Jamaica #2 bitters
—serve in a flute glass

Courtesy of TULLIBEE AT THE HEWING HOTEL

Signature Drink: Fall of ‘75

Kosevich’s Fall of ’75 features a garnish - ment you may not have seen, much less thought was possible: edible spray paint. Mixologists are getting more crafty these days, making a spectacle of their cocktails. 

INGREDIENTS:
—.5 oz. lemon 
—.5 oz. allspice syrup
—1 oz. Bombay Sapphire
—3 oz. sparkling wine
—1 eye drop Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters
—glass: flute
—garnish: edible gold spray paint, safflower

Signature Drink: Spice Market Old-Fashioned

A simple yet complex and delicious bourbon drink, Spice Market Old-Fashioned is one of JW Marriott’s Cocktails with Purpose creations—found on the Lobby Lounge menu at JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America. The beverage program, created in collaboration with New York-based Tippling Bros. and with the guidance of nutritionist Keri Glassman, emphasizes well-being and sustainability in its “garden to glass” cocktails. JW mixologists use fresh, seasonal and healthy ingredients to craft better-for-you drinks that are meant to be sipped and savored.

Signature Drink: Morning ‘Rita

Breakfast cocktails. Need we say more? Yes, of course. Downtown Minneapolis’ Marin Restaurant & Bar—known for its upscale healthy plates from chef Mike Rakun—rolled out its Cheat Day Brunch menu in March, featuring decadent dishes and innovative drinks (because: weekend). The Morning ‘Rita is just one of the choice cocktails to complete your meal. The smokiness of the mezcal adds depth to the drink, differentiating it from your standard margarita, and the Sriracha salt rim adds a little heat that counters the sweet agave syrup.

Signature Drink: BET Neat

There’s a new premium vodka in the Twin Cities, and it’s distilled entirely from sugar beets. Local founders Jerad Poling and Ben Brueshoff worked with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to craft the first-of-its-kind BĒT Vodka. “BĒT’s ingredient is not from the deep-red vegetable that grows locally in garden plots; rather, it’s the white-tan sugar beets grown on 430,000 acres throughout Minnesota,” says Poling. “Working with the farm cooperative has given us an appreciation for sugar beet history in Minnesota as the No.

Signature Drink: Lela's London Calling

Bloomington’s newest restaurant on the scene—Lela—prides itself not only on its prime steaks, seafood crudos and handmade pasta, but also its craft cocktails. Creator of the London Calling, Leigh Allan, corporate food and beverage director, Wischermann Partners, wanted to highlight gin in this signature drink and use flavors that both complemented and balanced each other. “We chose the Ransom Old Tom Gin, which has a perfect balance of aromas and flavors,” says Allan.

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