Located in both the North Loop and Northeast Minneapolis, Bartending by Drew offers an array of libations to kick off the spring season. Whether it’s a wedding or a corporate team-building event, owner Drew Atkin offers signature drinks to match any event’s aesthetic.

“Our opportunities lie within providing visitors with unique party options,” says Atkin. “Our services allow guests to have fun and experience something out of the ordinary whether it be with friends or co-workers.”

One of the company’s most popular activities is its Cocktail Competition. The competition is a fun alternative to typical team-building, allowing guests to team up and make their own cocktails. The winning team is invited back in the fall to participate in a grand competition against other winning teams.

Atkin is also well-known for his personal flavor profile. His featured drink, the Carnivore Old-Fashioned, was inspired by his love of both bourbon and bacon and offers a fun twist on the traditional cocktail that’s been requested more than any other menu option at Bartending by Drew events. 

Ingredients
—2.5 oz. Basil Hayden Bourbon
—5 oz. Bulleit Rye
—.25 oz. Dark Muscovado Syrup 
—3 dashes Bittercube Trinity Bitters
—garnish with maple/brown sugar bacon* and large orange peel

Directions
—Mix all ingredients in a rocks glass without ice. Pour in ice and stir vigorously.
—Express the orange peel over the cocktail while placing the bacon in the drink along with it.

* Place bacon on a broiler pan, grill, then coat with maple syrup and brown sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow the bacon to cool, but do not refrigerate. Use within five days.

Courtesy of Bartending by Drew

Sun Country Airlines announced a major route expansion to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) adding 15 domestic destinations to its summer 2023 schedule, including three new cities not served by any other airline at MSP.    

 

Some 35,000 people of Native American heritage call the Twin Cities home, and sites across the area have indigenous cultural roots.

Since winning the 2022 James Beard Best New Restaurant in the nation, Owamni by the Sioux Chef in Minneapolis has brought Native American cuisine to the forefront of fine dining in the eyes of foodies. It is one of many indigenous businesses in the Twin Cities. 

 

Explore Minnesota Tourism is accepting nominations for the agency’s tourism awards through Jan. 10, 2023. The awards honor people, marketing campaigns, and other initiatives that promote Minnesota as a destination.

To be considered for an award, a form must be submitted for each nomination. Explore Minnesota Tourism requests specific details about each nomination, i.e., goals, results, return on investment figures, accomplishments, etc. Supporting documents and creative elements help the Explore Minnesota Awards Committee score each submission.