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.

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