• Signature Drink: Cassius Green

    POSTED May 20, 2021

One of the several new restaurants that popped up mid-pandemic in the Twin Cities culinary scene was Petite León by Duck Soup Hospitality, housed in the old Blackbird Café space. All having worked on separate, successful ventures in the area, Jorge Guzmán, Dan Manosack, Benjamin Rients and Travis Serbus came together to found the hospitality group behind the project.

Petite León began offering indoor dining in April. However, the restaurant had been open since October 2020, serving takeout only—meaning the bar man Serbus had to wait to share his inventive cocktails with the public for months.

Serbus shared his recipe for one of the cocktails at the restaurant with Minnesota M+E. Described as “savory and vegetal, yet super refreshing and crushable,” the Cassius Green lives up to its name in color and serves as a perfect summer sipper.


  • 3/4 oz. La Luna Mezcal
  • 3/4 oz. Ida Graves Akvavit
  • 1 oz. Tomatillo juice
  • 3/4 oz. Lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. Pineapple cordial
  • 1/2 oz. Ancho Reyes Poblano Liqueur


Shake and strain over ice in a Collins glass and top with cava.

This cocktail adds a delicious tropical twist to a classic beverage, the Negroni. Mark and Kristen Anderson, founders of Minneapolis-based Drake’s Organic Spirits, named the cocktail in honor of their travels to the Galapagos Islands, where they were inspired to give back after seeing the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy and sensitive ecosystems. Drake’s donates a portion of every sale to the Galapagos Fund.



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