• 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 fall, chef Jorge Guzman will open a new restaurant, Petite León, in the former Blackbird Cafe space in South Minneapolis. The restaurant will serve dishes with Mexican, Spanish, French, and American influences, that aim to be approachable, creative and delicious.  


Lighten up your winter with Holman’s Table’s honey, ginger and lemon cocktail.

Winter blues getting you down? Fire up the cocktail shaker and try a recipe that will surely lift your spirits. Holman’s Table’s Penicillin is a perfect blend of scotch, honey, ginger and lemon juice— all the ingredients needed to melt away the wintertime sadness. 


— 1.5 oz. Bank Note Blended Scotch

(or your choice aged, blended scotch or whiskey)

— 0.75 oz. Honey Simple Syrup


As the 13th largest metropolitan economy in the U.S., Minneapolis outperforms its peers, including Kansas City, Denver, Indianapolis and Charlotte when it comes to tourist attractions and hospitality. A vibrant food and music scene, world-class museums and theaters, an influx of upcoming hotels and venues— including a Four Seasons in 2022—and the tourist magnet that is the Mall of America, all combine with the great outdoors where scenic lakes abound—providing visitors to the city with many Instagrammable backdrops for any event.