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Drink of the Week: Juliet & Romeo

If you ever wanted a drink recipe to show to your friends—one that you reserve for that special person you want to dazzle with something creative—this is it. If you know someone who claims that they don't like gin, but it's clear they have never experienced the wonderful alchemy of a gin-based cocktail, now's your chance to change their mind. For anyone interested in layering basic elements and techniques to create something remarkable in the glass, this cocktail will certainly entertain. The Juliet & Romeo has a fancy presentation yet it's easy to make and is perhaps the most interesting, most refreshing and delicious cocktail we've ever had the pleasure of sharing.

It comes by way of Toby Maloney of The Violet Hour in Chicago, but it has also appeared on the menu at his other bars such as the Bradstreet Crafthouse in Minneapolis. We've been

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Drink Of The Week: The Pimm's Cup

With everything going on lately related to the World Cup, there's a completely different Cup that gets pretty popular this time of the year. Take your mind away from soccer (or football, if you prefer) for a moment and consider the fact that Wimbledon is just around the corner. Like Kentucky Derby goers with their Mint Juleps, everyone at Wimbledon seems to enjoy one refreshment while they watch men and women chase the fuzzy yellow ball around the grass courts. That drink is the Pimm's Cup.

Many people on this side of the Atlantic have never even heard of the Pimm's Cup, let alone Pimm's No. 1, the key ingredient. Maybe you've seen the reddish tea-colored bottle on a bar shelf, or perhaps you even own some but you've never known what to do with it. What exactly is Pimm's No. 1 anyway, and what happened to No. 2

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Happy Safe New Year: Include Alcohol-free Cocktails

My wife likes to call New Years Eve, Amateur Night, because she works downtown Minneapolis every day. It's perhaps acceptable to surrender the city on this night—of all nights—to people who might not otherwise be as familiar with one-way streets and tall buildings. Combine celebratory drinking with a crowd not used to driving downtown along icy streets at night and you are bound to create a few problems. Similar issues can arise when you host a party, whether it's Amateur Night or otherwise. One way to avoid a problem is to offer your guests a selection of alcohol-free cocktails. I'm not talking about water (which you should have anyway), soft drinks and juice. I am talking about actual alcohol-free cocktails that are every bit as fun to make and as tasty to consume as their judgement-impairing counterparts.

Put yourself in the designated driver's seat for a moment and consider how

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