Author: Randy Hanson

Homemade Cranberry Liqueur, Part 1

Well, it’s that time of the year when apples start to replace the tomatoes at farmer’s market. Last weekend, a vendor was selling bags of fresh cranberries, so I decided

How To Make Spheres of Ice

In a recent article, I described the importance of ice in your cocktail, describing the different kinds of ice you may want to use depending on what you are drinking.

Blood Orange Crusher

Does the old saying, “necessity is the mother of invention” apply to cocktails? I suppose to some people it’s hard to recognize the need for a refreshing beverage, but that didn’t

How to make Limoncello

Perhaps you’ve seen it around. Maybe you’ve tried it yourself, or if you have been to Italy, maybe you remember how it arrived after your meal, compliments of the chef.

The Violet Hour

Normally, it might not make sense to review a bar so far out of the Twin Cities jurisdiction, but we decided to make an exception for The Violet Hour. This

Lavender Lemon Drop Cocktail

The Lemon Drop cocktail is actually quite new when you compare it to the age of some of the classics. Its invention is attributed to Henry Africa’s in San Francisco which

Make Red Currant Infused Vodka

A couple of weeks ago, while strolling through the local grocery store a few blocks away, we decided to take a quick look at the fresh berries. Nestled between some

All Of This Basil

One thing we look forward to every spring is our own fresh herbs. We can’t wait to get mint planted, rosemary, thyme, basil and the rest. But by the time

Hard Cider can be easy to drink

We are just going to come right out and say it: at Summit Sips, we are not apple experts. Not by a long shot. Of course, this refers to the

Cheeky Monkey Deli—great food, good beer

While it’s not the same beer-drinking experience as The Happy Gnome across the street where there are dozens of tap beer choices (including several Belgian ales at any given time),

A Moscow Mule with Grapefruit?

Some of you who watch the reality cooking competition show called Top Chef may have been enjoying this season which takes place in Las Vegas. Yesterday’s Elimination Challenge pitted the