Author: Randy Hanson

Understanding Simple Syrup

If you have been reading along, you have probably seen us mention simple syrup. In most cases, we try to briefly explain, but you may be wondering, What is it?

Where To Get The Best Cocktails

In case you haven’t noticed, cocktails are improving. Slowly but surely, a wind of change is sweeping across the world. The exchange of information is happening at a record pace,

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 we decided

How To Make Spheres of Ice

In a recent article, we 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.

Mexican Cane Sugar Coca Cola at Costco

Depending on how old you are, you might not even remember the actual taste of the Real Thing. We are not talking about differences between Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Coca

Blood Orange Crusher

Does the old saying, “necessity is the mother of invention” apply to cocktails? We 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