Drinks

Hog Wild Week: Pork Belly Sandwiches  

All week long we've been going hog wild with the Minnesota pork board on twin cities live!  Chef Jeff Labeau from Depot Bar and Grill in Faribault, is here to make pork belly sandwiches.

Wines from the Western Mediterranean  

In celebration of Steve's upcoming cruise to the western Mediterranean, our Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, stops by with his vino picks for Italy, France and Spain along with a bonus from Gibraltar.

Mother’s Day Mimosas  

Brunch is just not the same without a cocktail and all you need is orange juice and dry sparkling wine to make the perfect mimosa!

A Wine Expert's Favorite Wines On Sale  

Haskell's 12 Minnesota locations are having their biggest sale of the year. To help navigate you through the deals, we asked our wine guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, to present some awards. We call these "The Teddies."  

Building the Perfect Cheese Tray  

Whether you have time to plan or are in a pinch, Haskell's Ted Farrell shares advice on building the perfect cheese platter for your next gathering.

Hard Seltzer Picks  

With sales booming for flavored sparkling water company, La Croix, other businesses are trying to cash in. Enter the hard seltzers -- waters infused with alcohol. They're popping up on liquor store shelves, so we asked Haskell's Ted Farrell to share options worth trying.

Coffee Cocktails  

Minnesota has a booming cocktail & spirit scene and an equally thriving craft coffee   So why not combine the two and really make some Minnesota coffee cocktail magic!  If coffee is not your thing, try a chai cocktail.  Or if you like beer, go for some local brews made with local coffee.

Make Ahead Smoothies   Back To Top

Pre-packaged smoothies can get a bit spendy and cutting up the ingredients each day to make a smoothie, can take more time than you have in the mornings.  Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig, prepares the makings of smoothies for up to 18 days.

Punches for Brunches   Back To Top

Today, we're mixing it up with batch cocktails you can serve at your next get-together with family and friends.
Nicholas Kosevich with Bittercube is here with great punch bowl ideas.

Cookie and Wine Pairings   Back To Top

TCL's Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, was tasked with a tough assignment -- to pair Girl Scout cookies with wine. He shares his picks for what goes best with your favorite. 

French Wines   Back To Top

Wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskells Wine just returned for the Bordeaux Region in France.  He’s sharing three wines that he says will give you a taste of that area.

Brunch Mocktails   Back To Top

They're drinks guests of any age can enjoy! Taylor Shaver from FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar inside Radisson Blu Mall of America shares mocktails perfect for your next brunch gathering.

Valentine’s Day Wine Picks   Back To Top

No matter how you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, TCL’s Wine Guy has a bottle of vino or bubbly to help. Haskell’s Ted Farrell shares his picks whether you’re looking to stay in or are looking to pop the big question.

TCL In Your Town: Maple Grove, Omni Brewing Company   Back To Top

TCL In Your Town heads to Maple Grove. The folks behind Omni Brewing love craft beer and they wanted to bring the experience to the Northwest suburbs. It has only been around for about sixteen months, but they are already getting quite the following from beer fans. 

Stillwater Beer and Wine Scene   Back To Top

TCL In Your Town is in Stillwater, Thursday, February 2nd. The city has beautiful views of the St. Croix River and a historic downtown that has become quite the tourist destination because of its businesses. It’s not only the local shops that bring people in from the cities and beyond. It also has a fun beer and wine scene. TCL Reporter Emily Engberg has a list of several of her favorite. She narrows it down to two beer spots and two spots perfect for sipping wine.

Fat Reds   Back To Top

What does it mean when someone describes a red wine as a “good fat red wine”?  Our wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskells explains and shows us some of his favorites.

Answers to Your Questions About Wine   Back To Top

We asked Haskell's Ted Farrell to answer your questions about wine! He stops by with advice on how long a bottle of vino is good for once it's opened along with a unique product that lets you drink wine hands free.

Best Ways to Stay Hydrated   Back To Top

It's common to have a water bottle close by during a workout. But are you drinking beforehand? TCL Fitness Expert Nancy Stoneberg says it's a must. She stops by with suggestions on how much water you should consume pre, during and post workout along with options beyond tap water.

Can Can Wonderland   Back To Top

There’s a new spot in St. Paul that combines art and fun. It’s called Can Can Wonderland. It’s a spot where folks of all ages can go to play mini golf, to check out art and to get a craft cocktail or interesting drink from a soda fountain.

Mulled Wine with the Cast of "Camelot"   Back To Top

"Camelot" is playing through February 25th at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. The actors who play "King Arthur" and "Queen Guenevere", Keith Rice and Helen Anker, stopped by to talk about the show and share their recipe for mulled wine!

Wine Bars in the Eastern Burbs   Back To Top

There are all sorts of great wine bars in the cities, but there are also some really great spots worth checking out in the suburbs. Emily Engberg teams up with Minnesota Monthly Food Critic Joy Summers. They have three spots worth toasting to on the east side.

Champagne Picks   Back To Top

If a New Year’s Resolution is to save money or if you really want to ring in 2017 with style, Haskell’s Ted Farrell has a champagne for you!

Zero Proof Mix Off: Mocktails   Back To Top

It’s a message worth repeating this holiday season: if you are going to drink at holiday gatherings, make sure you have a safe ride home. TCL and AAA Minneapolis challenged two Twin Cities bartenders to create mocktails you can serve to guests for our annual zero-proof mix off.

Duck Burger Sliders   Back To Top

TCL's Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, is a man with many talents. Not only does he have a wealth of knowledge about wine, he knows his way around the kitchen, too. He shares his own recipe for duck burger sliders along with a couple wines that pair well with wild game.

Hot Holiday Punch   Back To Top

This is a delicious holiday punch will warm you up on a cold winter day and it will make your whole house smell like Christmas!  The aromas that permeate the kitchen when you’re making ponche de frutas scream, “Christmas!” You can make this punch with just pineapple or with other fresh and dried fruits. There’s nothing more festive and scrumptious than this punch for entertaining guests while serving Tamales Navideños (Christmas tamales) during the holidays. It keeps for days in the refrigerator. Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard shows us how it’s done.

Coffee Subscription Service   Back To Top

Don’t worry about running out Saturday morning to get coffee. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson is at Dunn Brothers Coffee to learn about their new subscription service that will deliver coffee right to your own home. And we get the scoop from the expert on the differences between light, medium and dark roast coffees.

Wine Gadgets   Back To Top

Haskell's Ted Farrell has wine gadgets gift ideas for the person in your life who loves vino!

Pumpkin Spice Recipes   Back To Top

Just walk through the grocery store, or hit up the coffee shop, and the flavor you’ll see all over?  Pumpkin spice of course!  Chef and cookbook author Robin Asbell shows you how to create the flavor right out of your own kitchen! 

Wines for Each Course of Thanksgiving   Back To Top

This holiday season not only can you eat local but you can also drink local.  Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery is just about an hour from the metro area in Kasota, Minnesota.  Click here to find a liquor store that carries Chankaska wines near you.

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings   Back To Top

Don’t let the thousands of options at the liquor store overwhelm you when it comes to picking up wine for Thanksgiving Day. Haskell’s Ted Farrell shares his pairing picks along with a couple appetizer ideas.

Wine Top Secrets   Back To Top

TCL’s Wine Guy, Haskell’s Ted Farrell, shares his top secrets when it comes to storing and remembering wine.

Chai Drinks   Back To Top

Chai is the word for tea in many parts of the world.  There has been a big growth in the popularity of chai.  Chai originated in India.  It’s a flavored tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of Indian spices and herbs.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig shows us how easy it is to make at home.

Food & Drinks with Left Over Halloween Candy   Back To Top

If your kids bring home a ton of Halloween candy after Trick-or-Treating and you're thinking, I gotta get this out of my house, we're going to help you rethink that idea.

Do's and Don'ts of Buying Wine on Sale   Back To Top

The idea that wine is better if it's older isn't always true. TCL's Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, explains why you should remember the acronym DYA at the liquor store.

Craftapped: Craft Beer   Back To Top

The twin cities has a huge beer scene. Craft breweries are popping up all over the area. Now, there’s a website that helps you be a part of the beer scene thanks to a unique club.

Seared Fish Tacos and a TCL Margarita   Back To Top

In honor of TCL’s beach party at Grand Casino Hinckley, Chef Michael Engel shares his recipe for Fish Tacos with a cilantro lime cream and a pickled onion salsa! Plus, he shares news about the newest restaurants under construction at Grand Casino, including a brand new buffet! 

Flavors of Fall at Radisson Blu   Back To Top

Radisson Blu Mall of America is your home away from home for the holidays. From Halloween to New Year's, they're offering great package deals to help you celebrate without leaving the cities. Their restaurant, FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, is switching up their menu to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Assistant General Manager Taylor Shaver showcases a new duck recipe and a Honeycrisp cocktail that you'll be able to try.

Wine and Cheese Pairings   Back To Top

TCL’s Wine Guy, Haskell’s Ted Farrell, serves up his picks for the best wine and cheese pairings to make you look like a pro at your party!

4 Sparkling Wine Picks under $20   Back To Top

Raise a glass without emptying out your wallet! Our Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, describes the difference between Champagne and other sparkling wines, and shares four picks that cost less than $20. 

Chankaska’s North Forest Pumpa Krem   Back To Top

It’s the season for all things pumpkin spice!  Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery is among those adding the flavor to the mix with their new North Forest Pumpa Krem.

Red Blend Wine Picks   Back To Top

There’s more to a red blend wine than dumping leftovers into a bottle. Haskell’s Ted Farrell stops by to explain how they’re made along with four bottles worth picking up.

Mimosas at Home   Back To Top

Minnesota Monthly Food Editor Joy Summers shares mimosa recipes she loves to make at home along with restaurants serving up quality versions of this adult beverage!

Whine Pairings with our Wine Guy   Back To Top

Everyone loves to come to the State Fair.  By the end of the day, though, your attitude might have a 180 shift.  Your feet hurt, you can’t get the smell of the swine barn out of your nose and you’re so stuffed your miserable!  Our wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskell's says sit down and relax with a nice glass of wine.

Wines that Take Home the Gold   Back To Top

We challenged our Wine Guy, Haskell’s Ted Farrell, to pick four of his favorite wines that deserve a gold medal. Best of all, they’re under $10!

Food & Drink of Brazil   Back To Top

All eyes are on Rio for the 2016 Olympics.  For some people, watching the games inspires them to take up a new sport.  For others...it just makes them want to try the food and drink of the country!  Minnesota Monthly's food critic, Joy Summers, shares her favorite food and drink from Brazil that you can find right here.

Be Well with TCL: Supercharge Your Coffee   Back To Top

If you're not adding cream to your coffee in the morning, would you consider a pinch of turmeric? What if you could skip the coffee all together and drink something else to give you a boost of energy?

Sweet Treats Using Wine   Back To Top

It’s time to make desserts using wine! Haskell’s Ted Farrell shares ice cream and slushy recipes you can make as a sweet treat!

Not Your Average Margarita   Back To Top

The classic margarita is a popular drink, but there’s one restaurant that is doing it a bit different. Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant has good food, but it also has good drinks perfect for a happy hour or night out with friends. The restaurant has come up with some drinks that are bigger in concept and flavor. The restaurant has a margarita that uses a yard stick. They also have one that is a take on the mojito. For bubble fans, there’s even a sparkling margarita. 

5th Annual Minnesota Monthly Fine Spirit Classic   Back To Top

For five years Minnesota Monthly has been putting together a night of enjoying the craft cocktail scene called Minnesota Fine Spirits Classic.  Proprietor of Bittercube, Nick Kosevich, stops by the TCL kitchen to tell us about the event and show off some summer cocktails using spirits from the Midwest.

Cooking with Berries   Back To Top

Now is the time to get out and go berry picking here in the Twin Cities!!  Now that you have bushels of berries what are you going to do with them?  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shows us how to create a meal all around blueberries and raspberries!