Drinks

Caribbean Backyard Bash  

If you've got a summer BBQ in your upcoming plans, we want you to put down that package of hotdogs. Don't even think of buying that relish tray. Instead, escape to the Caribbean. The owner of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, Tomme Beevas, stopped by to show us how to pull together a Caribbean Backyard Bash.

Bald Man Brewing  

Some of the best breweries aren’t in the cities, they’re in the burbs. Throughout the summer, Twin Cities Live is going to feature some of them. Our first stop is Bald Man Brewing in Eagan. It’s a hot spot for folks wanting good beer and a good vibe.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

Once you’ve had your fun at Valleyfair, take a break at Badger Hill Brewing Company!  Badger Hill Brewing Company offers tours, has eight beers on tap, and growlers to go!  Click here for information. 

 

Don't Judge a Wine by Its Label  

To grab attention in the liquor store aisles, winemakers are spending more money to make fancier labels. But don't let that be the deciding factor on what you purchase. TCL's Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, shares four wines with less than glamorous labels that aren't worth passing up.

National Wine Day and Int'l Chardonnay Day  

TCL's Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, stops by to celebrate two 'holidays' he holds close to his heart: International Chardonnay Day and National Wine Day. Plus, he has exclusive deals for TCLers!

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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.