Drinks

Fine Spirits Classic  

The best of the best bartenders will show off their skills in Minnesota Monthly’s 4th Annual Fine Spirits Classic. You get to sit back and watch the show but you also get to taste spirits from around the world and enjoy some good food. 

Beer Lovers Guide to Wine  

Ted Farrell from Haskell’s is here with the “Beer Lovers Guide to Wine.”  Tell him what beer you love and he’ll tell you what wine you should be trying! 

Best Summer Ever Awards: Best Brewery  

The craft beer scene has blown up in the Twin Cities over the last few years.  There were a lot of local breweries hoping to get the title.  TCL’ers, staff members, and local foodies voted for their favorite brewery.

Sauvignon Blancs  

The US Women’s soccer team added another World Cup star to their jerseys.  We’re having our own friendly world competition with wine!  Sauvignon Blanc is a classic summer wine.  Ted Farrell from Haskell’s Wine brings his favorite Sauvignon Blanc from the USA, New Zealand, and other countries. 

Zero Proof Mix-Off  

Over 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this 4th of July weekend, according to AAA.  We want to help you stay safe behind the wheel with some zero-proof cocktails that are so tasty, you’ll forget there is no alcohol!

Summer Cocktails  

You can enjoy your best summer ever right on your own deck with a delicious cocktail.  Stephany Wieland, creator of Making it With Stephany, shares some easy to make recipes.

Good Company: Whistler Soda  

It was the inspiration of one man to bring back 1950's style pop. Emily meets up with the owner of Whistler Soda

Picnic Wines with Haskell's   Back To Top

It's the perfect time to pack a picnic and enjoy the warmth of summer! We challenged our Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, to pair classic picnic foods with wines. All of his picks are under $10! 

A Twist on Gin & Tonic Slushies   Back To Top

Amy Thielen from the Food Network show, Heartland Table, shows how to make gin and tonic slushies with ingredients from a backyard garden. 

Wine Cocktails   Back To Top

Our wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskells, has three recipes for wine cocktails to get you on your way to having your best summer ever!   

Good Company: Coffee Queen   Back To Top

Treating yourself to coffee shop coffee is a pleasure that many people start their day with.  Juanita Slagerman, from Stacy, realized she was spending an awful lot of money on coffee everyday.  Instead of stopping, she started making her own and turned it into a business.  Now she is known as the Coffee Queen.

Juice at Home   Back To Top

TCL guest and author of "Juice It!", Robin Asbell, says that juices can help cure a hangover, cure a cold, and give you more energy.

Patio Wines   Back To Top

Hopefully, you will find yourself out on your patio this Memorial Day Weekend.  Ted Farrell from Haskell’s has four summer wine picks that you can enjoy on the patio for the best summer ever! 

Burgandy Wines from France   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskell’s continues to travel the world to ensure he has the best wines available.  Recently he returned from a 5-day excursion to the Burgandy region of France.  He brought with him some of his favorites.

Sonoma Wines   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskells just returned from a trip to Sonoma County in California.  He shares his wine picks from the county. 

Seeing Double at Haskell's   Back To Top

Wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskell’s, says you’ll be seeing double when you check out their stores.  Don’t worry, it’s not your eyes.  He has some fantastic “buy one- get one” deals on wine as a part of Haskell’s Spring Sale. 

Masculine Wines   Back To Top

Wine isn’t just for the ladies.  Believe it or not, there are wines out there that are known as “masculine”. Ted Farrell, owner of Haskell’s Wine, introduces us to a few.

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks   Back To Top

Bailey’s Irish Crème was launched in Ireland in the 70’s and is now the most popular liqueur in the world.  Creator of Making it with Stephany, Stephany Wieland shows us how to make your own Irish crème and other St. Patrick’s Day drinks at home.

Red Wine Blends   Back To Top

When you see the name of one specific grape (like Merlot or Pinot Noir, for example) it means that at least 75% of the wine comes from that type of wine grape.  Combining those varietals to make wine blends is a trend you are seeing more of.  Haskell’s wine guy, Ted Farrell, shows us some of his favorites. 

Winter Smoothies   Back To Top

It’s important to start out your day with a healthy breakfast, but sometimes your schedule just doesn’t allow you to take the time to sit down to eat.  Smoothies can be filling and fast.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig shares a few recipes – with some ingredients that may surprise you.

Floral Wines   Back To Top

Throughout the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, master gardeners, DIY Experts, chefs, and other pros will share their secrets and skills.  This includes our Wine Guy, Ted Farrell from Haskells.  He shares with us wines that relate perfectly with the flowers filling the convention center.

Wine and Candy Pairings   Back To Top

In honor of Valentine's Day, TCL's Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, stopped by to pair wines with chocolates and other sweets.

Cocktails for Valentine’s Day   Back To Top

Stephany Wieland, creator of Making it with Stephany, has some creative cocktails for your sweety on Valentine’s Day.

Wine for the Big Game   Back To Top

A lot of folks will be watching the big game on Sunday.  There will be plenty of beer and football appetizers.  If you are a wine lover, Ted Farrell from Haskell’s has you covered. 

Hot Tea Back To Top

If you are looking to warm up, a nice cup of hot tea will do the trick.  Owner of Verdant Tea in Minneapolis, David Duckler, shows us how easy it is to make looseleaf tea.

Red Red Wine   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskell’s is taking us to warmer climates on this cold, frigid day.  He shares wines from the southern hemisphere.  

Hot Drinks   Back To Top

Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig Fine Foods in Saint Paul, stopped by with hot drink recipes, including ones for Hot Buttered Lemonade and Homemade Chai Tea.

Fire Cider   Back To Top

Fire Cider is a folk drink that has been around for over 100 years. Today it's known as a "modern day plague tonic." It can take up to 30 days to make but one of our TCL Regulars says if you have a juicer, it can take just minutes. Cooking for Dads host Rob Barrett stops by with a recipe for Fire Cider.

Champagne Cocktails   Back To Top

We invited the creator of Making It With Stephany, Stephany Wieland, to stop by with creative champagne cocktails for your New Year's Eve party.

Cooking with Wine   Back To Top

Our wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskell’s, unquestionably knows his wine.  But, he knows his way around the kitchen too.  He cooks up Rib Eye Steaks in Red Wine Sauce.  Plus he suggests some wines perfect to pair with whatever you are having for dinner. 

Zero-Proof Mix-Off   Back To Top

The holidays are all about good cheer – but that doesn’t mean the beverages have to contain alcohol!  We’ve enlisted the help of three bartenders and challenged them to come up with their best Zero-proof cocktails that you won’t even miss the alcohol in.

Wine & Cheese Pairings   Back To Top

Over the holidays, one of the most popular appetizers served is probably a cheese tray.  Our wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskells, is here to fill us in on which wine should be paired with those cheeses. 

Wines for Thanksgiving   Back To Top

You have your turkey and the pumpkin pie all ready for Thanksgiving, but there might be one thing your not sure about.  Do you have the right wine to serve?  Ted Farrell from Haskells is here with wines that go with some classic Thanksgiving foods.

Coffee Cardamom Old Manhattan   Back To Top

Joy Summers, (Joy On the Rocks.com) recipe is inspired by the cardamom bread her mom makes for the holidays. She usually eat two loaves all by myself. The interior is squishy and studded spice granules and the braided loaves are finished with a sticky coffee glaze that is unique to my family.

Tour of Italy   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskells takes us on a “Tour of Itally with four wines from different regions of Italia.  

Wine Deals   Back To Top

Whether your go to wine is a chardonnay or a good house wine, you’ll want to head to Haskell’s Fall Wine Sale where you can get buy one and get one free.  Ted Farrell has his picks to check out. 

Cider Cocktails   Back To Top

Just as craft beer production has grown, so has the production of cider.  Just like beer cocktails, Twin Cities restaurants are creating cider cocktails too.  Jim Watkins, co-founder of Sociable Cider Werks, shows us a few of those cider cocktails.

Shrub Cocktails   Back To Top

When you hear the word shrub, you probably think of the plant.  In the cocktail world, a shrub is a sweet vinegar concoction.  Creator of Joy on the Rock.com and editor of Eater Minneapolis, Joy Summers, shows us some pretty tasty shrub cocktails.

Ask the Wine Guy   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskell’s travels the world to bring the finest wines back to Minnesota.  Haskell’s carries over 10,000 wine products and Ted knows a lot about wine in general.  He answers some of the questions you have about wine.

Harvest Beer Festival   Back To Top

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s Guide to the Twin Cities Beer Scene is on stands now.  Get a taste of what the Twin Cities has to offer at the first ever Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s Harvest Beer Festival!  Dining Editor, Stephanie March, is here with a few samples.

Fall Cocktails   Back To Top

Nick Kosevich, owner of Bittercube Bitters and partner at Eat Street Social, shares some recipes for fal drink cocktails.

High Rated Wines   Back To Top

On a bottle of wine, you may have noticed a point system given.  It’s based on a scale of 100 and is used by wine magazines and enthusiasts.  An excellent bottle of wine will have a score of 90 and above.  Wine Guy, Ted Farrell, from Haskells shares four “excellent” wines for under $15 a bottle.

Finnegans Beer   Back To Top

Finnegans is making a name for itself in the craft beer scene.  This week they are unveiling a new beer.  Emily went to check it out and what she found out what they do with their profits was a nice surprise.

Healthier Happy Hour   Back To Top

When you have been working out or had some progress with the diet you’ve been working on, you might think about skipping that party or happy hour.  It might just be easier to skip the temptation, right?  Believe it or not, you don’t have to.  Workout expert Nancy Stoneberg shows Emily some healthier options when going out.

Harvest Drinks   Back To Top

Ted Farrell of Haskell’s shares the flavor of fall with apple wines, pumpkin beers, and more. 

9/24 Host Chat   Back To Top

Elizabeth is back from vacation!  Steve and Elizabeth do a little catching up.

Napa Wines   Back To Top

Last week, Napa, California experienced their worst earthquake they’ve seen in over twenty years.  The 6.0 earthquake did some damage but not enough to cause worries over a price hike on your favorite wine, says Ted Farrell from Haskell’s Wine.  

Minnesota Wine Country Booth   Back To Top

Located near the Food Building is the Minnesota Wine Country booth.  It’s where you’ll find wine from the 40 wineries and 600 vineyards across Minnesota.  Kyle Peterson, co-owner of Wine Haven Winery shows us some of the best wine Minnesota has to offer.

Farrell House Wines   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskell’s has been sharing his vast knowledge of wines from around the world.  We wondered which ones were his personal favorites.  We asked Ted what he always makes sure to have in his wine rack in his own home.  

Beer Cocktails   Back To Top

Having a nice cold beer on a warm summer evening is heaven.  But mix in a few ingredients for a beer cocktail and it’s a whole different kind of flavor.  Head bartender Chris Myers from Brasserie Zentral has three different beer cocktails that will get your taste buds excited.