Drinks

5th Annual Minnesota Monthly Fine Spirit Classic  

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  

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!   

Tour de France with Wine  

July 14th marks the anniversary of the storming of a fortress during the beginning of the French Revolution back in 1789.  We call this day Bastille Day!  Our wine guy, Ted Farrell from Haskell’s Wine takes us on a Tour de France through wine!   

Boozy Milkshakes  

Haskell's Ted Farrell typically shares wine picks from around the world, but for this segment, we challenged him to find the best adult milkshakes on the internet. He stopped by with three delicious choices you can make for guests. 

Rose All Day  

TCL’s Wine Guy, Haskell’s Ted Farrell, shares four rose wine picks perfect for sipping while on the patio this summer!

Easy Graduation Party Ideas  

When you put all the hard work into throwing a grad party you want to enjoy it.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shares three recipes for your party so you’re not stuck in the kitchen.  A Grilled Citrus Chicken salad, Strawberry Melon salad and Lavender Berry Lemonade are make a head recipes to keep you out of the kitchen.

Wine & Grilled Food Pairings  

Fire up the grill and grab a corkscrew! Haskell’s Ted Farrell pairs wines with burgers, chicken, and more!

TCL in your Town: Waconia’s Brewery, Distillery, and Wineries   Back To Top

We’re bringing TCL in your Town, this week we’re in Waconia!  Food and Dining Editor for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, stops by to highlight the town that creates some delicious wines, beers and spirits! 

Good Company: Summit Brewing Company   Back To Top

Summit Brewing Company is celebrating a big anniversary. The company was started by founder Mark Stutrud 30 years ago. It was a big risk back in 1986, but that risk has certainly paid off. Summit Brewing Company really helped pioneer the craft beer scene. Today, Summit has produced 46 different beers and is available in 14 states.

European Wine Picks   Back To Top

Haskell’s is home to over 10,000 wine products, including thousands highlighting the best regions for vino in Europe. Haskell’s Ted Farrell shares two sweet Riesling picks along with two wines coming from Portugal, including one bottle of Port. 

Salty Treats and Sweet Wines   Back To Top

The sweet and salty combo is certainly a popular one, but we wanted to know what salty treats would go well with sweet wines. Emily goes to Haskell’s in Saint Paul to meet up with Ted Farrell, our TCL Wine Guy. He has some great combos that will have you ready to snack and sip.

Vegas Flair Bartending   Back To Top

Vegas is the place to see some awesome shows.  Even heading to the bar in Vegas you see a show! Order a drink and all of a sudden the bartending is juggling and mixing and putting on a small event all to create your drink. We’re lucky enough to have flair bartenders right here in Minneapolis called Liquid Motion and they show us what they can do on the Mystic Lake Showroom Stage.

Pinot Gris Vs. Pinot Grigio   Back To Top

Now that the weather is finally warming up, many folks are starting to drink more white wine. But what’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Ted Farrell from Haskell’s breaks it down for us and he shares his favorite picks of both with Emily.

Radisson Blu & Cocktails   Back To Top

Elizabeth checked out some of the suites that are available to you at Radisson Blu Mall of America.  Then she headed over to FireLke Grill House & Cocktail Bar for some refreshments.

3 Baseball Inspired Cocktails   Back To Top

Cheers to baseball season!  Head Bartender at Coup D’etat in Minneapolis, Ralena Young, shows off 3 cocktails that are inspired by America’s pass time using some local ingredients.

Our Wine Guy's Picks for Best Merlots   Back To Top

One scene in the 2004 cult-hit comedy “Sideways” changed the world of Merlot wines. Years later, winemakers are still feeling the impact, although the varietal is widely available and is produced in regions around the world. Haskell’s Ted Farrell shares his Merlot picks.

Wines from Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery   Back To Top

Mike Drash left winemaking country in Napa to move to Minnesota and make wine at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery instead. He stops by the studio to tell us how he came to our state and share a few his wines too.

Wines the Experts Drink   Back To Top

We couldn’t celebrate National Drink Wine Day with our Wine Guy, Haskell’s Ted Farrell! He stopped by with wines that Ted and his family have on hand at home along with deals for TCL’ers!

Fresh Juice Cocktails   Back To Top

In honor of the most romantic day of the year, Cookbook Author, Robin Asbell shows us how to create fresh juices but with a twist.  These juices have are for adults only!  They’re all red and they all use fresh ingredients to you to enjoy with your loved one. 

Healthy Teas   Back To Top

When you aren’t feeling good, sometimes a good, warm cup of tea is all it takes to make you feel better.  It’s not only just having the warm cup in your hands that feels good, there is also some reasons that the tea helps.  Owner of Verdant Tea, David Duckler, explains the health benefits. 

Du Nord Craft Spirits   Back To Top

Breweries have become more popular in Minnesota over the last few years. That is thanks in part to the Surly Bill in 2011 which now allows brewers to sell their pints on location. There’s another trend that is starting to pop up and gain more popularity. - we’re talking about distilleries. Du Nord Craft Spirits was started by a husband and wife who wanted to combine their backgrounds and love of city and rural life in Minnesota.

Host a Wine Party   Back To Top

Haskell's Ted Farrell shares clever taste testing ideas for incorporating wine into your next house gathering.

Hot Chocolate Recipes   Back To Top

Chocolate was a drink for thousands of years before they started serving it in bars. Hot chocolate is a great way to warm up on a cold day. Stephany Wieland from the website Making It With Stephany shares her recipe for a classic homemade hot chocolate. Plus, she included a “hot vanilla” and a frozen version too!

Bloody Marys   Back To Top

In honor of National Bloody Mary Day we’re mixing up the classic with Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig!

Wine Guy’s Guide to the Holidays   Back To Top

TCL’s Wine Guy, Haskell’s Ted Farrell shares his guide for the holidays, including a crowd-pleasing wine that will make a great hostess gift and a suggestion on what drink to sip on as you celebrate the New Year!

Variations on the Moscow Mule   Back To Top

The ingredients to a Moscow Mule are simple: vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. They soared in popularity during America's fascination with vodka in the 1950s. TCL's Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, shared variations to the Moscow Mule. 

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery   Back To Top

If you thought you had to go all the way to Napa to experience a picturesque winery, you thought wrong. Elizabeth takes us to Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery in Kasota, Minnesota. It’s a little over an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities and features a full winemaking operation. Elizabeth tries some of their most popular wines, plus a wine-based cordial called North Forest Valnot Krem that can be served in hot coffee or over ice with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

French Wines   Back To Top

Beaujolais Nouveau is a French tradition. The red wine, produced in the Beaujolais region of that country, is released every year on the third Thursday of November and is sold around the world. TCL’s Wine Guy, Haskell’s Ted Farrell, stops by with the 2015 batch and other French wines worth trying.

After Thanksgiving Dinner Drink   Back To Top

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans will spend 1.23 hours eating and drinking over Thanksgiving weekend. To make it the best Thanksgiving ever, Haskell’s Ted Farrell has wine and pie pairings along with a recipe for an after dinner drink you can sip on as a cocktail or mix with coffee.

Flavors of Fall   Back To Top

Pumpkin spice has gone beyond the coffee shop. Pumpkin-flavored vodka, wine and beer are now dotting the aisles of the liquor store. Haskell's Ted Farrell stops by with some flavors of fall.

Cider Cocktails   Back To Top

Jim Watkins from Sociable Cider Werks shows us cocktails using cider for the season!

90 Point Plus Wines   Back To Top

Ted Farrell from Haskell’s has some wines that are deemed outstanding by the pros.  That doesn’t mean you have to pay hundreds of dollars for the wines that rate 90 Point Plus. Ted explains what that means.   

Holiday Cocktails   Back To Top

'Tis the season.  Whether you are a fan of October, November, or December we’ve got a cocktail for you.  Taylor Shaver from Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar at Radisson Blu Mall of America created a cocktail for each month.

Fresh Hops Beer   Back To Top

For many, going to the bar and ordering a Budweiser or a Miller are gone.  More and more beer lovers are ordering craft beers these days.  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Food & Dining Editor Stephanie March explains how the hops in beer effects the taste.

Fall Sangrias   Back To Top

Normally, when you think of sangrias, you probably think of sipping on them in the summertime.  Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig says they aren’t just for summer!  Laurie got inspired by the delicious flavors of fall and put them in a wine glass!

Rare Wines   Back To Top

The hit show, Scandal, returns for its fifth season on ABC Premiere Week!  The main character , Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), knows a lot about wine – especially rare wines.  Ted Farrell from Haskell’s catches up on Scandal and gives Steve a lesson in rare but affordable red wines.

Beer Cocktails   Back To Top

Watching the game on TV at home might require only one thing.  A beer.  We decided to make things a bit more classy by kicking it up a notch.  Head bartender at Coup d’etat, Ralena Young, shows us some beer cocktail recipes. 

Fall Wines   Back To Top

The days of sipping Sangria and Sauvignon Blancs out on the patio are making way for heartier wines good for slow cooker meals and watching TV from the couch.  Ted Farrell from Haskell’s shares his wine picks to help you transition into fall.

LaCroix Cocktails   Back To Top

The popular sparkling water beverage is delicious all on its own.  Creator of Making it with Stephany, Stephany Wieland, says the only thing its missing is the spirits.  She shows us how to use LaCroix Sparkling Water as a base for your cocktails. 

Wine Tasting   Back To Top

Our wine guy, Ted Farrell, from Haskell’s Wine spent the morning judging over 80 wines in the Amateur Wine Producer Contest in the Agriculture-Horticulture Building.  Whether you are judging wine or just enjoying a glass, Ted says there are five steps to tasting wine like a pro. 

Wine Chat with Haskell's Ted Farrell   Back To Top

Our regular wine guy Ted Farrell from Haskell's has been on the show for years. Elizabeth and Steve decided to switch things up and have a wine chat with Ted to get answers for some commonly asked questions.

Fine Spirits Classic   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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!