by Molly Priesmeyer - 262 Reviews - 117 List
Spring Fling: The promise of hotter weather brings to mind one thing--sipping a cool drink in the sunshine. Greet the warmer days with hand-crafted drinks from the master mixologists at these Twin Cities restaurants and bars.
Updated: April 28, 2010
This world-famous Minneapolis restaurant is known for its food and mixologist-made drinks, including one that comes with real gold flecks. But in the summer months, head to the lounge and check out the ?Cortez the Killer,? an extra-strong sangria cocktail made with Brugal rum.
This upscale diner in South Minneapolis is known for its adult malts and unique cocktails. A refreshing and super-kicky favorite is always the Green Fairy, loaded with Bombay Sapphire, Zen Green Tea Liqueur, St. George's Absinthe, lemon, sugar and egg white for added fizz.
Now in a new and larger location in St. Paul, Il Veco Vino serves up authentic Italian fare--none of that endless bowl of pasta/heart attack--and homemade drinks like the Sangria, a fizzy, delicious and refreshing drink featuring white wine, peaches and 'secret ingredients.?
This downtown hot spot has to be famous for its drinks. It is, after all, a tequila bar, and it's owned by Tim McKee of La Belle Vie, which is famous for its award-winning menu and cocktail concoctions. Our current favorite is the Macho Camacho, a blood orange margarita with a splash of cava and muddled pepper.
Space-age mixologly meets SoHo refinement at this Graves 601 Hotel lounge and restaurant. Master mixologists lovingly and painstakingly prepare drinks here using the freshest and most unique ingredients around--like house-made bitters, flowers, candy and more.