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Vodka and Champagne: the Black Pearl Cocktail

The Black Pearl is another Minneapolis original by Johnny Michaels. With its sweet combination of vodka, sparkling wine, and blackberry syrup, it is, as Michaels says, “another vodka-based favorite for the peoples.”

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Devil Mix and smoked absinthe: the Future Ghost Cocktail

I hope you still have some of the “Devil Mix” from Johnny Michaels’s Handsome Devil, because we need some for the Future Ghost.

Michaels describes the Future Ghost as “a Sazerac-Manhattan hybrid, served in a bordeaux wineglass.” Continue reading “Devil Mix and smoked absinthe: the Future Ghost Cocktail”

Mixing with olive oil: the Oliveto cocktail

When I first encountered Pip Hanson’s Oliveto, my reaction was one of wonderment, bordering on denial.

Olive oil? In a cocktail?

I have no idea how people dream these things up, but my incredulousness gave way to intrigue. I had to try this. Continue reading “Mixing with olive oil: the Oliveto cocktail”

The Handsome Devil

I love that scene in Amadeus where the Emperor chastises Mozart for using “too many notes.” That cracks me up. Continue reading “The Handsome Devil”

Trinity Bitters and the Older Fashioned Cocktail

I first encountered Nick Kosevich’s cocktails back in the days when he tended bar at Town Talk in south Minneapolis. (In fact, it was Kosevich’s Sidecar that inspired my first Cold Glass article in 2009.) His back bar was lined with dropper bottles and dashers, evidence of his fascination with tinctures, bitters and flavorings. Continue reading “Trinity Bitters and the Older Fashioned Cocktail”

Z is for Zillah (who drank too much gin)

So how much gin is too much gin?

Those familiar with illustrator Edward Gorey may recognize this article’s title as the caption from one of his drawings, the final frame in an alphabet-driven collection called the Gashlycrumb Tinies, about children who meet curious untimely ends. Poor Zillah. Continue reading “Z is for Zillah (who drank too much gin)”

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