I absolutely love beverages. Who doesn’t? Sure, I drink water most of the day to hydrate and prepare me for workouts, but I get really excited by new beverages or new beverage creations. From craft cocktails to coffee to coconut water, this week has been a busy one filled with new drink discoveries.
Lately I’ve been taking a super fun yet exhausting cycling workout with friends and as a reward I’ve been treating myself to an Irish Apple Martini cocktail from Eli’s Food & Cocktails’ talented bartender, Richie. This man knows how to craft a cocktail with Powers whiskey, Irish Mist liqueur, house made apple cider reduction and a splash of sour mix.
Taprooms are popping up all over the Twin Cities serving craft beer and the latest to open is Dangerous Man Brewing Company in Northeast Minneapolis. They had a soft opening on Saturday and served four beers, one of them being Chocolate Milk Stout. Medium bodied and a perfect winter warmer, be on the lookout for a couple of new brews from head brewer and owner, Rob Miller in the near future.
My favorite neighborhood coffee shop is Urban Bean Coffee, with locations on Lyndale Avenue and Bryant Avenue in Minneapolis. I ran into owner Greg Martin and he invited me to try their brand new mocha creation. What I love about Urban Bean’s coffee creations is that they offer a touch of sweetness without overdoing it like most coffee shops. This special mocha is made with real chocolate, Dutch process cocoa, and just a splash of their house made vanilla syrup. Perfection.