By Mike Augustyniak

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak features a local mixologist to get a new recipe you can use to impress your craft cocktail-enthusiast friends. This week, he heads to a beloved Irish pub in downtown Minneapolis that has some head-turning cocktails.

Chai Rye Cold Press

  • 1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
  • ½ oz Chai Syrup *
  • 3 oz Bent Paddle Nitro Cold Press Black Ale
  • * To Make Chai Syrup:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 cups of water
  • 5 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 bags of black tea
  • Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Strain and bottle and keep chilled. Keeps for four to six weeks.

    mikes mix kierans irish pub Mikes Mix: Kierans Irish Pub

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    Combine ingredients in a shaker tin then add ice and shake vigorously. Strain in to a martini glass and float coffee beans on the head for garnish/aromatics.

    Leopold Gin Tea Martini

  • 2 oz Leopold Brothers Small Batch Gin
  • 1 oz Tea Syrup *
  • ½ oz Aperol
  • * To make Tea Syrup:

  • 2 Cups Fresh-Brewed Black Tea
  • ½ Cup Granulated White Sugar
  • ¼ Cup of TeaSource Hibiscus Red Berries blend
  • Combine in a pot on a stove. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain mixture and bottle and keep chilled. Keeps for four to six weeks.


    Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, then add ice and stir to chill. Strain in to a martini glass and garnish with a raspberry wrapped with a lemon peel.

    Kieran’s Irish Pub is an upbeat, old-fashioned and family-friendly bar offering craft cocktails, draft beers, pub fare and live Irish music. Two-dollar-off happy hour specials run daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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