Craft spirits have taken the bars by storm. No longer can you only get the old liquor brands that you drank in college, but so many more options have unfolded in the world of cocktails. Minnesota bars have embraced the movement into new and premium spirits that challenge the traditions of your grandfather’s liquor cabinet. One new trend is the house-infused vodka. Bars and restaurants have taken it upon themselves to use premium spirits in their own recipes to create flavored vodka in all shapes and sizes. Try an infused creation on the rocks or in a cocktail at any of these places.
4 Bells
1610 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 904-1163

The menu may be a little confusing to anyone who is not a foodie, but the drinks speak the common language of alcohol. Enjoy unusual vodka infusions that are made to match the food served at 4 Bells. Flavors like mustard vodka speak to the tastebuds in a spicy and tangy way. Other infusions include dill vodka and pepper vodka, a long way from those fruity flavors that taste like cheap wine coolers. Grab a classic drink with a vodka infusion, or let the bartender create something delicious for you.

LoLo American Kitchen
233 Main St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 342-2461

Where can you get gourmet hot dogs, lobster rolls and everything in between? At LoLo American Kitchen, the cocktail and bar menu is as diverse as the food. Walk in and breathe the delicious smells of their open kitchen and liveliness of the atmosphere. Try a signature cocktail with tea-infused vodka, or go spicy with their house-made chile vodka. The infused vodkas are creative and beyond anything you have ever had before. Complement your food with the perfect drink.

The Six15 Room
615 2nd Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 288-8888

Located in the Grand Hotel in downtown Minneapolis and known for its fun and lively bar, The Six15 Room is a great place to grab an infused vodka drink that may be a bit out of your comfort zone. Sit back and relax in their stylish lounge and order up something sweet, bitter, salty or spicy. Many will prefer the more tame triple berry vodka, and others may venture to try the bacon-infused or thai chile vodka. Either way, the cocktails and concoctions are top-notch!

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Moscow On The Hill
371 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-1236

Considered the premier Russian restaurant and vodka bar in the Twin Cities, Moscow On The Hill combines premium and craft spirits with their own recipes for house infusions. The most popular and famous vodka infusion at Moscow On The Hill is their Referent horseradish-infused vodka. Spicy and smooth, it is perfect in Bloody Marys. Other infusions include tiramisu, cilantro, cinnamon, honey and raspberry. You may have to visit them several times to try everything; attempting to do it in one visit may cause overconsumption.

Red Herring Lounge
208 E. 1st St.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 481-7318

Check out the cocktail lounge in Duluth that is quickly becoming a hot spot for those who like to relax and have a good time minus cover charges and obnoxious dance music. Craft cocktails are featured on a rotating menu and specials are offered every night. Try some of the more unusual flavors like snap pea or carrot infused spirits, or just stick to more traditional flavors. Listen to some local music and hang out with great people while you’re there.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature.