Cracklin’ Savie Sauvignon Blanc and Mexican Shrimp Cocktail!

cracklin'This summer the Star Tribune’s Taste section featured 12 wines under $20 to delight you. I was honored to be invited with eight other wine experts to share our “wow” picks you’ll want to try.

I chose one of my favorite new wines at Eden Prairie Liquor, Cracklin’ Savie Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc ($18.99) from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Because most people haven’t tasted or even seen a sparkling sauvignon blanc, this wine is especially fun to serve at summer gatherings. As I mentioned in the article, Cracklin’ Savie is a perfect crowd pleaser that features bright fruit aromas with a crisp, medium body. The bubbles put this fabulous wine over the top!

Recently I paired Cracklin’ Savie with my favorite appetizer, Mexican shrimp cocktail. Both were a hit! Stop by Eden Prairie Liquor for a bottle of Cracklin’ Savie and follow this recipe to delight your guests.

Ingredients:
1 lb. uncooked large shrimp, cleaned and peeled
5 cups water
Salt to taste

1-1/4 cup spicy ketchup – if you can’t find spicy just add some hot sauce to regular ketchup
1-1/4 cup Clamato juice
2 cups cucumber, diced
1-2 serrano peppers, minced – I have used jalapenos for those who don’t like it really spicy
2 large Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1 large avocado, diced
3-4 limes, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
Hot sauce to taste

Directions:
Prep step: Have a bowl of ice water on hand before you cook the shrimp.

Poach the shrimp in boiling, salted water for just two minutes or until they turn pink. Drain and transfer the shrimp to the bowl of ice water, and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients in the order listed. Taste for salt, pepper and hot sauce. Drain the chilled shrimp and add to the sauce mixture. Cover and chill for one hour before serving.

Serve with saltine crackers and garnish with more cilantro if you like. Serve it in a margarita glass to jazz it up. Enjoy!

Tana Wold, Eden Prairie Liquor

Tana Wold, Purchasing and Event Manager

Meet Store Manager Shannon Atwill!

Store Manager Shannon Atwill

You may have noticed a new face at our Den Road store across from Cub Foods. Her name is Shannon Atwill, our new liquor store manager.

A long-time resident of Eden Prairie, Shannon has more than 30 years of sales, management and most recently, retail experience. She has a passion for wine and learning about new things. The craft beer and bourbon/scotch explosion has provided an exciting opportunity to learn about an array of beverage options for before, during or after dinner.

When not at work, Shannon enjoys sewing and crafting, science fiction/fantasy, and attending classic car shows with her husband Doug. They have a son, William, who graduated from Eden Prairie High School and is currently attending Mankato State University.

Oh, and you don’t want to mess with Shannon – she holds a second degree black belt in karate!

Tana Wold, Eden Prairie Liquor

Tana Wold, Purchasing and Event Manager

Another Successful Spring Wine Event

spring2016Eden Prairie Liquor hosted its annual Spring Wine Event Thursday, April 14.

Guests enjoyed tastings at 20 wine tables and six beer tables. Thank you to all who attended this popular event. If you would like to learn more about our Wine Club and receive invitations to events such as this, click here.

Next up, representatives from Eden Prairie Liquor will be on tap at the May 21 Arts in the Park festival at Purgatory Creek Park (13001 Technology Drive.) Stop by our tables between 1 and 4 p.m. for a free tasting of beer, wine and spirits. Identification is required for admittance to the tasting area.

Hope to see you on the 21st!

Tana Wold, Eden Prairie Liquor

Tana Wold, Purchasing and Event Manager

Moscow Mule Fever!

titoI am usually not one to follow the crowd when it comes to trendy cocktails but I am hooked on Moscow Mules! These classic cocktails are making their way back on to every menu I see. They are very easy to make and so refreshing. I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as I do.

MOSCOW MULE
Ingredients
Makes 1 cocktail
• 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka (I use Tito’s Handmade Vodka because it is my favorite)
• 1/2 fluid ounce lime juice
• ice cubes
• 1/2 cup ginger beer ( I prefer Gosling’s Ginger Beer, not too sweet)
• 1 lime wedge for garnish

Directions
1. Pour vodka and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes and ginger beer. Stir to combine.
2. Drop a lime wedge into the mug for garnish.
Traditional Moscow Mules are served in a copper mug but if you don’t have one any glass will work.

Enjoy!!

 

Tana Wold, Eden Prairie Liquor

Tana Wold, Purchasing and Event Manager

Help Support Local Animals in Need!

secondIn conjunction with the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association and MillerCoors, Eden Prairie Liquor is raising funds and collecting supplies to help Second Hand Hounds, located in Eden Prairie. You can help by donating money or by bringing in supplies during the month of April. 100% of donations are given to Second Hand Hounds.

Most needed items include:
Cat litter, puppy food, kitten food (canned preferred), paper towels, bleach, stamps, garbage bags, laundry detergent, pine sol, Clorox wipes, sandwich size and gallon size Ziploc bags, puppy pads and diapers, zip ties, food bowls, pill pockets, cat treats, frontline, dog food (Iams brand or anything from Chuck & Don’s or Costco), specialty food – grain free, senior, all life stages, litter boxes, gentle leader (all sizes), slip leads, kennels, gift cards for gas, gift cards for Chuck & Don’s and Costco.

They DO NOT need the following (thanks to a recent large donation):
Towels, linens, blankets, dog treats, grooming supplies, dish soap, and hand soap

This supplies drive will run from April 1 through April 30, 2016.

Tana Wold, Eden Prairie Liquor

Tana Wold, Purchasing and Event Manager