Some like it HOT!

There is nothing better than sitting in front of the fireplace on a cold, winter night, sipping a hot cocktail. And after shoveling all of that snow, you’ve certainly earned one!   

So the Internet is inundated with millions upon millions of amazing recipes you can check out for inspiration, but here are just a few of my favorite spirits to add to your next cup of joe or cider. 

Check out these links for some incredible new drink ideas:

Coffee: Kahlua (new Midnight!), Trader Vic’s Roasted Chestnut Liqueur, Bailey’s, Godiva Chocolate Liqueurs, Amaretto di Saronno, 2Gingers Irish Whisky  

Apple Cider: Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur, Tuaca, Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps, Berentzen Apple or Pear Liqueurs, Barenjager

Hot Chocolate: Malibu Coconut Rum, Rumpleminze Peppermint Schnapps, New Kahlua Gingerbread, Bailey’s Caramel or Mint Chocolate flavors, Chambord….of course, I wouldn’t want to serve hot chocolate without adding some alcohol infused whipped cream on top!

Last but not least, if you catch a cold, as we all inevitably do, be sure to throw a shot of brandy and a twist of lemon into a hot tea toddy.  It will cure what ails you! 

Stay warm!

  Tammy Wanchena, Store Manager

I like Scotch

To me, there’s nothing better than a good Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. Let me tell you the difference between a Single Malt Scotch Whiskey and a Blended Scotch Whiskey:

  • A Single Malt Scotch Whiskey is produced from only water and malted barley at a single distillery by batch distillation in pot stills.
  • A blended Scotch Whiskey contains both malt whiskies and grain whiskies. About 90% of all Scotch produced in Scotland are Blended Whiskies.

Also, Scotch Whiskey must be aged a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels before bottled. The aging process stops once the whiskey is removed from the barrel. So if you own a 12 year old bottle a Scotch and keep it lock away in your liquor cabinet for 10 years (Can’t imagine why anybody would do such a thing), your bottle of Scotch is still only 12 years old (So don’t do that). Most Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are aged at least 10 years most are aged 12 years and some are aged up to 25 years. Most blended Scotch is aged at the 3 year level and that’s one of the reasons they cost less.

The first known distillation occurred in the late 1400’s. It was called “lively water” or “water of life”. Like to get my hands (lips) on some of that stuff.

There are 4 regions in Scotland where whiskey is produced
Highland, Lowland, Islay and Campbeltown. All regions give their products a unique taste. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Balvenie 15 year, only 350 bottles come from any 1 barrel and all bottles are hand numbered. Each bottling forms a limited edition so each bottle is unique and unrepeatable. The nose is one of vanilla, honey and oak. Simply the best!

MaCallan 12 year, aged in Sherry Oak Casks. Not as unique as the Balvenie but delicious just the same. You’ll find hints of grapes, and sherry wine and some might get a hint of chocolate.

Laphroaig 10 year, from the Islay region and the malt barley is dried over a peat fire giving this Scotch Whiskey a smokey pungent and earthy nose. On the tongue one gets a sweet and salty taste.

And by the way, all 3 are available for your pleasure, at any of the Eden Prairie Liquor Stores. Of course many other brands are available for your shopping experience. Come on in and ask me about our Scotch selection.

Here’s to you!

Mitch Dean, Assistant Operations Manager

Skinny Cocktails for the Holidays

The holidays are nearing and it will be that time where I indulge at the dinner table as well as at holiday parties. I recently came across a few tips so we all can enjoy skinny cocktailing without depriving ourselves taste.

When mixing up my cocktails I use fresh 100% juices. Also, I use zero calorie bubblers instead of soft drinks such as flavored seltzer, sparkling water or club soda. Remember,the simpler the cocktail the fewer calories. Also consider drinking sparkling wines, they have less sugar and can be mixed with the fresh juices for a fun and festive cocktail. My personal favorite is Cava from Spain because it’s inexpensive and perfect for sipping or mixing.

And as always, drink in moderation. Here are a few skinny cocktail recipies I found to be refreshing and light without sacrificing flavor.

Simple Margarita 170 Calories
One shot of your favorite tequila, lime juice to taste and a splash of triple sec. Shake with ice and serve.

Better Bellini 120 Calories
Pour 2 oz of peach nectar into a flute and swirl with 4 oz ofprosecco or champagne. Try with mimosas as well with orange juice.

Asian Flavor Fusion 90 Calories
Start with a shot of ginger flavored vodka and lime flavored sparkling water.

Cheers!

 Holly Smith, Liquor Store Manager

Celebrating and Sharing the Harvest

Last Thursday night, we hosted a Fall Harvest Beer Festival event – it was an evening filled with friendship and fun, and I enjoyed meeting so many of our awesome customers!

This was the second year Eden Prairie Liquor has hosted a beer event in the fall, and this year we decided to add a food drive for Eden Prairie PROP.

Knowing that many of our customers are dedicated to the Eden Prairie community, we thought this would be a great opportunity for all of us to help those who may find themselves in need this holiday season.

And you, our loyal customers, did not let us down!

Not only did you show up to drink some great beers and enjoy a delicious bratwurst or two in celebration of the fall harvest, but you also stepped up to share the harvest by donating more than 158 pounds of food for the PROP organization – WOW! I am continually impressed with the generosity in this community, and we appreciate your participation in the food drive.

We also appreciate the great beer vendors who came out and shared more than 35 different brews at the Festival – without them, none of this would have been possible! And we’re looking forward to planning more events like this in 2013.

Cheers!

 Gretchen Holmgren, Operations Manager

Beer, Brats and Vikings Football

There’s nothing better than enjoying a fall evening in Minnesota with cold beer, warm bratwurst, football and friends.

This Thursday night, you can enjoy all of the above at the Eden Prairie Liquor Fall Harvest Beer Festival!

And it’s all thanks to this inquiry we received last week, regarding the date of the event:

The Vikings play next Thursday night.
Will there be TVs to view the game?

Thanks!
David

Wow, we hadn’t even thought of that!

We truly appreciate you bringing it to our attention, David – because the answer is yes, we can and absolutely will bring in some televisions to broadcast the Thursday Night Football game during the event.

Tickets are only $10, plus those attending the event will receive a coupon for $2 off any craft beer purchase, so stop by any of our three Eden Prairie Liquor locations to get yours today.

Skol Vikings!

Mitch-Dean-100x150 Mitch Dean, Assistant Liquor Store Operations Manager