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These 3 Drinks Are Perfect for the Big Game in Minneapolis


The home team may not have made it to the big game (they did come close!), but Minneapolis residents are still pumped to host pro football’s championship in their state-of-the-art, fixed-roof stadium. It’ll be a well-deserved turn in the spotlight for the city that’s given the world Prince, the Replacements, the Juicy Lucy hamburger, and the proud tradition of the team once nicknamed the Purple People Eaters.

With all that in mind, we tapped East Village bartender and Minneapolis native Brian Hawthorne to create three cocktails dedicated to the culturally rich metropolis on the banks of the Mississippi.

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The average winter temperature in Minneapolis is roughly 15 degrees, and the gameday prediction calls for a low of -2 (with a high of a balmy 11). If ever there were a time and a place for a Hot Toddy, it's February in Minneapolis. Of course the game’s being played indoors and you’ll be watching indoors as well, but one of these inviting, Nordic-inspired creations would still be perfect, clutched warmly between your hands. Bourbon, wintergreen, and maple syrup. Mmmmm.

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wintergreen tea
maple syrup
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Purple fits the city of Minneapolis on two levels: the home team wears it, of course, and legendary musician and Minneapolis native Prince favored it. This delicious and easy-to-make concoction makes a perfect game-day party drink, and given its color, which comes out on the raspberry-magenta end of the purple spectrum, it also pays tribute to one of Prince’s greatest singles, “Raspberry Beret.”

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blackberry purée
fresh lemon juice
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If you’ve never had a Juicy Lucy, you’re missing out on one of the great innovations in hamburger history. Invented in Minneapolis (at either Matt’s Bar or the 5-8 Club), the Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger with the cheese embedded inside the meat patty rather than sitting on top. It’s crazy good, and it’s inspired a cocktail of the same name. This is a winterized variation on the original, with smoky mezcal and spicy ginger beer balancing sweet pineapple juice in a delicious medley.

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