Drinks

Improving one’s health is the quintessential New Year’s resolution. Local holistic health guru Jodi McKee has a recipe for aspiring health-nuts in 2018: It’s a comforting classic—hot chocolate—with a twist. The secret ingredient? A mushroom called chaga. Don’t let the weirdness stop you.

It goes without saying that the competition is stiff in the local beer scene. Lake-area residents—and our city-dwelling neighbors, too—can choose from an ever-expanding list of quality breweries and taprooms when they’d like a fresh, local pint.

The story of Bootleg begins in the clubhouse at a country club on Lake Minnetonka, during Prohibition. A group of friends finished a round of golf and indulged in the newly crafted beverage.

While everyone has their own tastes and preferences, there are a few themes to consider as you’re choosing springtime wine for meals and gatherings this season.

Eggnog is always a hit around the table during the holiday season, but it can sometimes feel a little predictable. Switch it up this year and impress your family, friends and guests with some new beverages.

Jerry Blakey, a past member of the St. Paul City Council, opened Lowertown Wine & Spirits in 2004, bringing a well-curated selection of specialty spirits, local wines and hard-to-find beers to the Lowertown neighborhood.

Jerry Blakey, a past member of the St. Paul City Council, opened Lowertown Wine & Spirits in 2004, bringing a well-curated selection of specialty spirits, local wines and hard-to-find beers to the Lowertown neighborhood.

Greg Varner, owner of Excelsior Vintage, opened his boozy utopia in 2001, specializing in craft beer and unique spirits—but his first passion is wine.

If beer isn’t your thing—or if you’re just tired of hearing about it at this time of year—we’ve got seasonal wine picks from John Farrell, vice president of sales and merchandising for Haskell’s.

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