Hell's Kitchen introduces Craft Cocktail Wednesdays
If you're looking for a new way to get over the midweek hump, Hell's Kitchen has recently created a new option. Hopping on the same bandwagon as other major Twin Cities restaurants, Hell's Kitchen is invading the craft cocktail scene: From 9 p.m. until close every Wednesday night, you can head down to the restaurant's back bar and experience Craft Cocktail Wednesday.
Hell's Kitchen's creates cocktails personally designed for each patron
The way it works is fairly simple: The bartender asks you what kind of cocktails you usually like, then puts together a cocktail especially for you, using an arsenal of homemade bitters, syrups, and liquor infusions.
Me, I'm a bourbon guy. More specifically, a bourbon
A more usual Manhattan
Manhattan guy. Based on those two preferences, I received two distinctly different yet delicious cocktails. The first was a crazy concoction of Makers Mark, balsamic simple syrup, basil leaves, and crushed Szechuan red pepper. The result was a sweet, sour, herbaceous cocktail with just a touch of heat in the background. The other cocktail was a combination of Benedictine, Makers Mark, Overholt Rye, chocolate bitters, Angostura bitters, and egg white, topped with a few cute drops of Peychaud's bitters. The shake-like cocktail was thick, rich, and a really good post-dinner dessert drink, although perhaps not my drink of choice for general cocktail consumption.
Craft Cocktail Wednesdays at Hell's Kitchen also feature local DJs playing chilled-out music to match the low-key ambiance of the evening. A warning, though: Craft Cocktail Wednesdays are a labor of love and hosted by one bartender. If you go and there are more than a few people, it might take a little while to get a drink. But if you're willing to let the bartender experiment on you, the crafty cocktails will only run you $6 a pop. It's hard to argue with that. In addition to the cocktails and the DJs, you also have access to Hell's Kitchen's serious late-night menu, which features dishes like cheap, gigantic wings, chicken-and-biscuit sandwiches, and fried lobster rolls.