As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.
First, let's get the important thing out of the way: In Minnesota, it is most definitely duck, duck, grey duck. There is no goose involved. Barman Jesse Held knows what's up. Not only is this cocktail perfectly made, with sweet, smoky, herbal, and citrus notes, and named for the proper game, but it's also got us up and running around the room gleefully cheering, "You're it!"
Mixed in the style of an Old Fashioned with a little creative twist, the Duck, Duck, Grey Duck is made with tequila and an Earl grey tea infusion instead of bourbon, and the whole thing is sweetened with a touch of Velvet Falernum. Garnished with a bit of orange zest, the result is filled with familiar flavors and yet seems entirely new. The spirit washes over the tongue, with a subtle sweetness and a whisper of light smoke. The tea brings sophistication with every sip, and the sunshine flavor of the orange cuts through everything before the drink threatens to turn heavy or overly herbal.
It's a beautiful blend of flavors and another example how the stable of bar talent inside this Uptown hotspot knows how to serve up an expertly crafted cocktail.
2923 Girard Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN