How to make the perfect Manhattan [RECIPE]

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Joy Summers
The Manhattan

It's a drink as classic as the Big Apple skyline and as seductive as Don Draper. When made properly, the Manhattan, a mix of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, is a delightful balance of powerful spirit, a blush of sweetness, and an invigorating smack of herbal bitterness. 

Although popular belief suggests that this cocktail was first created at the Manhattan Supper Club in the 1870s, it's possible that it dates back even further. It's also one of the few drinks that sailed through Prohibition and came through repeal tasting just as good as it ever had. Again, we bellied up to the bar with drink mix master Shawn Jones of Parlour to discuss the classic, the twists on the classic, and whiskey.

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Homemade "poptails" aplenty: A frozen, Fourth-ready drink of the week on a stick

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Michelle Leon
Fight for your right to booze up your popsicle this Fourth of July

By now you've got the brats, you've got the best cheap beer in America, and back up propane on deck for today's patriotic festivities; if not, get a move on. While you're breaking a sweat prepping for the party, let's talk boozy popsicles, or "poptails": the best way to imbibe on a hot day such as this. And after all, this is Minnesota, where popular opinion holds if whatever you're consuming ain't on a stick, you're doing it wrong. These adults-only freezes are the perfect way to celebrate in a grown up way that harkens the Fourth of our youths -- stained tongues and all. With our roundup of recipes, you can have a batch in the freezer now and ready to slurp by sundown's first firework.


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Pickled trout: Eat like a Scandinavian

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Michelle Leon
The freshest pickled trout.
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Homemade aquavit

Since we created a homemade variation of traditional aquavit last week (and in honor of this week's City Pages cover story on Scandinavian cuisine) we thought you might dig a Nordic appetizer that highlights those aquavit herbal notes. Starting with a basic recipe for pickled herring, we gave this a regional tweak by using sparkling fresh trout from Star Prairie Trout Farms.

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DIY-on-the-Fly: Homemade aquavit

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Michelle Leon
Skol!

In Latin, the phrase aqua vitae translates to the "the water of life"--hence the name aquavit, a Scandinavian spirit that is full of life and vigor, and so easy to make at home. Fragrant with caraway, spice, and citrus, this infused vodka makes a lovely digestif or a fine accompaniment to pickled or cured fish.

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How to brew iced coffee at home [RECIPE]

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Chill out! Make your own iced coffee concentrate
The hot accessory for summer is a mason jar filled with craft-brewed iced coffee. Many of our favorite coffee shops are now selling growlers of their iced brew. The only drawback is that they take the DIY satisfaction out of the brew process (not to mention, some of these options are a bit steep in price).  To learn how to make our own iced coffee, we reached out to Gordon Bellaver of Bull Run Coffee Bar. He responded with not one but two recipes. Both require a bit of specialty equipment, but the taste and self-serving satisfaction are worth the investment.

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Create Halloween blood and gore in your kitchen: Here's how

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A few of Etoll's ghastly creations
​Filmmaker Mike Etoll knows a little something about blood and guts, having made the movie Sewer Baby and videos for bands like the Meat Puppets on the tightest of budgets. Etoll, who is also the creator of The Butcher Shop House of Gore, shared a few of his most grisly Halloween recipes with items found in the kitchen (cue the scary laughter).


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Make your own hard cider: Here's how

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Steve Neuharth
Later, you can drink your basement cider fancy, like this.
If you have ever wanted to homebrew but were afraid of the fail-factor, starting with hard cider is a swell way to ease into the game. You don't need expensive equipment, the recipes are simple, and with an extra-long season this year, the apple harvest is extra fine. And most of us will need plenty of cider to get us through the long winter.

Here's what you do:

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Canning 101: hot bath tomatoes

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Can you can? Of course you can.
As the tomato harvest reaches it zenith, many of us are asking ourselves, What am I going to do with all of these? We know canning is an intimidating prospect, but a simple hot water bath method is an ideal way to preserve your tomatoes at the peak of their goodness. Here are simple instructions for a beginning canner. More »

Mussels 101

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A.J. Olmscheid
Mastering mollusks

When we landlocked Minnesotans have a hankering for seafood, we're lucky enough to have the guys at Coastal Seafoods to consult. When I needed to learn about mussels to better judge this week's food fight, I turned to Coastal Seafoods' general manager, Tim Lauer, for a quick mollusk primer. Here's what he has to say about when mussels are in seasonal and how best to prepare them.

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Make your own watermelon popsicles!

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You know you want one.
Nothing is as good in the summer as a frozen icy treat. And when you can make your own with just a few simple ingredents, life is extra sweet. Here's how to create popsicles so home-style you won't be surprised to see bluebirds land on your fingertips.

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