The Rogue at Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group: This drink of the week is a real deviant

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The Rogue skips off the beaten path with an unlikely but totally likeable booze combo.

The Rogue
Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group
$11

Sometimes, going where everybody knows your name is overrated. Maybe a little anonymity is what you're after, in a busy scene with bright colors, big screens, and strong drinks. Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group embraces its chipper blend of futuristic kitsch and serves fun, outrageously flavored beverages that don't take themselves too seriously. Go rogue, with this appropriately named cocktail for your new off-the-grid persona. Perhaps nobody knows your name, but after one or two of these fruity numbers, you might be more willing to share.

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Obregon at Sonora Grill: We're warm weather dreaming with this drink of the week

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Equal parts sweet and spicy, Sonora Grill's peppery take on the margarita warms our stone cold hearts.

Obregon
Sonora Grill
$8

After the polar vortex finished unleashing its misery upon us and returned to the frozen hell from whence it came, we went outside and cried tears of happiness that, for the first time in what felt like eternity, did not turn to ice crystals halfway down our faces. This was a moment to be celebrated, and quickly, before the weather gods noticed we were only wearing one layer of pants. Seize any and all breaks in the season with an Obregon at Sonora Grill.

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Reverse Bloody Mary at Tilia: A build-your-own drink of the week


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Reverse Bloody Mary at Tilia: A build-your-own drink of the week

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Pick your poison, from a faint blush to a deep red, with Tilia's build your own Reverse Bloody Mary.

Reverse Bloody Mary
Tilia
$8

Life, it's full of choices. Sometimes too many choices, like that time we found a Bloody Mary bar with not one or two but over twenty different styles of tomato-based bottled mix, not counting hot sauces. When it comes time to pare down and simplify, try Tilia on for size. With its short but well-stocked menu and tidy but wonderful beer and wine lists, any choice you make will likely result in a positive experience. The Reverse Bloody Mary, in the absence of hard liquor or a banquet table's worth of garnishes, is beautiful in its utter simplicity.

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Salt of the Earth at Fuji Ya: Keep some resolutions with this drink of the week

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Salt of the Earth at Fuji Ya: Keep some resolutions with this drink of the week

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The Salt of the Earth is a cocktail that thinks outside the bento box.

The Salt of the Earth
Fuji Ya
$9

While the overzealous are busy piling on the resolutions and cutting out indulgences cold turkey, savvy sippers around the Cities can keep their New Year's promises by sticking to the motto "everything in moderation." Instead of the usual beer, burger, and fries, pare things down at Fuji Ya with some sleek and slim sushi, and the Salt of the Earth, a strange and savory cocktail made with so many "healthy" ingredients you can safely justify the booze a mere two days in to your 2014 cleanse.

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A Bitter Winter at Meritage: Gift yourself with this drink of the week

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Homemade Tom & Jerry: A drink of the week for the homebound

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Curl up (by the fire, or into a ball in the corner, depending) with a piping hot mug of vintage holiday cheer.

When it comes down to the brass tacks of spending the holidays at your childhood home, let's face it: It's not all decking the halls in your finest gay apparel, caroling, and carrying on. It's also soul-crushing traffic, tiny twin beds, or struggling to wrap anything other than a square box (we still don't get it). For this, and for the good times, let's create something decadent and full of booze to mark the passing of this crazy season. From the comfort of your parent's living room, enjoy a homemade take on the classic Tom & Jerry.

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A Bitter Winter at Meritage: Gift yourself with this drink of the week

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Savor the true reason for the season with this wintery cocktail.

A Bitter Winter
Meritage
$12

Only five shopping days left, and you know what that means: cocktails! That's right, step away from the picked-over sale rack and into Saint Paul's Meritage, where you can enjoy a superbly made drink while blithely ignoring all of your holiday obligations. Banish all thoughts of stocking stuffers and seating arrangements and unwind in the warm glow of this elegant French brasserie, sipping slowly on A Bitter Winter.

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Almond Chai Hot Toddy at Amore Victoria: Melt cares away with this drink of the week

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Almond Chai Hot Toddy at Amore Victoria: Melt cares away with this drink of the week

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Fend off Old Man Winter's icy grip when you wrap your hands around this spicy toddy.

Almond Chai Hot Toddy
Amore Victoria
$9 ($7 during happy hour)

With temperatures plummeting below zero, the weather is practically daring you to go out once the sun goes down. Don't let weather win! Skate your way down the sidewalk to a dimly lit Italian bistro, preferably one with a healthy dose of quaint rustic-chic decor and Frank Sinatra crooning over the speakers to melt your stone-cold heart. Amore Victoria fits the bill, with warm service, a warm seat by the bar (no small feat), and a hand-crafted warm drink like the Almond Chai Hot Toddy to give you a much needed respite from the land of 10,000 slid-through stop signs and wind chill advisories whipping outside the door.

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Bluegrass Beer at Mason's: A bourbon-laced, blizzard-proof drink of the week


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Bluegrass Beer at Mason's: A bourbon-laced, blizzard-proof drink of the week

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Magic happens when bourbon and dark beer mingle in a mason jar.

Bluegrass Beer
Mason's Restaurant & Barre
$8

'Twas the first snowstorm of the season, and all through downtown, people scurried to find a stiff drink to down.

So was the case when we stumbled, frozen and stiff-legged, into Mason's Restaurant & Barre. Sitting on the corner of 6th and Hennepin, flanked by the flashier, pricier behemoths typical of this entertainment alley, this upstart eatery was a welcome respite. Warmly lit exposed brick, muted natural colors and wood, and a plethora of items in mason jars made for a cozy introduction, but the bar, with its love seat for two, sleek wood paneling (from the dearly departed 400 Bar), and hearty beer cocktails sealed the deal.

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Cabot's 2nd Voyage at the Mill Northeast: A drink of the week that's worth exploring


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Cabot's 2nd Voyage at the Mill Northeast: A drink of the week that's worth exploring

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Venture into uncharted territory with this inventive cider cocktail.

Cabot's 2nd Voyage
The Mill Northeast
$8

Walk in to the otherwise sparse space at The Mill Northeast, and you can't help but gravitate towards the bar. With old-school built-in wooden shelving and an impressive array of bottles from the familiar to the obscure, the set-up provides an inviting pop of color and the promise of a good, stiff drink. The bartenders are relaxed, approachable, methodical, handling with ease everything from their vintage-looking cut crystal mixing pitchers to questions from curious diners. The Mill's cocktail list is eclectic and calls upon classic recipes in new ways, but the standout of the bunch was Cabot's 2nd Voyage, "a kind of, sort of, but not really, Johnny Jump Up," says the Mill's Ryley Gahagan.

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Not Doing Jack in the Morning at the Rabbit Hole: Hit snooze for this drink of the week

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Not Doing Jack in the Morning at the Rabbit Hole: Hit snooze for this drink of the week

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This potent combo of Jack and Fernet all but guarantees you'll be sleeping in.

Not Doing Jack in the Morning
The Rabbit Hole
$9

The Rabbit Hole opens up to a hip, fantastical world; this new space is dark and mysterious enough to feel nestled deep underground, not annexed to the bright and cheery Midtown Global Market. This is a place where cocktails flow from the tap alongside rare craft beers, and around every nook and cranny there's a secret spot to duck into and imbibe. If you can find the Rabbit Hole (head down 10th and skirt around to the side entrance), order the Not Doing Jack in the Morning, and tumble headlong into this creative cocktail list.

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