Virtual Happy Hour: Volume 4 with Kara Smith

It’s the fourth week of Live from France 44: Virtual Happy Hour! Tune into France 44’s Instagram, Facebook, or Zoom (see below) for a live Happy Hour cocktail demo with Kara Smith of P.S. Steak and Parlour on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00pm.

WHAT: Virtual Happy Hour with Kara Smith

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00pm

WHERE: Your house! (with a live feed hookup from the France 44 Classroom)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Make sure you have all the ingredients on hand for the cocktail(s) you’ll be making along with Kara. Then, find us on Instagram (@france_44), Facebook (@france44mpls), or the Zoom login below at 6pm next Wednesday and join in on our live feed. Easy!

ZOOM LOGIN: ID: 713-380-5554 | PW: PSSteak

Kara will be showing you how to make two different cocktails using some of our favorite local products. Try one, or try both! Here are the ingredients that you’ll need on hand to make drinks along with Kara next Wednesday:

SCULPTURE GARDENS

Add all ingredients (except tonic) in a small shaker, add ice, shake, and strain into a Collins glass. Top with tonic. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Alternatively, this drink can be built and amalgamated.

BITTER OLD FASHIONED

Add all ingredients in a rocks glass. Stir well and pour over a large MN Pure & Clear Ice rock. Garnish with an orange peel. 

Virtual Happy Hour: Volume 3 with Adam Witherspoon

It’s the third week of Live from France 44: Virtual Happy Hour! Tune into France 44’s Instagram, Facebook, or Zoom (see below) for a live Happy Hour cocktail demo with Adam Witherspoon of Martina on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00pm.

WHAT: Virtual Happy Hour with Adam Witherspoon

WHEN: Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00pm

WHERE: Your house! (with a live feed hookup from the France 44 Classroom)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Make sure you have all the ingredients on hand for the cocktail(s) you’ll be making along with Adam. Then, find us on Instagram (@france_44), Facebook (@france44mpls), or the Zoom login below at 6pm next Wednesday and join in on our live feed. Easy!

ZOOM LOGIN: ID: 713-380-5554 | PW: 3leche

Adam will be showing you how to make two different cocktails using some of our favorite local products. Try one, or try both! Here are the ingredients that you’ll need on hand to make drinks along with Adam next Wednesday:

GOLD RUSH

  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 20ml honey syrup (equal parts raw honey and 1:1 simple syrup)
  • 50ml J Carver Straight Bourbon
  • 2″ MN Pure & Clear Ice rock

Add all ingredients in a small shaker (optional to throw in the peel of a lemon to extract the oils while shaking), add ice, shake, double strain into a rocks glass, add MN Pure & Clear rock ice, and serve.

BOOTLEGGER

  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 10ml lime juice
  • 25ml simple syrup
  • 50ml Lawless Greenway Gin
  • 75ml Fever Tree Club Soda
  • 6-8 mint leaves

Add all ingredients in a small shaker. Add seltzer to shaker, and double strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with a mint bouquet.

Virtual Happy Hour: Volume 2 with Ian Lowther

Join us for our second Live from France 44: Virtual Happy Hour! Tune into France 44’s Instagram, Facebook, or Zoom (see below) for a live Happy Hour cocktail demo with Ian Lowther of Red Cow on Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00pm.

WHAT: Virtual Happy Hour with Ian Lowther

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00pm

WHERE: Your house! (with a live feed hookup from the France 44 Classroom)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Make sure you have all the ingredients on hand for the cocktail(s) you’ll be making along with Ian. Then, find us on Instagram (@france_44), Facebook (@france44mpls), or the Zoom login below at 6pm next Wednesday and join in on our live feed. Easy!

ZOOM LOGIN: ID: 713-380-5554 | PW: REDCOW44

Ian will be showing you how to make two different Red Cow favorite cocktails using some of our favorite local products. Try one, or try both! Here are the base spirits that you’ll need on hand to make drinks along with Ian next Wednesday:

RED COW OLD FASHIONED

  • 0.5oz Syrup/Bitters mixture (buy at Red Cow)
  • 2.5oz Roknar Rye

Add ice and stir. Peel an orange with a knife or vegetable peeler and express over the cocktail.

STRAWBERRY FRESNO MARGARITA

  • 2oz Strawberry Fresno Mix (buy at Red Cow)
  • 1oz Tattersall Orange Crema
  • 2oz Altos Blanco (or Reposado)

Shake with ice until cold. Pour into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Virtual Happy Hour: Volume 1 with Dan Oskey

We’re pulling out the big guns for our very first Live from France 44: Virtual Happy Hour. Tune into France 44’s Instagram or Facebook for a live Happy Hour cocktail demo with Dan Oskey of Tattersall Distilling on Wednesday, May 6th at 5:00pm.

WHAT: Virtual Happy Hour with Dan Oskey

WHEN: Wednesday, May 6th at 5:00pm

WHERE: Your house! (with a live feed hookup from the France 44 Classroom)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Make sure you have all the ingredients on hand for the cocktail(s) you’ll be making along with Dan. Then, find us on Instagram (@france_44) or Facebook (@france44mpls) at 5pm next Wednesday and join in on our live feed. Easy!

ZOOM LOGIN: ID: 713-380-5554 | PW: TS5620

Dan will be showing you how to make three different cocktails using Tattersall’s Salty Dog Grapefruit Vodka as the base. Try one, or try them all! Here’s what you’ll need on hand to make them along with Dan next Wednesday:

HOPPY DOG

  • Tattersall Salty Dog
  • Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher (or soda, flavored soda, ipa, sour beer)
  • Lime wedge

MONGREL MARGARITA

  • Mezcal (or Tequila)
  • Tattersall Salty Dog
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Agave Syrup
  • Lime wedge

TEACHER’S PET

  • Tattersall Salty Dog
  • Tattersall Crème de Fleur
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Dry Sparkling Wine
  • Rosemary sprig

*For all cocktails, you’ll also need a shaker tin and plenty of ice.

We made a new liquor staff make peanut butter cocktails. Here’s what happened.

Fireball has dominated the raucous party scene and image for decades now. Well, a new contender has come on the market with a new flavor: Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey. And honestly, it’s not that bad.

We have asked ourselves why this exists (and why so many more are going to be coming to market in the coming year), but we are not moral busybodies concerned about what’s being created and why; we want to embrace the new flavor whiskey trend and see what we can do with it. Skrewball makes a fun replacement for your classic old fashioned or Manhattan, but we wanted to try something a little different.

So, we tasked a new liquor staffer with creating cocktails out of this peanut-butter-newkomer and different cordials at the tasting bar. We tried everything: chocolate, berry, cold brew, bourbon cream–we left no concoction outside of our reach. While many failed miserably, we were able to create a few cocktails that pair great with your Friday night party or Saturday morning brunch. What follows is what the bright-eyed young mixologist discovered.

 

The Lunch Shot

LUNCH SHOT

2 parts Skrewball: 1 part Jahiot Crème de Cassis. Chase with Wonder white bread.

Naturally, the first idea we had with peanut butter was a classic elementary school memory: the PB&J sandwich. Jahiot Crème de Cassis has a nice deep black currant flavor and a thicker consistency. 2 parts whiskey to one part cassis, mix well, and you have a sweet and nutty delight. Chase with a piece of Wonder white bread if you feel so inclined.

 

Brekkie in a Glass

BREKKIE IN A GLASS

1 part Skrewball: 1 part Du Nord Cafe Frieda Coffee Liqueur

Originally thinking chocolate or cocoa nib would pair well for a Reese’s drink, we found the bitter coffee flavor from Du Nord Café Frieda Coffee Liqueur actually creates a nice contrast from the sweeter peanut butter flavor. Presuming you have no commitments on your Saturday morning, this would be the perfect way to start a carefree Saturday after a week of kale salads and bulletproof coffee you have been choking down for your New Year’s resolution.

 

The Elvis Presley

ELVIS PRESLEY

2 parts Skrewball: 1 part Crème de Banane: 2 dashes Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

Without question, the best cocktail we found. Going for a banana peanut butter pancake, we found this sweet and delectable cocktail was something we could not stop falling in love with. With virtually no alcohol flavor, this is a fun way to start a Friday night before dancing in your blue suede shoes. Garnish with a piece of bacon and the fat taste with the sweet treat will have you saying thank you, thank you very much.

 

Lambrusco for Lovers

Ah, Lambrusco! No longer the sappy-sweet swill of college parties, this infinitely food- and wallet-friendly wine from Italy’s Emiliga-Romana region has seen an explosion of new, stylish bottlings in the past couple years. The most recent addition to our shelf at France 44 is “Pomposa”–a traditional, red Lambrusco from the good folks at the Canti di Carpi e Sorbana co-operative. Regular customers will know this winemaking operation, which has a history stretching back over 100 years, from their ever-popular (and sleekly labelled) “Piazza Grande” sparkling rosé. Darker, richer, and altogether more food-oriented, “Pomposa” is an elegant riff on the best parts of Lambrusco, featuring a core of dark berries wrapped in bright, effervescent bubbles and finishing with lip-smacking acidity and just-enough sweetness. The perfect pairing for the Cheese Shop’s Valentine’s board, this heart-colored wine is the perfect finishing touch for a night with your sweetie this week.

Canti di Carpi Pomposa – $13.99

Pay it 44ward!

We’re grateful for the support we’ve received throughout our 60 years in business so we’re designating October #PayIt44Ward Month. Each week for four weeks, we’ll highlight a different charitable partner. We hope you’ll join us in learning about and supporting these incredible local organizations!

How It Works:

Every Monday, we’ll send an email highlighting the charitable partner of the week to introduce who they are and what they do. And here’s how YOU can participate:

  • Club 44 members can donate their points from each purchase to the weekly non-profit by putting a copy of their receipt in white boxes at each register (and in the Cheese Shop). France 44 will match the total number of points donated, up to $1,000 earned (500 points = $25 donated). And on top of that, the non-profit that gets the highest number of donations (i.e., number of receipts donated) will get an additional $1,000.
  • Non-club members can sign up for Club 44 and $10 of their membership fee will go to the non-profit of the week.
  • Anyone can make donations of $5, $10, or $25 increments at the register, added to their purchase.

Appetite For Change: October 7-13

Appetite for Change (“AFC”) uses food as a tool for building health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. AFC is a community-led organization that strengthens families, creates economic prosperity, and encourages healthy living. 

Headed by the communities of North Minneapolis and co-founders Princess Titus, Michelle Horovitz and LaTasha Powell, AFC offers a wide range of programs to bring communities together around food. Breaking Bread Café & Catering is a community driven eatery focused on increasing healthy food and community engagement in North Minneapolis. Kindred Kitchen is a social enterprise of AFC, connecting their community of locally-based food businesses to high quality commercial kitchen space and food-focused business technical services. Learn about all of AFC’s programs HERE.

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