Photos by Hillary Ehlen, J. Alan Paul Photography and Nicole Midwest Photography
Each month this year, we invited one of our area’s finest mixologists from the local bar and restaurant scene to share with us a fine concoction. As 2018 comes to a close, we invite you to look back at all these featured drink experts and the mixtures they made for us. Cheers!
January: John Rian
Rhombus Guys, 606 Main Ave., Fargo
As Billy Joel once famously sang, “John at the bar is a friend of mine.” In January we learned about John Rian and his Scandinavian style of cocktail making. This “Phantastic” mixture he made for us is backed up with just the right amount of citrus to stop the heat of some of Rhombus Guys’ spicier pizzas. The combination of pizza and a beer is irreplaceable, and this beer-tail comes packed with a little something different than your standard brew.
- 1 ½ oz. Deep Eddy Ruby Red grapefruit vodka
- ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz. honey syrup
- Rhombus Guys Brewery Phantom IPA
- Slice of grapefruit
February: Cullen Ross
Pub West, 3140 Bluestem Dr., West Fargo
Instead of a regular cocktail, bartender Cullen Ross from Pub West mixed it up with a delicious shot. This “Bananas Foster” shot is a sweet and creamy taste to enjoy throughout the whole year. With whipped cream and caramel on top, this shot is essentially a whole dessert in just one gulp.
- ¼ oz. Cruzan Black Strap Rum
- ¼ oz. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
- ½ shot Stoli Vanil
- ½ shot DeKuyper Créme De Banana
- ½ shot of cream
- Whipped cream
March: Lucas Buerkley
Labby’s Grill & Bar, 1100 19th Ave. N., Fargo
An Old Fashioned is one of the most-calledfor classic drinks. Sweet and strong, an Old Fashioned never really gets old — especially with bartenders adding their own twist. Bartender Lucas Buerkley from Labby’s Grill & Bar shared his own Old Fashioned creation with us.
“Labby’s Old Fashioned”
- ⅓ oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
- ½ oz. simple syrup
- 2 dashes of Old Fashioned bitters
- 2 dashes of Cherry bitters
April: Kalcey Wike
Barcode Bar & Grill, 835 23rd Ave. E., West Fargo
Barcode is another new bar to enter the F-M scene this year. While they are young in age, they have one of the most seasoned bartenders in the Red River Valley. Kalcey Wike recently moved out to West Fargo after working at The Turf, an NDSU hot spot, for nearly two decades. Wike gave us a variation of a Lynchburg lemonade with fresh blueberries and raspberries.
- 1 part Jack Daniels
- 1 part Grape Pucker
- 1 part Raspberry Pucker
- 1 part Lemonade
May: Mauro Ramirez
Crooked Pint Ale House, 3340 13th Ave. S., Fargo
Taking the space in town that once belonged to the Green Mill, the Crooked Pint also has locations in Minnesota, South Dakota and Grand Forks as well. While it is a smaller scale franchise in the Midwest, the food and drink are far from franchise style. Bartender Mauro Ramirez shared with us his twist on a classic Whiskey Sour.
- 1 ½ oz of Templeton Rye Whiskey
- 2 oz of Lime Sour
- ½ oz of Strawberry Syrup
June: Lindsey Siverson
The Bison Turf, 1211 N. University Dr., Fargo
The Bison Turf, the ever popular NDSU student bar, burnt down in the summer of 2016 and left behind questions of if it would ever be rebuilt. After multiple “openings” that never occurred, the landmark bar finally made its return to the community, opening in May of this year. To commemorate its grand re-opening, we had their resident mixologist Lindsey Siverson make us her specialty, the Patio Pleaser.
- 1 ½ Shots of Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka
- ½ Shot of Stoli Raspberry
- ½ Shot of Sour Apple Pucker
- Splash of Cranberry
July: Megan Ward
Vinyl Taco, 520 1st Ave. N., Fargo
Vinyl Taco in Downtown Fargo has become wildly successful thanks to their perfect blending of food and drinks. Have a specific taco you love? Chances are Vinyl Taco has a drink to compliment it. We had one of their great mixologists, Megan Ward, introduce us to one of their newest beverages, an Avocado Margarita.
- Leyenda del Milagro Tequila
- Lime Juice
- Avocado Salsa
- Salt (For rim of glass)
August: Vince Kramer
Level Two Eats & Drinks in the Radisson, 201 5th St. N., Fargo
After a summer rebranding, Level Two Eats & Drinks in the Radisson introduced to us an entirely new food and drink menu for 2018. Vince Kramer shared one of the new menu features, a summery and refreshing “Strawberry Delight,” with us.
- 2 strawberries
- 2 pieces of basil
- ½ oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. Stoli strawberry vodka
- ½ lime • Sprite
September: Spencer Tate
Rosey’s Bistro, 212 Broadway N., Fargo
Spencer Tate at Rosey’s Bistro brought us a natural transition from summer to fall with his latest seasonal appropriate concoction, the “Prairie Manhattan.” Tate specializes in classic cocktails that don’t include an excess of ingredients, and he loves incorporating house-made elements to give them a personal, irreplaceable taste.
- 1 ½ oz. American Prairie Bourbon
- ½ oz. Campfire Whiskey
- ⅔ oz. Antica Vermouth
- ⅓ oz. Pineapple Syrup
- 2 dashes orange bitters
October: Mica Carter
Awake Lounge, 1410 9th St. E., Suite 501, West Fargo
Awake Lounge opened this summer but has already filled a hole in the community. Boasting different themes for each day, owner Ritchell Aboah said, “We want to give everyone a place they can come to where they can say, ‘this is for me.'” Bartender Mica Carter shared with us her favorite Halloween-inspired concoction that helps keep the nights lively.
- Blue Curacao
- Creme de Banana
- Absolut Vodka
- Green Apple Pop Rocks
November: Max Parker
Mezzaluna, 309 Roberts St. N., Fargo
Elegance feels right at home at Mezzaluna in downtown Fargo. Everything served is mindfully crafted and intentionally produced, marrying local products with a feel of big-city tastebuds. Bar manager Max Parker shared a timeless favorite of his, the whiskey-based “Irish Boxer.”
- Jamison Irish Whiskey
- Antica Sweet Vermouth
- Green Chartreuse
- Housemade Cinnamon Syrup