PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen
Mauro Ramirez @ Crooked Pint Ale House
Crooked Pint is one the newer restaurants to hit the Fargo-Moorhead area. Taking the space that once belonged to the Green Mill, the restaurant 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 is far from franchise style. A hand-crafted menu of food and drinks set this new restaurant apart from other new locales in the region.
Give us your bartending journey. Where did you start and how did you get here?
I actually didn’t start as a bartender. I was a bouncer, I did security for the Pickled Parrot, but then I worked my way up into bartending there. I decided to then branch out here because of the selection available. The wide tap selection we have here, especially the scotches and whiskeys because I love whiskey. So I’m just not as limited on the things I can use in drinks.
What has been the trend with regulars in terms of drinks? What drinks are you making the most on a given night?
It’s actually kind of funny because we are a new place, but the space isn’t new. As a matter of fact, a lot of our regulars were regulars when this was still the Green Mill, so that’s kind of interesting. As for the most popular drinks, it’s actually just a simple scotch neat. I think that is because of how many scotch selections we have compared to other places.
The whiskey sour can be done so many different ways, what is different about the whiskey sour you made here?
My spin on it is instead of using a lemon-lime sour mix, mine is just lime sour. From that, I add a little bit of strawberry puree, which isn’t common. I combine all of that with a little bit of soda water. You get more of the sour with just the lime which kind of sets mine apart from other ones. It’s a nice refreshing drink.
Since you love whiskey, what other experimentations are you doing with the whiskey at Crooked Pint?
I’m trying to experiment with whiskey and tequila a lot. It goes well with lime flavors because lime compliments both of those so well already. So whenever I am making a whiskey drink (or tequila drink), I always wonder how it’ll taste with a little bit of tequila (or whiskey) added in. That is kind of what I have been tinkering with a bit.
1.5 oz Templeton Rye Whiskey
2 oz Lime Sour
0.5 oz Strawberry Syrup
Crooked Pint Ale House
3340 13th Ave S, Fargo
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