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Mixologist Of The Month: Max Parker at Mezzaluna

Elegance feels right at home at Mezzaluna in downtown Fargo. We talked to bar manager Max Parker about a timeless favorite of his.

Max Parker from Mezzaluna

Photos by Nicole Midwest Photography

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. We talked to bar manager Max Parker about a timeless favorite of his.

JOURNEY TO BARTENDING

I started out in the restaurant industry when I used to work in a diner in the Twin Cities, it didn’t even have a name. We just sold fried chicken and, like, 3 different sides. Once I moved up here I started at Toasted Frog hosting and bar-backing and then I worked my way up to the bar a bit, part-time. Then I moved over here to Mezzaluna full-time and I am the bar manager here now. I’ve been here at Mezzaluna a year and three months now.

ABOUT THE BARTENDING EXPERIENCE AT MEZZALUNA

As far as drinks go here, customers are very open to trying new things and getting out of their comfort zone. We definitely have a lot more fun with different flavors and the stuff we get to work with is really, really cool. Like, right now we have six or seven different Vermouths, which you don’t see a lot of. You get to mess around with those things and have a good time with it. We also have a lot of regulars here, we have 60 or 70 regulars that are in at least once a week, which is nice.

MOST POPULAR DRINKS AMONGST THE REGULARS

Definitely the Ralphattan. Ralph is one of our most notorious regulars, a retired doctor. He comes here and hangs out he’s just a cool guy.

ABOUT THIS DRINK

This is an older drink of mine that I’ve just been a big fan of since I made it, which was about 3 years ago now. It’s our Irish Boxer and it’s kind of a big, bold cocktail with a lot of flavor and a lot of different nuances.

Irish Boxer

A drink from Max Parker from Mezzaluna

  • Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Antica Sweet Vermouth
  • Green Chartreuse
  • Campari
  • Bitters
  • Housemade Cinnamon Syrup

A drink from Max Parker from Mezzaluna

Mezzaluna

309 Roberts St. N., Fargo

DineMezzaluna.com

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Alexandra Martin

Written by Alexandra Martin

Alexandra Martin is the editor of Fargo Monthly. She hails from Huntsville, Alabama, but graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with a degree in Fashion Communications. When she's not in the office, she is busy taking care of her small zoo of pets, cooking up vegetables, or listening to true-crime podcasts.

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