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CWS Drinks with Dave, Belinda and Bobby. Cheers!

Check out OUR SEGMENT on Kare11's Thanksgiving special last Saturday! So fun to be on one of my favorite Saturday shows, let along Thanksgiving.....the cookies, pies, cocktails and stuffing were phenomenal! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Here are the recipes from the show:

MinneApple Brandy Cider

The perfect entertaining batched cocktail that allows you to entertain, not stuck in the kitchen. Let this sit on the stove all day or put into a large coffee thermos to keep it hot all day for your guests.

  • 1 Gallon Pepin Height Apple Cider

  • 1 sliced orange

  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks

  • 5-8 cloves – your preference

  • 1-2 Bottles of Crooked Water MinneApple Brandy (add brandy to taste, 1 bottle is normal, or add more for a bit more bite)

  • 1/2 Bottle of Dashfire Spiced Apple Bitters or fall themed bitters of your choice

Glass: Tea Mug

Garnish: Dehydrated Apple Crisp


  • Heat 1 gallon of Pepin Heights apple cider on the stove with one sliced orange, cinnamon sticks and cloves.

  • Bring to a boil and then quickly turn the heat down to low.

  • Strain out solids if putting in a coffee warmer.

  • Add 1-1.5 bottles of 750 ml bottle of Crooked Water MinneApple Brandy

  • Add 1/2 of a bottle of Dashfire Spiced Apple bitters

  • Keep on low, as ladle servings as needed

Hint: Don’t boil with the alcohol in it or you will cook off the booze. All bitters can be found at South Lyndale Liquors and France44.

Quiet Night - from our cocktail book - for sale in our store:

A beautiful twist on the Old Fashioned, using Crooked Water Old Hell Roaring Double-Barreled Bourbon, a dash of mezcal, demerara and pure vanilla. Perfect sipping cocktail.

  • 1.5 Old hell Roaring Bourbon

  • .5 Mezcal – We recommend Del Maguey Vida – great mixing affordable mezcal

  • 2 Teaspoons of Demerara Syrup (using raw sugar)

  • 4 Dashes Orange Bitters

  • 4 Drops Pure Vanilla Extract – use a dropper.

Glass: Old Fashioned

Garnish: Orange Peel

Instruction: Express orange peel over drink, rim inside of glass. Add large rock. Build drink in glass. Garnish.

Manley's Old Fashioned:


  • 1 bottle of Manley’s Old Fashioned

  • 1 Orange

Garnish: Orange Peel, clear ice rock

Glass: Low Ball Old Fashioned

Instructions: Pour Manley’s into glass, express orange peel over drink and garnish.

Want to mix it up? Add 1oz Cold Press Espresso to 2 oz of Manley's Old Fashioned. Zip Zip Wake up!

Sun Goddess:

The last cocktail we all enjoyed at the end of the show is one of my favorite light brunch cocktails. For a party, this all can be made up to 5-10 hours before hand – just hold on the Orange La Croix/Seltzer till serving. Want it stronger? Use more of the base. Want it lighter, use more Seltzer. See how we did that? Now everyone is happy, even Uncle Joe.

Sun Goddess

¾ oz Grapefruit Juice (Kowalskis has amazing fresh squeezed)

¼ oz Fresh Lemon Juice (squeeze day of and add)

½ oz Simple Syrup

½ oz Cappelletti Aperitivo/Aperol/Campari – this is in order of less bitter to very bitter liquor. On the show, I used Cappalletti.

1 ½ oz Crooked Water Sundog Gin – Kowalskis, Target, Red Lion Liquors, France44, Ace Spirits, Haskells, North Loop Wine & Spirits, South Lyndale Liquors, etc.

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

2 oz Seltzer or Orange La Croix

Glass: Collins or preferred glass, filled with ice

Instructions: Combine ingredients in glass minus seltzer and stir for 15 sec. For a group or party, make it easy and combine all items (sans seltzer) up to 10 hours before party. When making cocktails, add seltzer to finish.

Garnish: Thyme sprigs, Orange wedge or Grapefruit peel, whatever you like and looks pretty!

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