I haven't had the best of luck with most pre-mixed cocktails.  By best of luck, I mean that I have spent a stupid amount of money over the years on them, and have usually been disappointed.  So it's pretty much been like spending money on insurance.

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On my way home the other night, I stopped in to Belknap Liquor to pick up a bottle of something for myself.  With bourbon on the brain, I ended up walking out with a bottle of Tattersall Old Fashioned.  I picked up this particular bottle before knowing what it was, and when I checked the back label, saw the word "Minnesota".

While I currently reside legally in Wisconsin, I identify as from Minnesota too, as that's where I spent most of my life and where I was born.  The label said "Made from 100% Minnesota-grown rye and aged in charred American White Oak barrels, then blended with Tattersall Sour Cherry Liqueur, bitters, sugar and orange".  That pretty much sealed the deal.  I poured it over ice like the label told me to do, and then went in for my first sip.  It's good for a pre-mix, though as everyone likes their cocktails a certain way, it was a little too bitter for my taste right out of the gate.  Mellowing with the ice for a few minutes cured that for my taste buds though, so don't let that scare you away.  While it's a little ways away from being a bar made Old Fashioned, it's up there for the pre-mixed cocktails that I've had.  It's one that I'll actually consider keeping in the cabinet for an easy after-work cocktail.

If you want to take this Minnesota made pre-mix to the next level add a Filthy Cherry, or maybe that and a little bit of the juice to your drink.  It's worth check out at least if you're a fan of Old Fashioned cocktails.  You can find out more about Tattersall, their Minneapolis location, and the soon to be open River Falls, WI location HERE.

Herbs That Grow Best In The Northland

While flower gardening produces plants that look beautiful and vegetable and fruit gardening results in an ample harvest of produce, there is one gardening type that often gets overlooked - especially in our part of the country: herb gardens. While its true that some types of herbs don't grow so well in our cold climate, there are others that do grow quite well. Here's a look.