Four Roses Bourbon, El Maestro Sierra Sherry, Maple Syrup, House Coffee Pecan Bitters $12
This Old Fashioned-style cocktail is named after John O’Connor, Saint Paul’s Chief of Police in the early 1900s. Also known as “the Smiling Peacekeeper” to local of cials, O’Connor made an agreement with known criminals, which created a safe haven for them in Saint Paul on three conditions: they had to check in with local law enforcement, pay bribes to city of cials, and not commit any major crimes while in the city. O’Connor retired the same year Prohibition went into effect, but his agreement made Saint Paul a hotspot for
many a notorious bootlegger throughout Prohibition.
Dr. Moran’s Cure All
Twin Spirits Vodka, DuNord Apple Spirit, St. Elder Elderflower Liqueur, House Sour, Green Chartreuse, Rose Water $13
Dr. Joseph P. Moran was a Prohibition-era physician. Not only did he treat many famous gangsters of the era, but he was also a peripheral member of the Karpis-Barker Gang. He was most likely the last person to attempt to treat a mortally wounded John Dillinger, and so successfully removed Alvin Karpis’ fingerprints that the gangster later had a difficult time obtaining a passport. This rejuvenating cocktail with oral and citrus notes will cure what ails you.
The Empire Builder
Miller & Saints Barrel-Aged Gin, Amaro Montenegro, Dry Vermouth, Grapefruit Bitters $12
This twist on the classic martini is named after one of Saint Paul’s favorite sons, railroad tycoon and educational philanthropist James J. Hill. Mr. Hill not only connected much of the upper Midwest with the Pacific Northwest via his Great Northern Railroad and subsidiary railways, he also brought with his trains the people and commerce to populate the land along his railway tracks.
The Last Bradford
Prairie Cucumber Vodka, Aperol, House Rhubarb Liqueur, Lime, Black Peppercorn $12
The Bradford was once the most popular watermelon varietal produced in the deep South. It was so coveted that 19th century growers used poison or electrocuting wires to thwart potential thieves, in addition to simply standing guard with guns in the thick of night. This cocktail was inspired by the luscious and refreshing avors of this now nearly forgotten watermelon.
The Fall of Vraalstad
Gamle Ode Dill Aquavit, Dolin Blanc, Elderflower, Letherbee BËSK, Grapefruit Zest $12
We can thank Minnesota’s own Andrew Volstead, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1903-1923, for bringing us the era of Prohibition. While it is possible that his Norwegian immigrant family was already anti-alcohol
(a temperance society existed in Norway as early as 1840) the Vraalstad clan would at the very least have been
familiar with the herbal and oral notes of this Scandinavian-themed aperitif cocktail.
Cedar Ridge Single Malt Whiskey, Barrow’s Intense Ginger, Lemon, Ancho Reyes Liqueur, House Creole Bitters $13
This cocktail is named for the dominantly African American St. Paul neighborhood that was erased in the mid-1950s to make room for the I-94 corridor. More than 600 African-American families sadly lost their homes to the freeway build-out. The Rondo Neighborhood was originally named for an immigrant named Joseph Rondeau, who moved to the area after leaving a spot close to Fort Snelling because of discrimination his wife faced for being part white and part Indigenous. The drink is a spicy and nuanced version of a classic scotch & ginger sour known as the penicillin: our cure for the common cocktail.
Summit Hill Sting
Tierras Reposado Tequila, Mezcal Sacri cio, Lemon, Honey, Yellow Chartreuse, House Smoked Lemon Bitters $13
The Bee’s Knees was a cocktail made popular during prohibition. The term was prohibition-era slang for “the Best”, and the drink consisted of gin, lemon, and honey. Citrus juice and sweeteners such as honey were commonly used
in drinks of the era to mask the imperfections of homemade sprits, a.k.a. “bathtub gin.” Our version is a lighthearted twist on the original, incorporating agave spirits in place of gin.
This Side of Paradise
Plantation 3-Star Silver Rum, Tattersall Orange Crema, Pineapple, Lime, House Orgeat Syrup, Luxardo Liqueur $11
This rum drink, inspired by the classic Mai Tai, tastes like a touch of the islands, dropped right here in the heart of Saint Paul. Perhaps we aren’t quite in paradise, but summer in Minnesota falls just on this side of it. This tropical sipper is named after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, the success of which helped gain him Zelda’s hand in marriage.