Target Field in April just got a lot warmer, aided by nearby bars with these heat-you-up drinks.
Illustration: Eddie Thomas Star Tribune
The boys of summer are set to take Target Field on Monday, kicking off a season of sunshine and bleacher-seat boozin’. The only catch: In these parts, winter is slow to unclench its frosty fist.
But we’re blizzard-braving Minnesotans. We shrug off single-digit temperatures and de-ice our cars without a wince. We won’t let a little cold air spoil the Twins home opener (right?).
Hot days and cold beers are in our future. Until then, these bars near the ballpark have some drinks capable of warming you up before or after a chilly day of cheering for the hometown team.
Irish Cream Coffee at Kieran’s Irish Pub
This classic coffee drink is a perfect day-starter for Monday’s matinee. While still a simple mixed drink, Kieran’s version bests your run-of-the-mill spiked cup of Joe, as the pregame hotspot makes its own better-than-Baileys Irish cream in-house (hey, Folliard, start bottling this!). The luscious liqueur could work straight or over ice, but joins with the java and a faintly cinnamony whipped cream topping (also house-made) in a warm, cushiony glass of liquid comfort.
85 6th St. N., Mpls., 612-339-4499
Linie Aquavit mulled cider at Bradstreet Craftshouse
An artisan cocktail joint may not be the most natural environs for jersey-sporting jocks, but a steamy, Grade-A elixir on a glacial game day is universally enticing. Bradstreet offers several hot drinks, including a trio of mulled ciders mixed with an orange cordial, Antica vermouth and different base liquors. Minnesotans looking to embrace their Scandinavian heritage might try the Linie Aquavit option, a Norwegian-made spirit with a soft licorice-y flavor that isn’t offensive like Jägermeister.
601 N. 1st Av., Mpls., 612-312-1821
Sinful Cider at the Local
This Nicollet Mall tavern, too, boasts a signature cider. More soothing than “sinful,” this belly-warmer calls for a cinnamon-infused 2 Gingers, hot apple cider and a touch of brown sugar. The sweetened whiskey blends with the cider so silkily you could serve it to a child (but don’t). It’s the kind of drink you want drawn from a kettle by your Irish grandpa while snowed in at a remote cabin. Or, you know, before an April baseball game.
931 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-904-1000
Bourbon flights at Butcher & the Boar
Smuggling a flask into a cold-weather sporting event is a time-honored (if somewhat tacky) tradition. A nip of the sauce might help in coping with the cold, but rather than being that guy, don your whiskey Teflon at Butcher & the Boar. The benevolent bourbon hounds have assembled a variety of flights for the three-pronged whistle-whetting. Optimize the liquor-layering sensation by aiming high (proof, that is).
1121 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-238-8888