Food and Drink

Behind the Bar: French 75

The French 75 is a classic cocktail perfect for celebrating graduation and the semester’s end. It’s easy to make and will undoubtedly delight any celebration guests with it’s bubbles and hint of sweetness. French 75 1 ounce gin 1 ounce simple syrup 3 ounces sparkling wine or anything with bubbles 3/4 ounce lemon juice lemon twist Combine gin, simple syrup, ... Read More »

Behind the Bar: Burnt Sugar Syrup

A burnt sugar syrup is a bitter alternative to traditional simple syrup. It is best served with brown liquor, like whiskey, in drinks like an old fashioned or whiskey sour. The bitterness of the burnt sugar pairs perfectly with sour but can also be used with sweet. Burnt Sugar Syrup 2 cups sugar 1 cup water Melt sugar in a stainless ... Read More »

Behind the Bar: Cucumber Mint Gimlet

A cucumber mint gimlet is a refreshing cocktail, perfect to sip on during upcoming warm weather. While any good-quality gin can be used, Hendrick’s pairs especially well in this drink since it is flavored with cucumber, along with the standard juniper infusion. 1 1/2 ounces gin 10 mint leaves 1 two-inch cucumber slice, peeled 2 teaspoons simple syrup 1 lime, juiced ... Read More »

Taste of Wisconsin Relishes with Change

Local breweries, wineries and food producers from across the state gathered for Taste of Wisconsin on Friday, Feb. 27. The Basement Brewhaus hosted the event in the Laird Room, of the Dreyfus University Center where patrons could sample libations and socialize. Tickets sold out in record time this year, over a week in advance to the event. “I appreciate them having ... Read More »

Behind the Bar: Door County Cherry Fizz

A reminder of summer, the Door County Cherry Fizz is a simple, sweet cocktail that can be made on cold days with a bit of cherry juice. While raw egg white is scary to some, do not be afraid. It truly makes the fizz fizzy. Door County Cherry Fizz 2 ounces Maker’s Mark bourbon 1 ounce Door County cherry syrup ... Read More »

Behind the Bar: Hot Rye Bijou

Bijou, meaning “jewel” in French, is a classic cocktail traditionally made with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and green Chartreuse. This contemporary version, perfect for those last blustery winter days of snow and ice, can warm up anyone who has been in the harsh cold. Feel free to enjoy on a night during the last of Wisconsin’s snowfalls. 1 ounce ... Read More »

Best Places to Wine and Dine in Stevens Point

Even in a smaller city like Stevens Point, there are more places to eat than some realize. Having lived here for two years, I have found there are plenty of places to explore and enjoy to get a unique dining experience. For a night out, or when you want to relax or catch up with old friends, I recommend the following: Indulgence ... Read More »