The Mill, a cocktail place on Central Ave. in Northeast Minneapolis is home to some of the most interesting concoctions you can find in the Twin Cities. We’re here for the booze but there is an excellent brunch, lunch and dinner menu that has offerings like oysters on the half shell, biscones & gravy and Ecuadorian baked eggs.
What The Mill gives us is a fresh variety of cocktails to begin with but an even more desirable freedom of choice and expression. Bartenders don’t ask what you want they ask what you like and come up with a combination that not only is unique to your palette but one that they take as a personal challenge to push themselves beyond a gin and tonic or a vodka soda.
Last time we visited we told them we were in need of something warm. Perhaps it was the 20 degree temperatures, maybe it was the need to feel fuzzy and buzzy because anything was better than thinking about the presidential election. We offered up a couple flavors. “Something smokey perhaps.” “How about some chocolate?” And gone our bartender was, off to create something off menu and intriguing.
And when this happens, you wait.
An appealing cocktail should be waited on and when our bartender returned we had a chocolatey rum beverage whose gamut of ingredients was smoked before our very eyes. We didn’t know what it was called. Our bartender didn’t either but it was a clear illustration of the ingenuity that goes into each and every beverage.
Traditional or off-centered, it all tastes good at The Mill.