Leaving Minnesota Behind
Moscow on the Hill, Saint Paul
As some of you may know I spent one year in Minnesota and that was enough for me. Not because I didn’t have a great job with a great company or a great group of friends, but I am not an individual who enjoys the cold, and well Minnesota takes cold to the freaking stratosphere. With 5-10 days in a row of the high not reaching above 0 degrees and days with the wind chill reaching -20 or colder, not all the money in the world could convince me to be happy long-term in weather like that. So, my husband and I decided to move to the sunny and warm year-round, San Diego, CA.
As I mentioned I had a great job at a global software company and I had established some fabulous friendships during my tenure there so it was only fitting to have a last-day happy hour to get drunk with my former colleagues one last time. I worked downtown Saint Paul so I picked Moscow on the Hill on Selby Street since it was close by and they have great happy hour specials.
It was 4:30 p.m. during the week so, quite honestly, I wasn’t thinking about having a bloody mary. However, when I read the drink menu and saw under Moscow Cocktails: The Bloody Russian, I couldn’t refuse my inner tomato-loving-self telling me to go for it. I am so glad I did because this bloody mary was top notch! It’s made with Referent Horseradish Vodka and a house made bloody mary mix. It was definitely potent and made my eyes water a tad but so flavorful. The flavor is as violent as the name sounds but in this case, not a bad thing at all. Probably a great bloody for the cold winters because it’ll definitely warm you up inside (I suppose cold is something Russia and Minnesota have in common). The mix was chalk full of spices (that were clearly visible in the glass) giving it a robust flavor with a punch of horseradish from the Vodka. Being in Minnesota, the bloody was served with a chaser of beer. Praise the free booze gods! The skewer was simple with lemon, lime and a pickle because this tantalizing bloody doesn’t need a fancy skewer to hide behind. It is by far one of my favorite tasting bloodys I’ve ever had and I've had a lot.
If you like Russian vodka and/or bloody marys then I highly recommend Moscow on the Hill. On the weekends, they have a build you own bloody mary bar for only $6.95! Great happy hour specials and a low-key place to gather with friends for a drink after work or say goodbye one last time. I cherish all the relationships I made in Minnesota and equally all the amazing bloody marys and free beers to go with them!