Cupcake Topped Bloody Marys at The Copper Hen Cakery and Kitchen
The Copper Hen, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Last month, while back in Minnesota for my judging duties at the Bloody Mary Festival, I judged 18 different bloody marys from around the Twin Cities. I know, that’s a LOT of bloodys! I guess I didn’t think that was enough, because I also drank several other bloody marys outside of my judging duties. But, I am pleased to say that I chose wisely; they were some of the yummiest I’ve had!
First on the list was the incredibly charming and cozy Copper Hen and Cakery, in the Whittier neighborhood, just outside of Minneapolis. Shelley, from The Drunken Tomato, was also in town, so we headed to a much-needed recovery brunch together. The previous night I went a little HAM. You know when you first start a vacation and sometimes you over-do it because you finally let loose from your crazy busy life? Oops!
Aside from how adorable the Copper Hen is, with their exposed brick walls and itty bitty cupcakes, their bloody marys are exquisite and certainly eased the pain from our wild night out. There are two kinds of bloodys on the menu; Copper Hen Bloody Mary (my choice) and Bloody Hell (Shelley’s choice).
The Bloody Hell will put some pep back in your step with the house-infused hot pepper vodka and loads of horseradish invigorate your sleepy soul. Your sense of smell is awakened by the large dill sprig garnish and your blood sugar rises with a sweet treat on top; mini donut muffin. Minnesotans love mini donuts, especially my husband! It finishes off with a cider chaser to wash it all down; absolutely delicious!
The Copper Hen Bloody is a similar to the Bloody Hell, with the same house made bloody mary mix but without the heat. A perfect compromise for those the less adventurous in the spice department. Rich, savory and a bit tangy, the Copper Hen mix is a bright red and easy to drink. Topped with the same dill sprig that just smells divine, every time you take a sip. Perhaps the best part is the bacon blueberry breakfast cupcake on top. Who knew so much yum could be packed in such a small thing?! The Copper Hen Bloody comes with a pilsner beer chaser to cleanse your palette and prepare you for your meal.
Everything at Copper Hen is made in-house, from scratch and uses as many local ingredients as possible. This is what makes their Farmhouse Brunch so appetizing. I went with the hen omelet with veggies because I just love simple veggie omelets! Shelley went with the Farmers Brunch, an enormous amount of food that includes eggs, choice of meat, and bread pudding French toast! We couldn’t have ended our meal without the infamous boozy cupcakes. There’s a different flavor each month and they infuse your cupcake with a tube of liqueur!
Whether you live in the Twin Cities or visiting the area, the Copper Hen is a worthwhile place to stop in for brunch. The farmhouse-chic decor and cozy atmosphere offer a great place to recover from a long night or have a brunch with family and friends. The bloody marys are some of the best in the Twin Cities and the boozy cupcakes are irresistible!