Doug Hudson holding a bottle of homemade wine from a winemaking kit

With the rise of cooking competition TV shows and Netflix streamers about homespun desserts, it’s easy to get caught up in the magic and pride that comes with creating restaurant-quality delicacies in the comfort of your own home.

Lowry Hill Liquors and Lakeside Wine + Spirits in Long Lake have been family-run businesses from the beginning.

Looking for a non-alcoholic drink that nonetheless carries a sophisticated taste? This was founder Nate Uri’s quest when starting Prohibition Kombucha in 2014.

Equal parts industrial distillery and welcoming watering hole.

The story of local vodka company AVIV starts with its founder Marc Grossfield, who has strong roots in St. Louis Park. He grew up on the west side and graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1975.

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to sample some seriously awesome brews. Jason Alvey, owner at the Four Firkins, suggests four Irish or Irish-inspired beverages to transport you to the Emerald Isle:

What makes a perfect cup of hot chocolate? The folks at Good Day Café are experts. Manager Zack Carroll says the secret is in the chocolate itself—none of that packaged, powdery nonsense.

With its elegant origins, the St. Germain cocktail at Raku Sushi & Lounge evokes thoughts of St. Tropez.

A delicious drink is about a state of mind. A margarita in Venezuela is probably made with the same ingredients as a margarita in The Park, although the scenery is a bit different. At St. Louis Park Magazine, we know the best part of summer is taking time off.

One of the best parts of summer might very well be putting your feet up with an ice-cold beverage in hand. And lucky for us, there’s a plethora of local restaurants serving up everything from thirst-quenching margaritas to fruit-filled smoothies. Here are nine of our favorite picks. Bottoms up!