Minnesota Historical Society

North Star Cocktails

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Award-winning drink slinger Johnny Michaels, along with the North Star Bartenders’ Guild, move beyond the traditional Martini and Manhattan to offer nearly 200 crafted cocktail recipes with modern flavors.

Recognized as one of the twin cities’ best drink makers, Johnny Michaels is the cocktail connoisseur’s answer to a gourmet chef. His home base is the James Beard award–winning La Belle Vie, but he’s designed the cocktail menus for several of its sister restaurants and other top metro eateries. Together with premiere bartenders such as Pip Hanson, Nick Kosevich, Jesse Held, Thea Sheffert, and others in the North Star Bartenders’ Guild, Michaels shares 125 original, crafted cocktail recipes utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables, tips on barkeep techniques and tools, and guides to artisanal liquors and bitters.

From signature cocktails such as the Handsome Devil with bourbon, Bénédictine, Frangelico, and spicy bitters, to the Chloroform Kiss with citrus vodka, gin, yellow chartreuse, lemon, and cava, to high-end, nonalcoholic beverages and party punches tasty enough for anyone to enjoy, Michaels and the North Star Bartenders’ Guild’s recipes will help you not only learn the art of cocktails for entertaining and relaxing at home but also gain an appreciation for the unique originals, modern flavors, and sublime classics you enjoy on your next night out on the town.

All author royalties earned from the sale of the book will be donated to SPCA International, an organization committed to advancing the safety and well-being of animals (www.spcai.org).


  • By: Johnny Michaels and The North Star Bartenders' Guild
  • Format: Paper, 240 pp., 5 1/2 X 7, 30 color photos and 20 b&w photos,125 recipes, index
  • Publisher: MNHS Press (Paperback Sept. 2017)
  • ISBN: 9781681340708 (paper)

Johnny Michaels is bar manager for La Belle Vie and partner in the cocktail design company Proof Drink Design.

The North Star Bartenders’ Guild is a nonprofit organization comprised of a community of like-minded craft bartenders in the Twin Cities.


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