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Best Craft Cocktail

Into craft cocktails?

Check out Volume One's Craft of Cocktails special section - with articles and info about the local craft cocktail scene.


If you’re looking for a sweet yet mature way to drink through the pandemic, check out the third-time first-place winner for Best Craft Cocktail: The Great Grampa, a twist on Wisconsin’s beloved Old Fashioned, which will be available at The Lakely (in the Oxbow Hotel, 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire) when it reopens. Nothing gives you good fireplace vibes quite like the Roasted Toasted Almond, which you can snag from Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery (3460 Mall Drive, Eau Claire). Finally, check out a traditional Old Fashioned from Dive (in the Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson St., Eau Claire) for a feel-good drink that is sure to cheer you up. –Rebecca Mennecke