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Phil 2015/1/29
Phil 2014/11/20

Modest Vodka Chai Martini Recipe

Cheers recently added Modest Vodka to our selection. Distilled and cut in a 90 gallon German-built pot still in Madison Wisconsin, Modest is a 100% corn vodka that is filtered and brought down to proof with reverse osmosis water. Cheers found Modest to be smooth and clean, perfect for sipping or mixing. Recently Cheers featured Modest Vodka at a store tasting.  Our Modest rep whipped up a Chai tea martini and it was a hit!.   

We got lots of requests for the recipe so here it is!  The Modest Vodka  and the Imbue bittersweet vermouth is available at both  Cheers locations. You’ll have to make the Chai syrup*. Don’t worry it’s really easy, but we suggest you do this step first and in order to give the syrup time to cool.  







2 cups sugar

3 cups water

One bag of Chai tea

Modest Vodka

Imbue bittersweet vermouth




*Chai Syrup:

1) In a medium sauce pan, simmer (not boil) 2 cups sugar and 3 cups water.

2) Stir until sugar is dissolved completely then remove from heat

3) Add one bag of your favorite chai tea and let steep for 7-10min. Remove tea and let cool.


For the Martini:

2 oz modest vodka

1 oz imbue bittersweet vermouth

.5oz chai simple syrup

Stir over ice for 5-10 seconds and strain into martini glass or build in lowball glass and add ice and allow to dilute slightly.


Phil 2014/10/15


Add a "spooky booze" to your Halloween party this year with one of these unique adult beverage packages. Follow the links below for more information about these items

Phil 2014/8/11

It’s always a good idea to bring something to a gathering.  With summer  drawing to a close and fall  right around the corner undoubtedly you will be getting invitations to late summer barbecues, last chance trips to the cabin, fancy dinner parties, and football kickoff events. So let’s consider what you might bring to pair with these occasions. Cheers has a huge selection to choose from with a variety flavors, aromas, and pairing options. Here are a few ideas of what you might bring to pair with a late summer soiree.

Phil 2014/7/29

Cheers Chanhassen has a new convenient drive up door and extra parking. Check it out!


Phil 2014/6/27

At Cheers we boast an eclectic and vast selection of wine, spirits and beer from around the world. Cheers staff are constantly researching, tasting, and adding to that selection. Here are a few of the new additions to Cheers. Check them out below we've included links to websites of these new products if you want to learn more. We hope to see you soon... Cheers!

Steve 2014/10/15
Phil 2010/8/4


Jessie and I have been on a margarita kick lately. It started with the mild spring and early summer. As summer winds down we found ourselves looking for a variation on our favorite margarita recipe, this is what I came up with…
Phil’s Pineapple Margarita
The pineapple flavor in this variation is a refreshing alternative to standard margaritas

small pineapple (about 3 1/2 pounds) (or buy one of those tubs of pre-cut pineapples)
cup lime juice from 2 to 3 medium limes
cup lemon juice from 2 to 3 medium lemons
cup superfine sugar
pinch table salt
cups crushed ice
cup 100 percent agave tequila , preferably Reposado
cup Grand Mariner (I never skimp and use triple sec… yuck.)
1.      (If using a tub of fresh pineapple, skip to #3) If using a real pineapple,
2.      1. Peel and core pineapple; cut pineapple into rough 2-inch chunks,
3.      Puree ½ of the pineapple chunks in work bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade until smooth and foamy, about 1 minute. Combine 1/2 cup pureed pineapple with lemon and lime juices and sugar.
4.       Strain juice mixture into 1-quart pitcher or cocktail shaker. Add tequila, Triple Sec, and 1 cup of the crushed ice; stir or shake until thoroughly combined and chilled, 20 to 60 seconds.
5.      Divide 1 cup crushed ice between 4 or 6 margarita or double old-fashioned glasses. Strain into ice-filled glasses; serve immediately, raise glasses,clink and say “CHEERS”!

Use the remaining pineapple chunks for the second round! Or double the recipe for larger groups. I learned that straining is key, I made the first round WITHOUT straining the pineapple mixture and found it to be too thick

Enjoy, and as always... CHEERS!

Phil 2015/1/29