One of the benefits of my job is getting to find neat cocktail lounges in places I’d never otherwise visit. The HoDo Lounge in downtown Fargo is just one of those places.
It is located in the historic Hotel Donaldson and draws a crowd as eclectic as the drink menu. The band added to the fun, playing a mix of original music and covers that kept the crowd moving all night long.
The first drink that I had was the Firetruck. It was an amazing cocktail that consisted of St. Germain, seltzer water, and (drum roll please) 10 year old Laphroaig. Even though there was just a 1/4 oz of the Laphroaig in this drink it comes through loud and clear. The St. Germain sweetens this up just a bit and softens the peaty flavor of the Laphroig, while the seltzer makes this a tall glass sipper that is refreshing. An inventive and very interesting cocktail.
The second cocktail of the night was the unusually named Cucular Caley (pictured). A melange of pomegranate vodka, Hendricks gin, Sailor Jerry rum and cucumbers, all topped with a bit of seltzer, this was an amazing drink. It was slightly sweet, slightly spicy and slightly fruity, yet still boozy enough to remind me that it packs a punch. Kudos to the staff for this fantastic cocktail!
With that it was time for me to head back to my hotel and get a good nights sleep before my drive back to Milwaukee. You can be sure, though, that I’m looking forward to my next visit to Fargo!