cocktail

Taking Honey & Themes to the Max

Sweet can mean two things: tastes great or stellar experience. There is a lot of sweetness in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada, but I’ll limit this to talking about the new “Buzzed at Bernardus” experiences at Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley, California.

Hotel Indigo Denver Set to Open Early 2017

Hotel Indigo Denver is set to open in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood in mid-January of 2017. It will be located at 1801 Wewatta Street and will have 180 guest rooms and 1,188 square feet of meeting and event space.

Signature Drink: Hendrick's Reviver

Sidecar Slider Bar, a 92-seat spot in Birmingham featuring reclaimed wood from a barn near Bay City and a granite bar, shares an owner and a wall with its neighbor, Rojo Mexican Bistro. Sidecar aims to lure the late-night crowd, and has served this gin-based cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS:
—.75 oz. Hendrick’s gin
—.75 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
—.75 oz. Cocchi Americano
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—slice of cucumber 

Signature Drink: Hendrick's Reviver

Sidecar Slider Bar, a 92-seat spot in Birmingham featuring reclaimed wood from a barn near Bay City and a granite bar, shares an owner and a wall with its neighbor, Rojo Mexican Bistro. Sidecar aims to lure the late-night crowd, and has served this gin-based cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS:
—.75 oz. Hendrick’s gin
—.75 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
—.75 oz. Cocchi Americano
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—slice of cucumber 

A Taste of Peterboro

Our upcoming issue features some of the best new bars and restaurants to open in Detroit in the past couple of years. Editing the story, I was reminded of a few places I still needed to check out. Among them was the Peterboro.

Signature Drink: Stoned Fence

Craft cider company Virtue offers tours, a tasting room and a bottle shop at its Fennville farm. Stoned Fence, created by Mae Governale, won Virtue’s 2016 cocktail competition.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.75 oz. aged rum
—.25 oz. Rich Demerara syrup 
—2 oz. The Mitten Cider
—cinnamon tincture to taste
—lemon swath

DIRECTIONS:
Mix ingredients in your favorite cocktail glass and enjoy

COURTESY OF Virtue Cider

Network and Create Craft Cocktails at coup d'etat

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a mixology class at coup d’etat in Uptown Minneapolis. The class was held in one of their semi-private dining areas, where 18 of us had the pleasure of creating five signature cocktails with our mixologist Alex.

Signature Drink - Pantone 1595

Café 78 opened in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit this winter, as a joint project between the museum and the restaurant Wright & Co. Café bartenders are trained by the craft-cocktail wizards at the Sugar House. Here’s a concoction from General Manager Chris Vanderginst, taken from the café’s Pantone-themed cocktail menu.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. gin
—1 oz. carrot juice
—.5 oz. lemon juice
—.25 oz. ginger syrup
—.25 oz. Pedro Ximenez sherry

Signature Drink - 9 & Republic

Refreshing and rich with tradition, this cocktail from Valentine Distilling in Ferndale offers the scent of spring complimented by sweet ginger spice.

Ingredients:
— 1 oz. Valentine Liberator Gin
— .5 oz. St. Germaine liqueur
— 3 ginger slices
— 3 cucumber slices
— 1 lime wedge
— Half a habanero pepper

Signature Drink - The Local

The cocktails at Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale change seasonally, but its classic drink, The Local, is a favorite all year long.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Bulleit Rye whiskey
—1 oz. simple syrup
—1 oz. lemon juice
—A shot of malbec wine

INSTRUCTIONS:
Mix whiskey, simple syrup and lemon juice and finish with the shot of wine.

Courtesy of LOCAL KITCHEN & BAR // 248.291.5650

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