In the upcoming summer issue of Michigan Meetings + Events we’re sharing details of a new event venue opened by Blake Farms, in Almont. But why wait until then to pass along a couple of the summer cocktail recipes you can make with Blake’s Hard Cider. blakefarms.com

Strawberry Patch (Strawberry Lemonade) 

  • 1oz. vodka
  • 4 oz. Blake’s Strawberry Lemonade 
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Lemons and strawberries for garnish
  • 1 ounce strawberry puree (1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey, 1 tablespoon lemon juice)

Bring all to a simmer and then strain and cool

 

Farmstand Sangria (Strawberry Lemonade) 

  • 6 ounces Blake’s Strawberry Lemonade
  • 4 ounces semi-dry white wine (Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc)
  • ½ oz. white rum
  • 1 ounce strawberry puree (1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey, 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
  • Apples/oranges/strawberries/lemons/limes for garnish

Bring all to a simmer and then strain and cool

Well known for its envelope pushing cocktails served with a down-to-earth approach, Standby Detroit has not only helped to garner acclaim for Detroit’s cocktail scene, it’s continued to inspire and connect—even in the wake of a pandemic.

On-site cocktail catering and private events at the bar may be on hold through April, but guests can still enjoy creative stirred, shaken and carbonated bottled cocktails to go or book a private cocktail class to perfect their home bartending skills.

 

Courtesy of Two James Spirits

A unique mix of bitters creates a treat for the senses in this seasonal sip from Corktown’s Two James Spirits. While typically busy hosting tours and private events or slinging craft cocktails in its tasting room, the distillery’s team has shifted its efforts during the coronavirus outbreak. It’s been producing hand sanitizer for hospitals, police and fire departments across the Detroit metro, while lifting spirits with creative curbside cocktail kits.

INGREDIENTS

 

Where it all began—the heart of the exotic cocktail as enjoyed for centuries in Jamaica. One of sour (lime juice), two of sweet (demerara sugar), three of strong (fine Jamaican rum), four of weak (some ice). Plus five of spice to make it nice (allspice and bitters).

In a cocktail shaker combine the following ingredients:

• 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

• 3/4 oz. Demerara simple syrup*

• 1/4 oz. St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram

• 3 oz. Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend

• 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

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