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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

Directions:
1. Muddle together the ginger slices, cucumber slices, lime and pepper.
2. Shake hard, then strain into a Collins glass.
3. Top with ginger beer soda.
4. Garnish with fresh lime zest or ginger slice.

“9 & Republic is the corner my father grew up on in Ferndale,” says Nick Brancaleone, Valentine’s vice president. “From him and my grandmothers I learned of berries, gardens and herbs. I love the subtleties they add to cocktails.”

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.

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