The arrival of cold weather and short days is a bit of a bummer. Noah O’Neill, bartender at Tannin in Okemos, created the Fall Back to perk up patrons’ spirits.

Cocktail Ingredients:
—2.5 oz. Wathen’s single-barrel bourbon
—1 oz. Luxardo apricot liqueur
—1 oz. Stirrings ginger
—0.5 oz . Red Viper syrup (see below)
—Peach garnish (see below)

Red Viper Syrup Ingredients:
—1 ghost pepper
—1 chipotle pepper
—Fresh ginger to taste
—Jamaican allspice to taste
—1 cup sugar
—5 cups water  

Peach Garnish Ingredients:
—Peach slices
—Blackberry cordial
—Bourbon Barrel Foods bourbon-smoked sugar

Red Viper Syrup Directions:

1. Boil the concoction until liquid is reduced by half (about 10 minutes).
2. Cool

Cocktail Directions:

1. Pour ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake.
2. Serve in a rocks glass with peach garnish floating on top, sugar side up (see below). (Makes enough for about 100 drinks.)

Peach Garnish Directions:

1. Slice peaches.
2. Lightly drizzle with cordial and dust with the sugar.
3. Use a kitchen blow-torch to caramelize the sugar.
4. Place on top 

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2020 was on track to be a record year. For some catering companies across the state, continuous growth year-over-year had set them up for success, and they thought it would be their best 365 days yet.

And a record year it was—but not for good reasons. Layoffs and furloughs, major losses in sales, and too many cancellations and postponed events to count made 2020 a year that catering companies will never forget.


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.