• Signature Drink: Fustini’s Ruby Red Grapefruit Salty Dog

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    It’s spring and time for something unusual at your next event.

How about pairing your favorite beverage with a little vinegar?

“You can mix almost anything in your drink recipes with specialty balsamic vinegars,” says Andy Stewart, corporate chef for the Traverse-City based Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars shops. (See page 10 for more event options.)

“The possibilities are endless. How about lemonade with our Sicilian Lemon balsamic vinegar and sparkling water? It’s a nice treat. Or maybe a Moscow Mule with ginger and honey balsamic or an Appletini with white apple balsamic vinegar? We like Bloody Marys with a teaspoon of our Cayenne Crush Chili oil or a Traverse City Cherry Fizz with our TC Cherry vinegar,” he says.

You get the picture. It’s unexpected and quite tasty. Open your taste buds with this Up North company’s spring treat. 

INGREDIENTS
—2 slices Ruby Red grapefruit
—2 oz. Ruby Red grapefruit juice
— 1 teaspoon Fustini’s Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar
—2 oz. vodka (your choice!)
—salt
—ice

DIRECTIONS
Smear rim of a highball or margarita glass with one of the grapefruit slices. Spread salt on fl at surface and press rim of glass into salt. Fill glass with ice. Pour grapefruit juice, Fustini’s Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar and vodka into the glass and stir. Garnish with the other grapefruit slice and serve

Courtesy of Fustini's in Traverse City

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

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) 

 

Is celebrating Michigan Wine Month a work activity? Absolutely, especially when you’re checking out wine-centric venues for possible future events. Traverse City Uncorked is offering a mobile-exclusive pass to a collection of curated wineries offering deals and discounts to redeem during Michigan Wine Month—also known as May!