Every year, the North American International Auto Show brings out the best of planners and vendors presenting a flurry of spectacular entertainment events during the show’s two-week run in the Motor City.

This drink, crafted by Eurest Catering in partnership with Bedrock Events, was created for a client who was hosting an Auto Show Charity Preview private reception at The Madison in downtown Detroit. Not only are local craft brews still popular for events, but locally distilled spirits are also gaining greater popularity. 

And what better way is there to showcase the best of Detroit than by creating a specialty cocktail that features Two James Spirits Vodka, which is distilled in the city’s Corktown district. 

» 2 oz. cranberry infused Two James Spirits Vodka 
» .5 oz. infused rosemary simple syrup 
» 3-4 oz. sparkling water 
» ice 
» candied orange peel 
» rosemary sprig

In a rocks glass, add ice and top with the cranberry infused vodka, rosemary infused simple syrup and sparkling water. Garnish with a candied orange peel and rosemary sprig. Relax and enjoy! 

Mix six 750 ml bottles of Two James Spirit vodka with 2.5 pounds of fresh, pureed cranberries. Let this mixture sit for three days. Then strain the puree from the vodka.

Mix one-half cup of sugar and one-half cup of water. Heat the ingredients until dissolved over medium heat. Add a few sprigs of rosemary right when it comes off the burner and steep before removing the sprigs.

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The Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) celebrated its annual holiday party at The Whiskey Factory in Detroit with a strolling dinner, music, gift card balloon pop and membership awards. More than 125 members enjoyed the event sponsored by AVL Creative, Chair Covers & Linens, Creative Specialties, The Display Group, Rock Out Entertainment, ShutterBooth, Viviano Flower Shop, BTW Photography and The Whiskey Factory.