• Signature Drink: Mint Truffle Mocha

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Here’s a little coffee cocktail magic from northern Michigan’s Hotel Walloon.

Bartender Matt Stark creates a wonderful Walloon winter warm-up for guests using the hotel’s famous Franke coffee and espresso machine in its snug Hearth Room Bar. Franke, as it’s referred to by guests, can make coffee, espresso, Americano, cappuccino, mocha, Choco chino and more. 

Since opening in 2015, Hotel Walloon has earned two AAA Four-Diamond Awards for its 32-room upscale property on Walloon Lake south of Petoskey.

In addition to its vintage lake-country charms in historic Walloon Lake Village, the luxury boutique hotel features complimentary food service four times a day, two charming restaurants, space for retreats and executive gatherings, and a patio setting that can accommodate up to 150 guests.

Let us know how you enjoyed Stark’s Mint Truffle Mocha delight. Cheers!

Ingredients
—2 T. Ghirardelli Premium Hot Cocoa (preferably mocha)
—.75 oz. Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka
—.5 oz. Crème de Menthe
—double shot of espresso from Franke (or use concentrated strong brewed coffee)

Directions
Stir above ingredients in coffee mug, and then top with steamed milk and garnish with whipped cream, a pinch of cocoa powder, and a sprig of fresh peppermint. 

Courtesy of Hotel Walloon 

While Ernest Hemingway frequented several places across the globe throughout his lifetime, Walloon Lake, Michigan, was a place he had roots in and returned to in his early years. His father and mother, Dr. Clarence and Grace (Hall) Hemingway first came to the Walloon Lake area in the late 1800s, building their beloved cottage, Windemere, which remains in the family to this day. Ernest was just three months old when he made his first trip to the area.

 

Lansing isn't just the capital of Michigan, but it’s also the central hub for the entire state—literally; it’s located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state’s population, making it both eventful and accessible for groups located throughout the state.

 

Historic river city and its many legends are ready to host and entertain.