The Spiced Maple Manhattan hails from Traverse City’s new Hotel Indigo. Make it at home yourself or sample it this spring at the Indigo rooftop gathering following our 12th annual Best of Michigan readers’ choice awards.

INGREDIENTS:
—2 dashes orange bitters
—1 cherry
—1 orange slice
—1.5 T Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Simple Syrup (see below)
—2 oz. Traverse City Cherry Whiskey
—1 T sweet vermouth
—1 cinnamon stick for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine cherry, orange slice, bitters and simple syrup.
2. Add ice.
3. Pour in whiskey and vermouth.
4. Tumble.
5. Garnish with cinnamon stick and serve. 

Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Simple Syrup

INGREDIENTS:
—16 oz. sugar
—16 oz. water
—3 open vanilla beans
—6 oz. Michigan maple syrup
—.25 teaspoon cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine the sugar and water and boil for 10 minutes.
2. Add the vanilla beans and boil for another three minutes.
3. Add the maple syrup and stir, boiling for one more minute.
4. Turn heat to low and add the cinnamon; cook for two more minutes.
5. Remove from heat. Strain and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate and use as needed.

Courtesy of HOTEL INDIGO 231.932.0500

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.

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