Taking Care of Gin-ness is his new signature cocktail featured on the drink menu in the urban contemporary Volt Lounge, located in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
Huyghe’s creation was the winner in the 2018 Detroit Marriott’s Master of Your Craft beverage competition. He has worked at Volt for six years and has been a bartender in metro Detroit for more than 20 years. He’s also been instrumental in building Volt’s craft cocktail portfolio, making his own infused bitters and tonic syrup.
“I just wanted to craft an old-school cocktail with a modern flair,” Huyghe says of his winning signature drink.
Taking Care of Gin-ness features the Ferndale-based Valentine Distilling Co.’s Old Tom Liberator Gin, which is aged in American oak barrels for two years. Old Tom Liberator Gin, presenting an aroma of juniper and pine mixed with hints of oak, woody spices and citrus peel, won the title of Best Cask Gin in the World from the World Gin Awards and also received a gold medal from the International Craft Spirit Awards. It’s a perfect pick, says Huyghe.
Both the Volt Lounge and Valentine Distilling host special events and parties.
Make it yourself:
—2 oz. Old Tom Liberator Gin
—1 oz. Grand Marnier
—.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
—3 dashes orange bitters
—Toschi Candied Orange Peel
—Stir and serve over fresh ice