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.

Try your hand at The Tick of the Clock, a fan favorite. “It’s classically driven and heading toward tequila mule territory with a heavy dose of bitters that adds depth and balance to an otherwise very spicy cocktail,” says owner Joe Robinson. “The Tick of the Clock was on our opening menu at Standby, one that I’d made years before during my cocktail catering days. I’d say it’s a Standby classic.”

- 1.5 oz. blanco tequila
- 1 oz. fresh lime
- 1 oz. ginger syrup*
- 0.25 oz. angostura bitters

Measure all ingredients into a shaker tin, fill with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Pick three fresh mint sprigs and break off the stems with about one inch left. Give the mint a good smack to “wake it up” and place as a garnish on the side of the glass.

- 250 grams peeled fresh ginger
- 250 grams cane sugar
- 8 oz. hot water

Peel the ginger using the edge of a spoon. Dice the ginger into one-inch cubes and add half of the ginger, the water and the sugar to a blender. Blend and slowly add remaining ginger until the mixture is fully blended. Strain and bottle the mixture. Refrigerate up to one week.

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) 


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.



Where it all began—the heart of the exotic cocktail as enjoyed for centuries in Jamaica. One of sour (lime juice), two of sweet (demerara sugar), three of strong (fine Jamaican rum), four of weak (some ice). Plus five of spice to make it nice (allspice and bitters).

In a cocktail shaker combine the following ingredients:

• 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

• 3/4 oz. Demerara simple syrup*

• 1/4 oz. St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram

• 3 oz. Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend

• 2 dashes Angostura Bitters