• Signature Drink: The Wile E. Coyote

    FROM THE Summer 2019 ISSUE

    A mispour transforms one of its most popular drinks into an Iron Fish classic.

  • Signature Drink: The Wile E. Coyote

    FROM THE Summer 2019 ISSUE

    A mispour transforms one of its most popular drinks into an Iron Fish classic.

The Iron Fish Distillery, Michigan’s first farm distillery just a short drive south of Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, has blossomed into a fun gathering place, restaurant and award-winning maker of spirits.

“Our farmland is located within the natural and scenic Betsie River watershed, providing an ideal habitat for coyotes,” says Sarah Anderson, one of the distillery’s four partners. “Each spring, the movement of deer attract their attention, and the calls of the coyote can be heard echoing throughout the northern Michigan woodlands. 

“Our Wile E. Coyote cocktail ‘accident’ celebrates the rarely seen but often heard coyote and builds off its popular sibling, the Coyote Call, which was recognized as one of Michigan’s Top 14 Cocktails to Try by MLIVE Media,” she adds. “The Coyote Call, the exact same cocktail but featuring Iron Fish Michigan White Rum instead, rings the Southwest flavors of lime, jalapeño and cilantro, with mint added for cooling and balance, shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker.”

Anderson reveals that the “accident” occurred when an Iron Fish bartender mistakenly poured the distillery’s Michigan Woodland Gin rather than its rum into the cocktail mix. “The botanical complexity of Michigan Woodland Gin and the flavors of the Coyote Call took this drink to the next amazing level,” she adds. “The Wile E. Coyote sneaks in alongside the Coyote Call to become an Iron Fish classic. It’s ‘Can I have another please?’ deliciousness!”

—3 sprigs fresh cilantro
—6 large mint leaves
—2 oz. Iron Fish Michigan Woodland gin
—1 oz. fresh lime juice
—1 oz. jalapeño-infused simple syrup*

*This syrup is a 1:1 mixture of water and white sugar cooked until the sugar has dissolved. While the syrup is still very warm, add 1 or 2 halved, seeded jalapeños. Allow the mixture to infuse for 1 to 1.5 hours. Remove the peppers and store the syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Keeps for four to five weeks.

Place the cilantro and mint in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add Iron Fish gin, lime juice and jalapeño syrup. Top with ice and shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish.

MACVB Annual Educational Conference finally reaches the shores of Mackinac Island.

As I rode in the carriage from the Shepler’s Ferry terminal to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, my mind wandered to a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” In said scene, King Arthur and his sidekick, Patsy, approach a castle while galloping and banging coconuts together. After a few moments passed and my mind wandered back to the tree-lined streets of the island, I realized it was the clippety-clop of the draft horses pulling our carriage that brought on my thoughts of Python.


First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 


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)