Liquor infusions have been gaining in popularity over the last few years as restaurants and bars are looking for new ways to set themselves apart from the competition. Offering something “artisanal” instantly adds a little bit of personality and style to the cocktail menu. Continue reading The Dark Art of Infusions
The owner of the gastropub I work at wanted to have a few drink specials in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th , 2019. She asked me to come up with a few ideas for a potential drink for the night. Our main bartender on nights had recently requested a few items to be added to the shelves that she wanted to work into drinks, and one of the bottles to arrive that morning was a bottle of Midori. Continue reading Soul Sister Sour
I recently decided it was time to get familiar with the Manhattan, a legendary drink utilizing whiskey, rye, or bourbon. I picked up a bottle of Beer Barrel Bourbon from New Holland Brewing in Holland, Michigan.
The bourbon is aged for a length of time before it spends its last few months inside a “second use” barrel of Dragon’s Milk Stout (which is a stout aged in bourbon barrels). The barrel’s life cycle of bourbon to stout and back to bourbon imparts an interestingly smoky, malty sweetness to the finished product.
Aquavit is a very interesting and enigmatic spirit. At first taste/smell it is a very simple and straight forward spirit, but its underlying sensory appeal has a wild variety and complexity of subtle tastes and smells that defy categorizing Aquavit conveniently or quickly. Continue reading Long Road Distillers – Aquavit
Right Brain Brewery out of Traverse City, Michigan is definitely one of the better breweries in the Great Lakes Region. At 10 years of age, Right Brain Brewery has an impressive variety of beer styles to choose from, with a focus on Ales, IPAs and Stouts. All of their beers have creative names, and visually stunning artwork to accompany the packaged product. All of these things makes Right Brain Brewery a brewery that’s easy to love. Continue reading Right Brain Brewery – Northern Hawk Owl
This drink is inspired by the song “Never Had a Waffle at the Waffle House” by The Urban Pioneers (Texas, USA!), and the story of how singer/songwriter Jared McGovern has had pretty much everything on the menu at The Waffle House, except their namesake waffles. Apparently, he just flat out doesn’t like waffles! To make The Kentucky Waffle House gently layer the ingredients in the order … Continue reading Kentucky Waffle House
Try out a new take on the New York Sour, using Basil Hayden Bourbon and Pinot Noir to make a hybrid somewhere between Bourbon and Sangria Continue reading New York Sour w/Basil Hayden