Whiskey Rebellion part 2 – Click Out the Signs

This is the second in a series of four cocktails created by different Detroit bartenders for Whiskey Rebellion 2016 Rick Paulger has over 14 years experience bartending and is currently the head bartender at Roast. “I thought the spice of the Wild Turkey Rye played well with the Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange …

Whiskey Rebellion part 1 – Lady Boots

This is the first in a series of four cocktails created by different Detroit bartenders for Whiskey Rebellion 2016 Having worked at The Oakland for 3 1/2 years, Chas Williams has been tending bar for the last 2 and has recently been promoted to Head Bartender/Manager. “The inspiration for the Lady …

Oh 2015, Are You Already Gone?

We said goodbye to 2015 a couple weeks back, but it was such a great year that we’re still reflecting before looking ahead.  Being of the firm belief that you have to learn from both mistakes and successes to plo(w)ugh forward, here’s to raising a glass to the year that …

Whither the Wine Critic…

  The Power Brokers of the past have faded considerably and now the most important wine critic might be sitting right next to you  There was a time when one went to the local wine shop, asked a few questions (perhaps answered a few as well), a few selections were …

“Beer-Clean” is Important

Well, not in the grand scheme of life but in its small way, to a select group of people who want “it” done right, it is important. Beer deserves to be treated with respect and that starts with proper serving temperature (another subject) and then a “beer-clean” glass (I am …

Back to the Future… Again: Aperitifs & Aromatized Wines

Back to the Future… Again Aperitifs & Aromatized Wines It was a perfect storm of sorts: as Americans were becoming increasingly interested and savvier about wine/food/restaurants/ingredients the craft spirits/craft cocktail boom was beginning… at first by all those Brooklyn hipsters and the San Francisco foodie crowd. But it was quickly …

Moaui Tai – Shane Bang: Guest Bartender

Our Featured Original cocktail is brought to you by guest bartender, Shane Bang. Inspired by the Mai Tai, the Moai Tai is named after the iconic statues of Easter Island. The cinnamon, lemon, and yellow Chartreuse highlight the botanicals found in the Bombay Sapphire. Moaui Tai 1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire 1oz …

Saturn – Shane Bang: Guest Bartender

Our Featured Classic cocktail is brought to you by guest bartender, Shane Bang. Surprisingly, this delicious Tiki drink is gin-based instead of the usual rum. The Saturn won the 1967 International Bartender’s Association World Cocktail Championship for California Tiki bartender J. “Popo” Galsini. SATURN 1.25 Bombay Gin .5 Lemon Juice .5 Passion Fruit …

Detroit: Food & Wine City

Imagine this: in less than five years, Detroit has gone from ‘Will the last person to leave please turn out the lights?’ to ‘2014 Bar City of the Year’[1], ‘15 Hottest Cities in America’[2] and Zagat’s ‘#3 Hot Food City in America’. Really. The #3 Hot Food City in America—right …