Summer Sippers: Cocktails from Northern Michigan
June 23, 2011
I love my Michigan Wine, but sometimes summer calls for a cocktail.
So I decided to share a collection of drink recipes made from Michigan wine, spirits and beer. Cheers!
Raz Be Daz | Recipe from Black Star Farms
True North Lemonade | Recipe from Grand Traverse Distillery
1 ½ - 2oz Grand Traverse Distillery True North Cherry Flavored Vodka
6oz of a tart lemonade, Simply Lemonade in the refrigerated section of local stores works great.
Add a splash of pomegranate, cherry, or cranberry juice.
Mix over ice and enjoy.
Strawberry Sangria | Recipe from 2 Lads Winery
1 bottle of 2Lads Rosé of Cabernet Franc
½ cup white sugar (more or less to taste)
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 cups ginger ale (Vernors if you can get it!)
In a large pitcher mix the wine, sugar, lemon and strawberries. Refrigerate for several hours, or up to a day. Add ginger ale just before serving over ice. Enjoy!
World Famous Cherry Wine Sangria | Recipe from Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard & Winery
Mix fruit and cherry wine together in large container, refrigerate. When ready to serve add sparking cherry juice and pour over ice.
Cherry-tini | Recipe from Uncorked Wine Bar
1 ½ oz. Grand Traverse Distillery True North Cherry Flavored Vodka
1 oz Peninsula Cellars Melange
½ oz Indian Summer Cherry juice
Mix on ice, pour into a martini glass and garnish with maraschino cherries.
RBB Summer Shandy | Recipe from Right Brain Brewery
Applemosa | Recipe from Bel Lago Vineyard & Winery
Bel Lago Brut Rose Sparkling Wine with a splash of Apple Cider
Peach Fus"tini" | Recipe from Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars
Mix peach balsamic vinegar and vodka in a glass with ice. Add sparkling water to fill. Serve.
Blueberry Mint Lemonade | Recipe by Drink Michigan
1/3 cup fresh mint
1 cup of blueberries
4 cups of water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 bag or 8 lemons)
1 cup of Grand Traverse Distillery Wheat Vodka
In a blender, add the water, lemon juice, mint leaves, blueberries, and sugar. Blend until mixture turns pink. Let sit for at least an hour, then strain to remove blueberry and mint leaves. Add in your vodka, chill and serve over ice!
* For a family-friendly option, serve sans alcohol. A nice treat for the kiddos too.
Dragon’s Milk Ice Cream Float | Recipe by DinnerFeed
1 (pint, 6-ounce) bottle Dragon’s Milk Ale (New Holland Brewing)
6 large scoops vanilla ice cream
6 strawberries, each slliced into a fan for a garnish (optional)
Mound scoops on vanilla ice cream in bowls or glasses. Carefully divide and pour Dragon’s Milk over ice cream. (Pour slowly off to the lip of the glass. Dragon’s Milk is quite foamy.) Garnish with strawberry fans, if using, and serve.
Remember, Buy Local also means Drink Local! Visit your local Michigan wineries, craft breweries and distilleries this summer.