The holiday season is a time for celebration. Family, friends, great food, and of course, libations for all to enjoy. Fortunately, Metro Detroit is teeming with establishments that serve up creative, unique cocktails perfect for the most wonderful time of the year. If you’re looking to sip on something special in the days to come, try ordering one of these incredible craft cocktails.
Known for an exceptional revolving menu, absurdly juicy burger, and refined beverage program, Grey Ghost’s newest cocktail addition is a nod to the warm and cozy feeling that welcomes us in from the cold. The All Better stars rum, Averna amaro, brandy, anise, and cinnamon in a warm mulled cider, finished with salted caramel and whipped butter. It’s like drinking an apple pie fresh out of the oven.
Milwaukee Junction’s hottest drinking destination combines friendly, neighborhood hospitality with an inspiring aesthetic and expertise in mixology. Kiesling‘s menu shifts constantly, but in honor of the holiday season, be sure to catch the Sledding in San Louis while it’s still around. The mezcal-powered spiced hot chocolate comes topped with house-made marshmallows in two varieties – traditional and vegan. You’re never too old for the perfect cup of hot cocoa.
Hamtramck’s Bumbo’s Bar is a laid-back spot that, while unassuming, concocts some of Metro Detroit’s most interesting drinks. Right now, they’re featuring several cocktails that are sure to warm you up on these freezing December nights. For a twist on the classic, try the toddy – served hot or cold – with chamomile-infused Old Henry Clay rye whiskey, clover honey, lemon, and angostura bitters. Or, check out the Spicy Branch, featuring your choice of Lunazul Blanco tequila (or) Overheat rye whiskey, lime, Pasubio vino amaro, and sugar macerated blueberry. For a smokey upgrade, try it with the Bahnez mezcal.
Tucked away in the back of Coffee Down Under in Detroit’s Financial District, The Shelby boasts a sophisticated selection of shareable small plates and inventive cocktails. The intimate space and tasteful design lend themselves perfectly to an evening of catching up with loved ones in anticipation of the holidays. Try the Daytwah Flip – a creamy, full-bodied combination of brandy, rum, and maple, shaken with a whole egg. Or, go for a classic espresso martini, served with Proud Mary espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur.
It can be tough to snag a reservation at Evening Bar, located inside Detroit’s iconic Shinola Hotel. Once you’re inside, it’s easy to see why. The speakeasy-esque space is refined, dimly lit, and conducive to special occasions with loved ones. If you love a creamy cocktail, you can’t go wrong with the Root Beer Fizz, made with Solera rum, Jagermeister, acid-adjusted orange juice, vanilla, heavy cream, root beer, and egg white. You may also want to try the Eight Foot Bunch, banana-infused cachaça, amaro, macadamia, and a whole egg. When they say save room for dessert, this is why.