Chasin’ Away the Chill

Whether you’re coming in from the slopes chilled or just want something to warm you from the inside out as you watch the snowflakes fall outside your window, consider these three warming cocktail recipes, crafted with made-in-Michigan spirits.
Courtesy of Journeyman Distillery Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee - Courtesy of Journeyman Distillery

By Journeyman Distillery

Tucked away in the village of Three Oaks in a long-retired corset factory, Journeyman Distillery enjoys the coveted distinction of being one of a handful of certified organic and kosher distilleries in the country. With an approach it describes as “truly grain to glass,” Journeyman offers a selection of handcrafted spirits including whiskey, rye, bourbon, brandy, vodka, gin and more. This Irish Coffee takes a twist on the traditional by augmenting the usual plain coffee with Journeyman’s vanilla- and cinnamon-infused Snaggle Tooth Organic Coffee Liqueur.

1 ounce Journeyman Buggy Whip Wheat Organic Whiskey
1 ounce Journeyman Snaggle Tooth Coffee Liqueur
½ ounce cream

Blend whiskey, coffee liqueur and cream. Top with hot coffee and add cream and sweetener to taste. Garnish with fresh whipped cream.

BUCKINGHAM BEAUTY - Courtesy of Coppercraft Distillery
BUCKINGHAM BEAUTY – Courtesy of Coppercraft Distillery

By Coppercraft Distillery

Founded in 2012 in Holland, Coppercraft Distillery prides itself on using the traditional method to distill on-site a premium line of spirits including bourbon, rum, vodka and gin. The Buckingham Beauty begins with an elegant base of Earl Grey tea and incorporates Coppercraft Gin, winner of the 2019 Denver International Spirits Gold Award. Shaken with egg white and featuring citrus, honey and juniper, this cocktail creates a foamy, warming backdrop for Coppercraft Gin’s blend of 13 botanicals.

4 ounces Earl Grey tea
2 ounces Coppercraft Gin
1 ounce honey
¾ ounce lemon juice
1 egg white
5 juniper berries

Dry shake (shake in a cocktail mixer with no ice) egg white, Coppercraft Gin, lemon juice, juniper berries and honey. Double strain into a glass containing 4 ounces hot Earl Grey tea.

HOT GIN TODDY Courtesy of The Kalamazoo Stillhouse

HOT GIN TODDY – Courtesy of The Kalamazoo Stillhouse

By Kalamazoo Stillhouse

Kalamazoo’s first federally licensed artisan distillery since Prohibition, the Kalamazoo Stillhouse makes its spirits “honestly.” To the husband-and-wife team that owns it, that means starting with Michigan-grown grain — almost exclusively wheat — and completing each step of the process on-site using time-honored processes. Local has special meaning to this downtown landmark: not only were the owners born and raised in Kalamazoo, but they source from other local businesses whenever possible.

Similar to a gin gimlet but with a warming twist, this Hot Gin Toddy is a bracing, sweet-and-sour beverage accented by hints of citrus, fennel, juniper and coriander in the 100% wheat Stillhouse Gin.

1½ ounces Stillhouse Gin
1 ounce honey ginger simple syrup
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice

Dry shake ingredients and top off with 3 ounces boiling water.

*Meagan Francis is a freelance writer living in St. Joseph.

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