The Spiced Maple Manhattan hails from Traverse City’s new Hotel Indigo. Make it at home yourself or sample it this spring at the Indigo rooftop gathering following our 12th annual Best of Michigan readers’ choice awards.

INGREDIENTS:
—2 dashes orange bitters
—1 cherry
—1 orange slice
—1.5 T Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Simple Syrup (see below)
—2 oz. Traverse City Cherry Whiskey
—1 T sweet vermouth
—1 cinnamon stick for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine cherry, orange slice, bitters and simple syrup.
2. Add ice.
3. Pour in whiskey and vermouth.
4. Tumble.
5. Garnish with cinnamon stick and serve. 

Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Simple Syrup

INGREDIENTS:
—16 oz. sugar
—16 oz. water
—3 open vanilla beans
—6 oz. Michigan maple syrup
—.25 teaspoon cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine the sugar and water and boil for 10 minutes.
2. Add the vanilla beans and boil for another three minutes.
3. Add the maple syrup and stir, boiling for one more minute.
4. Turn heat to low and add the cinnamon; cook for two more minutes.
5. Remove from heat. Strain and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate and use as needed.

Courtesy of HOTEL INDIGO 231.932.0500

Seattle’s Foodz Catering is preparing to move into its new home, nicknamed the “factory,” in the Georgetown neighborhood this summer. Four times the size of its current headquarters, it will include a new kitchen, offices and a warehouse. Toast the new digs with the company’s Blueberry Mule—the recipe raises the bar on the sober-curious trend.

INGREDIENTS

—3 oz. fresh-pressed blueberry juice

—juice of half a lime

—ginger beer

—shaved ice

—sprig of mint

—lime wedge

 

Though in recent years Waco has gained attention as being the home of Chip and Joanna Gaines,
hosts of HGTV’s show “Fixer Upper,” it has long been a city of note. It’s known as the heart of Texas, not only for its central location, but also its spirit of Texan ingenuity and resourcefulness. After all, this is where the suspension bridge that allowed the Chisholm and Shawnee trails to cross the Brazos River was built. And it’s here that Dr Pepper and Big Red were invented and Baylor University and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum are located.
 

 

INGREDIENTS:
—3 oz. dry sparkling rosé
—1.5 oz. Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato
—.5 oz. Batavia Arrack (or Blanc Rhum Agricole)
—1 oz. tonic water

DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a wine glass, add ice and enjoy!