• Signature Drink: Taking Care of Gin-ness

     
    POSTED December 12, 2018
     

    Here's a shout-out to Remi Huyghe for Creating Another Great Mowtown Favorite

Taking Care of Gin-ness is his new signature cocktail featured on the drink menu in the urban contemporary Volt Lounge, located in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Huyghe’s creation was the winner in the 2018 Detroit Marriott’s Master of Your Craft beverage competition. He has worked at Volt for six years and has been a bartender in metro Detroit for more than 20 years. He’s also been instrumental in building Volt’s craft cocktail portfolio, making his own infused bitters and tonic syrup.

“I just wanted to craft an old-school cocktail with a modern flair,” Huyghe says of his winning signature drink.

Taking Care of Gin-ness features the Ferndale-based Valentine Distilling Co.’s Old Tom Liberator Gin, which is aged in American oak barrels for two years. Old Tom Liberator Gin, presenting an aroma of juniper and pine mixed with hints of oak, woody spices and citrus peel, won the title of Best Cask Gin in the World from the World Gin Awards and also received a gold medal from the International Craft Spirit Awards. It’s a perfect pick, says Huyghe.

Both the Volt Lounge and Valentine Distilling host special events and parties.

Make it yourself:
—2 oz. Old Tom Liberator Gin
—1 oz. Grand Marnier
—.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
—3 dashes orange bitters
—Toschi Candied Orange Peel 
—Stir and serve over fresh ice

As the number of vaccinations across the country increases, the amount of live events and gatherings will hopefully rise with it. However, that doesn’t mean the way people gather will go back to normal instantly: there may be an adjustment period before bars, theaters, stadiums and churches are all full of people again.

 Spacing, social distancing, and creativity will be vital for planners and venues in the meantime, and tools like staging, seating, and more will be crucial for the execution of these.

 

2020 was on track to be a record year. For some catering companies across the state, continuous growth year-over-year had set them up for success, and they thought it would be their best 365 days yet.

And a record year it was—but not for good reasons. Layoffs and furloughs, major losses in sales, and too many cancellations and postponed events to count made 2020 a year that catering companies will never forget.

 

Well known for its envelope pushing cocktails served with a down-to-earth approach, Standby Detroit has not only helped to garner acclaim for Detroit’s cocktail scene, it’s continued to inspire and connect—even in the wake of a pandemic.

On-site cocktail catering and private events at the bar may be on hold through April, but guests can still enjoy creative stirred, shaken and carbonated bottled cocktails to go or book a private cocktail class to perfect their home bartending skills.