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.

Try your hand at The Tick of the Clock, a fan favorite. “It’s classically driven and heading toward tequila mule territory with a heavy dose of bitters that adds depth and balance to an otherwise very spicy cocktail,” says owner Joe Robinson. “The Tick of the Clock was on our opening menu at Standby, one that I’d made years before during my cocktail catering days. I’d say it’s a Standby classic.”

- 1.5 oz. blanco tequila
- 1 oz. fresh lime
- 1 oz. ginger syrup*
- 0.25 oz. angostura bitters

Measure all ingredients into a shaker tin, fill with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Pick three fresh mint sprigs and break off the stems with about one inch left. Give the mint a good smack to “wake it up” and place as a garnish on the side of the glass.

- 250 grams peeled fresh ginger
- 250 grams cane sugar
- 8 oz. hot water

Peel the ginger using the edge of a spoon. Dice the ginger into one-inch cubes and add half of the ginger, the water and the sugar to a blender. Blend and slowly add remaining ginger until the mixture is fully blended. Strain and bottle the mixture. Refrigerate up to one week.

The spirit of the French Riviera has found a home in the Rockaways. At Bar Marseille, French bistro classics, Provencal cocktails and plenty of seafood pair with views of the ocean, emulating the Mediterranean port city that the establishment was named after.


One of the several new restaurants that popped up mid-pandemic in the Twin Cities culinary scene was Petite León by Duck Soup Hospitality, housed in the old Blackbird Café space. All having worked on separate, successful ventures in the area, Jorge Guzmán, Dan Manosack, Benjamin Rients and Travis Serbus came together to found the hospitality group behind the project.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo—or any day ending with a ‘y’—with the Mother Mayo Margarita from JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa’s Cibolo Moon. The cocktail brings an innovative twist to the classic margarita with mezcal and pineapple. Salud!