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The Pimm’s Cup proves fruity drinks have a place in fall. This gin-based cocktail uses lemon juice and fruit garnishes to create a herbal, fruity drink that’s refreshing without being sweet. Plus, this simple yet high-quality recipe is easy to mix in a glass or scale up to a pitcher, making it an obvious standard for entertaining or drinks for one.
This cocktail uses a unique liquor to create an elevated twist on the Whiskey Sour. Pama pomegranate liqueur gives this fruit-forward drink its sweet taste and vibrant ruby color, while the lemon juice and bourbon gives it a tart finish without being too overpowering. When making this cocktail, be selective of the brand of liquor you use so the pomegranate flavor of this drink gets its due.
New Holland’s signature stout features roasted malt with notes of coffee and chocolate. After a three-month stay in bourbon barrels, this rich, creamy stout carries undertones of vanilla and oak. This beer is best enjoyed on a crisp fall night seated around a bonfire or, frankly, anytime life is feeling less than a piece of cake.
Episode: Fancy Whiskey

Fancy Whiskey

Despite its name, the Fancy Whiskey keeps it simple. Using a whiskey base, a citrus orange flavor comes through with the help of triple sec, sugar, and a dash of bitters. Add an orange twist to garnish, and this cocktail creates an easy opportunity to flaunt your cocktail mixing skills without any time-consuming hoops to jump through.
Episode: Michelada


This week’s cocktail squeezes some heat out of the last bit of summer. The Michelada combines the flavor of a light beer with ingredients usually found in a Bloody Mary. The beer helps tamper the heat of the cayenne pepper and hot sauce, and lime juice rounds out the savory spice of this drink. The Michelada isn’t for everyone, but we’ve found it’s best enjoyed on a late summer evening.
Episode: Summer Rye

Summer Rye

This week’s cocktail is a perfect bridge between summer and fall: the Summer Rye. Summer heat is channeled through the whiskey and St. Germain’s notes of white flowers, while the light sweetness of apple juice and champagne evoke the crisper months to come. The creative process of mixing this drink is simple yet sophisticated, and helps soothe the sting of another Michigan summer winding down.
Fans of rum punch will be delighted by the twist this Reggae Rum Punch brings. This pineapple-forward cocktail that balances the robust flavor profile of Jamaican rum with a smooth melody of strawberry and lime. Don’t wait for your next beach day to bust out this dreamy, tropical drink.
This Strawberry Basil Lemonade cocktail is a simple version of a summer classic elevated by gin and basil. Muddled strawberries and basil help bring out the herby, botanical flavor of the gin while lemonade balances the drink with a tart citrus flavor. This fruity, refreshing cocktail is an easy decision when you’re looking for an uncomplicated cocktail that still has some flair.
The magic of the Boat House Punch happens when you go with the flow and give its ingredients time to mingle into the perfect party cocktail. This cocktail balances the richness of the lemon sugar with gin, Aperol, St. Germain, and effervescent rose. From there, a combination of citrus juices keep the cocktail tangy and sweet without being too much of a knockout.
The Jalapeño Orange Spritzer is like the perfect summer day: bright, with a little heat. This sunburst orange cocktail gets its heat from jalapeño infused vodka. The infused vodka works in harmony (not competition) with orange juice and soda water to create a cocktail worthy of your next summer celebration.