Bite and Sip

Whiskey and craft brew are trending for Lake Michigan Spring

2014-03-13T10:00:00Z Whiskey and craft brew are trending for Lake Michigan SpringBy Pat Colander
March 13, 2014 10:00 am  • 

Irish whiskey recipes for St. Patrick’s Day that double as seasonal harbingers and an official opening for an anticipated craft brewery that unofficially opened last year.

The Comeback of Irish whiskey: Even though whiskey is never going to be my drink, it is impossible to not notice the brown liquor trend developing the past few years. Bushmills Irish whiskey sent out some recipes that use honey and citrus to put a spring twist on iced cocktails that make it seem like something kind of different that might be worth trying. In celebration of a meltdown if we’re lucky: Honey, I'm Home:

1.5 oz. Bushmills Irish Honey

Lemon Wedge

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Ginger Beer

Drink Recipe Preparation: In your mixing glass, add Bushmills, bitters and ginger beer. Shake, stir and strain over ice.

Bushmills Irish Honey Smash:

1.5 oz of Bushmills Irish Honey

2-3 Mint Leaves

3/4 oz Simple Syrup

2 Pieces of Lemon

1 oz Water

Drink Recipe Preparation: Muddle the lemon, mint, water, and simple syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add Bushmills, shake, and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish w/ a sprig of mint and serve.

Craft Breweries Spring Up All Over: This is a conversation we’ve been having lately about the numerous craft breweries that are popping up everywhere especially in beach towns, college towns and other sentinel locations. The discussion that ensues is inevitably beer vs. wine tasting. Then someone says, but still it’s beer. Then someone else says but have you ever tasted …. Some famously high-alcohol, heavy, dark brand name from Founder’s, Three Floyd’s or the newly-famous 18th Street Brewery in Miller? This is going to go on for a while. But, it resembles the explosion of American wines in the 1990s. And the result is better quality at a lower price, certainly a noble goal for Middle Americans. The craft brew pub in Miller Beach is holding an official grand opening this Saturday, March 15th.

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