Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Drinking in the D!

On August 22, 1902 the Cadillac Motor Company was founded in Detroit, Michigan. 
So today I am showing my Detroit pride with some hometown specialties.

The Last Word
The delicious gin based cocktail originated in the 1920's during prohibition. It is said to have been created by bartender Frank Fogarty at the Detroit Athletic Club. While Fogarty, nicknamed the "Dublin minstrel", went on to become one the best know vaudevillian monologist of his time, the drink slipped out of existence after WWII. Fast forward nearly 60 years... the drink is  rediscovered in a 1952 copy of Ted Saucier's Bottoms Up! in 200by Murrary Stenson of the Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle. The drink,much like we hope for the "D", went on to establish a cult following throughout the Seattle and Portland areas, and can now be found in cocktail bars across the country!

3/4 oz gin
(The DAC currently uses Tanqueray No. 10)

3/4 oz maraschino liqueur
(look for Luxardo)

3/4 oz Chartreuse

3/4 oz fresh lime juice

Mix all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake, Shake, Shake...
Then strain into your favorite cocktail glass.

Michigan is considered by many to be one of the top ten craft beer states in the country, several of these breweries are right here in the D! One of my personal favorites, and fitting to today's theme, is Motor City Brewing Works. Located in  the heart of the Detroit Cultural Center, the company has been offering an amazing assortment of beer, cider, wine, elixirs,and first rate soda since 1994. One of personal favorite beers is the Ghettoblaster one of many flagship products at the brewery. If you get a chance to visit Detroit, don't miss this gem.
470 West Canfield
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Woman first tempted man to eat; he took to drinking of his own accord.  ~Four Hundred Laughs: Or, Fun Without Vulgarity, compiled and edited by John R. Kemble, 1902

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