Anticipating the festive essence of 
December drinking, we’ve trolled a 
few of Northern Michigan’s best barrooms to 
find creative libations built around
 small-batch Michigan booze. These four creative cocktails from Northern Michigan restaurants provide quick, easy meet-up opportunities with friends—even in the December rush.

Traverse City Cosmo, Stafford’s Weathervane
106 Pine River Ln. | Charlevoix

The official pink drink of girls behaving badly, the classic Cosmopolitan takes on a little Northern Michigan orchard sweetness from True North Cherry Vodka shaken ice cold with triple sec and a splash of cranberry.

Lawrence-75, Barrel Back
04069 N M-75 | Walloon Lake

Northern Michigan’s fizz doctor, Larry Mawby, is immortalized in this take on the French-75, where his celebrated brut rosé “Sex” is splashed over Bombay gin, lemon juice and simple syrup and garnished with a lime.

Michigan Mary, South American Grille & 
Wine Bar
3600 Village Harbor Dr. | Bay Harbor

This pure Northern Michigan breakfast drink melds McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix and pickles with award-winning Valentine vodka and locally smoked Plath’s bacon for a spicy, lycopene-rich blast.

The Perfect Italian, Trattoria Stella

1200 W 11th St. | Traverse City

Valentine’s barrel-aged Old Tom Gin gets stirred with equal parts of exquisite Contratto sweet & dry vermouth and an orange twist in a complex coalescing of flavors that forever squashes the martini-or-manhattan conundrum.