The Sugar House – Detroit MI
In Historic Corktown
2130 Michigan Avenue Detroit MI
One of my favorite neighborhood haunts, this speakeasy style craft cocktail lounge is a great friendly place for a perfectly made cocktail. With a vast selection of spirits to work with, house made bitters and herb infused syrups and other concoctions, they really create unique and impeccable libations.
The Sugar House bartender’s showmanship in cocktail preparation is influenced by “Professor” Jerry Thomas and his 1862 book How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion. He is referred to as the “father of American mixology”. Each of the dapper Sugar House bartenders I have been told must read Thomas’ book (actually a book called Imbibe! by David Wondrich, a cocktail historian who has reprinted Thomas’ recipes for punches, cocktails, sours, fizzes, toddies, slings etc. with historical commentary on his legend and life as well).
For a real show – especially when the weather is chilly and you want to impress your friends – when the bartender asks what drink you would like….simply say “what would Jerry Thomas do”? They will make you a Blue Blazer. This is Jerry Thomas’ signature drink. I will not spoil the surprise with a description of the preparation, but will give you a clue: Blue Blazer does NOT refer to a conservative navy sport coat. Once the show is over, you will find that the drink is delicious as well
All of the Sugar House bartenders are experts, including Yani who is the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Angostura U.S. Cocktail Challenge. At the Sugar House you can literally have your cocktail made by one of the best bartenders in the United States. Yani moves on to represent the U.S. at the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge in Trinidad in February. We will find out if your cocktail is made by the best bartender in the world! …(according to Angostura anyway).
(Click here for Yani’s Angostura Cocktail Challenge winning drink recipes)