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Thirsty Thursday: Detroit Lions Inspired Cocktail

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It’s Thursday and you know what that means….it’s cocktail time! The Packers are heading to Detroit on Sunday for an NFC North match-up against the Lions, which means we’re getting some inspiration from the Motor City this week.

Today we’re putting a Detroit spin on a classic cocktail…the Old Fashioned (sorry, Wisconsin, this one uses bourbon instead of brandy). The Detroit Old Fashioned takes the original recipe for the cocktail and adds a classic Detroit ingredient, Vernor’s Ginger Ale. Vernor’s was first introduced in 1866 in Detroit as a soda fountain beverage, so it’s got long ties to the city itself.

This cocktail felt like a perfect one for the Lions because it’s is nothing original….it takes two solid drinks (whiskey/ginger & the old fashioned) and attempts to build off of their success without actually accomplishing anything special. It’s exactly like the Lions hiring Matt Patricia to try and mimic another team’s success (Patriots/Belichick) just to go 13-29-1 during his tenure. While there are, and have been, successful pieces to the recipe (Barry Sanders, Megatron, etc), it still has not been able to find success as a whole (I hadn’t even heard of this drink until I researched it). 

Overall, the Detroit Old Fashioned isn’t bad and is a good alternative for someone that finds the traditional old fashioned too strong or is brand new to whiskey. It tastes like a whiskey/ginger and an old fashioned had a baby. But, like the Lions every single year, nothing ground-breakingly original or successful about it.

It’s definitely worth trying, however, so let’s learn how to make it before the Packers and Lions face-off for their second match-up of the season!

detroit old fashioned cocktail

Detroit Old Fashioned

Supplies
  • Rocks glass
Ingredients
  • 1 sugar cube or teaspoon of simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters (to taste)
  • Orange wheel
  • Maraschino cherry
  • 2 oz of bourbon or rye
  • 2 oz of Vernors ginger ale
Directions
  1. Place sugar cube in glass and pour on bitters.
  2. Muddle sugar cube in glass.
  3. Fill glass with ice.
  4. Add whiskey and Vernors.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Garnish with orange and cherry.

 

Voila! A Detroit-style Old Fashioned! 

detroit old fashioned cocktail

Cheers, Cheeseheads! 

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