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Frozen Lighthouse MichiganIf you feel like this ice-encased lighthouse pictured to the left due to the extremely cold temperatures due to the “Polar Vortex,” offers a few new cocktails to help you melt your way out.

Several of these “hotspirations” making their first online appearance in this story.

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The frigidly frozen photograph to is of the lighthouse in St. Joseph, Mighican as captured by Steve Zasadny.


Hot Buttered Bourbon

by Chef / Mixologist Stephen Dennison

Hot buttered rum 2 oz. Booker’s Bourbon
1 cup of Warm Chai Tea
1 cube Turbinado sugar
1 oz Brown butter*


Incorporated all – stir until sugar dissolved.

Garnish grated nutmeg.

*To make brown butter, take 4 tablespoons butter and simmer on medium low heat, until browned

Loretto Lava

by Anthony Caporale

Hot drinks1 oz. Jalapeño-infused Maker’s Mark*
5 oz. Hot Coffee
1 tbsp. Cocoa
1 tbsp. Honey


Incorporate all and garnish with flaming marshmallow. 

Jalapeño-infused Maker’s Mark*

Remove veins and seeds from 2 to 4 Jalapeños, slice into thin strips, add to 1 bottle Maker’s Mark (750 to 1000ml) infuse between 1 hour and overnight. Adjust above to suit heat of Jalapeños and your taste.


Banana Crème Pousse-café

by Stephen Dennison

Ingredients for drink:

Pousse-caféBols Crème de Banana Liqueur
Bailey’s Irish Cream Original

Ingredients for meringue topping*

Egg Whites
Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

How to build the pousse-café:

1. Start by pouring your heaviest ingredient in the cordial glass first. In this case, the heaviest will be Baileys.
2. Next, take a bar spoon and hold it in the glass, touching the side, with the back of the bowl of the spoon facing up.
3. Now, slowly pour each subsequent ingredient over the bowl of the spoon, so it settles lightly over the top of the ingredient below. The next ingredient in this drink is the Bols Crème de Banana Liqueur. The Vodka will be the last to be poured in.

4. These same instructions can help you on how to make a pousse-café by following the outline.

*Meringue Topping Instructions:

8 egg whites, half cup sugar and 6-8 dashes of Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

Whisk until forms hard peaks form.

Final Step for cocktail:

Once meringue is finished and pousse-café is built, sprinkle sugar atop the meringue, and brown with brûlée torch.

Ullg Nog

by Billie Kennedy, Breckenridge Colorado

Egg nog drinks

1-1/2oz Breckenridge Bourbon
1/2oz Breckenridge Sipping Bitters
1/2oz Vanilla Chai
4oz Lowfat Egg Nog
1 Dash Falernum Bitters

Garnish/Star Anise, Orange Zest, Fresh Ground Nut Meg
Serve Hot or Cold

This drink is in celebration of this weeks 51st Ullr Fest in Breckenridge Colorado.

On Thursday, our friends from Breckenridge Distillery are going to break the record for the longest continuous shot ski.
Shot Ski


French Nail

by Stephen Dennison

Brandy snifter2 oz. Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac
.5 oz. Drambuie Liqueur
Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky – 10 Year Old rinse 10 year

Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognacInstructions:

– Start by giving the snifter a wash of Laphroaig by pouring a very small amount in the glass to coat it. Then discard Laphroaig.

– Add Drmabuie and Cognac.

– Place a  Star Anise pod in glass

– Set brandy snifter on warmer as pictured. Alternatively, take another empty brandy snifter and fill with warm water.


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