In the last days of summer we’re all looking to getaway. Pack these DIY cocktail essentials and visit some of our favorite Michigan getaway locations below.
Here’s your packing list:
Fit bar essentials into a travel bag for cocktails at the cottage.
Grab gin and bourbon and bring it to your home away from home.
Barware Roll with Bar Tools
Bag up this barware roll from Cocktail Kingdom. It looks impressive, but packs easily. Includes a jigger, barspoon, strainer, tongs, peeler, and a channel knife.
Stow an insulated travel shaker like this version from Brumate that converts into a tumbler or glass.
Bitters and Liqueurs
Collect a few liqueurs and bitters to expand your cocktail repertoire like those from Thatcher’s Organic Spirits.
Mixers and Fruits
Gather a liter of club soda, a couple oranges, and a tupperware of cherries to easily make cocktails for a crowd.
Here’s your soon-to-be favorite Michigan getaway locations:
Joseph A. Magnus chose the idyllic town of Oden, Michigan, as his summer getaway. The town is nestled in the northern part of lower Michigan, where Magnus built his summer home, a golf course, and a boathouse. More than one hundred years later our team still considers Oden a hidden gem. Enjoy a Negroni with a Magnus twist, while dipping your feet in Crooked Lake, which borders the town.
- 1 oz Joseph Magnus District Dry Gin
- 1 oz Cynar
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- Lemon peel, garnish
In a mixing glass with ice, add all ingredients and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and top with an expressed lemon peel.
Traverse City, MI
Michigan’s own wine country and a peninsula within a peninsula. Traverse City boasts idyllic scenery for wandering via car, bicycle, watercraft, or foot.
Beaver Island, MI
Take the ferry from Charlevoix and rent a cottage for a long weekend on this lesser known, peaceful Michigan island. Beaver Island is a good location for family get-togethers. Batch out cocktails for a crowd around a beach campfire.
The Ontonagon area in the northwestern corner of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is known for its proximity to the scenic Porcupine Mountains. A cottage in these woods gives you access to some of the best hiking and most scenic views Michigan has to offer.
St. Ignace, MI
St. Ignace is a quiet, lakeshore retreat steeped in history. Spend your days visiting the lighthouse, the geological formation known as Castle Rock, or take the ferry over to bustling Mackinac Island. Close out an evening with a pour of whiskey and a view of the Mackinac Bridge.
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