Summer songs, good spirits and lake living are matches all made right here in Michigan.
The backyard stereo is belting out: “And we were trying different things, we were smoking funny things, making love out by the lake to our favorite song. Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking ’bout tomorrow, and singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long… Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long”. Take note, because Kid Rock’s anthem to all of us Michiganders should inspire you to invite over some great friends, prepare some awesome food, fire up the pontoon boat and pour a rock glass of some great Michigan made whiskey! This is how we do it here in the Dirty Mitten…all summer long.
Try a few of these locally made spirits with a pairing of some awesome foods:
Zepplin Bend Whiskey – New Holland, a Michigan Brewery, has perfected this straight-malt whiskey aged in oak with a heavy char. Try pairing this Michigan made spirit with a nice appetizer plate of a Belgian Blue or Roquefort Blue cheese, some Giardiniera (a mixture of pickled veggies ) and a ream of high end salty or sesame crackers. Can also be served after dinner as a dessert whiskey with a slice of Key Lime Pie. Reminds one of a Hemmingway novel with the sun setting over the horizon and a table full of whiskey sippin’ friends.
Journeyman Silver Cross Whiskey – This Three Oaks, Michigan distillery created this whiskey for the golfers where the Silver Cross was once a medal given to the golf elite at the early British Opens. A nice pairing for this spicy whiskey could be the salty parmesan Croque Monsieur French sandwich with a side of a wonderful Arugula salad.
Grand Traverse Cherry Whiskey – Northern Michigan has cornered the market on Cherry based foods, beers, and spirits. This whiskey should be paired with Cherrywood smoked pork ribs creating a wonderful combo. For goodness sake, it’s whiskey and ribs with the hint of cherry creating a sweet and smooth flavor for both the spirit and the pork. Slow cooking the ribs just enhances the flavor of the aged cherry whiskey.
Detroit Distillery Two Faced Whiskey – This blended 6 year old whiskey is smooth enough to be paired with Cedar Plank Salmon served with some steamed redskin potatoes. First, hit Lake Michigan and catch some salmon by chartering a boat from Ludington or Muskegon on the west coast. You work the fish into the boat, they clean and filet the fish, you take it home a prepare a to match perfectly with this Detroit whiskey.
Yep, “…sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking ’bout tomorrow…” and pairing it with some wonderful food makes for a great evening in these last days of our wonderful Michigan summer.
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Smoke ’em if you got ’em and don’t forget your bib.