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The Lot 40 Cocktails You Have to Try in Detroit

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Ten bars in your city are serving handcrafted cocktails that are perfect for winter and show off the distinctive flavor profile of Lot 40 100% Pot Still Rye—drinks like the Exchange Alley at The Keep, the Into the Woods at Grey Ghost, and the Alberta Clipper at Katoi. Bartenders appreciate the spirit’s silky texture, robust flavor profile and lightly oaky notes, mingling it with pear liqueur, lemon, ginger beer and falernum at The Oakland for the St. Clair Buck, and with coffee liqueur, absinthe and a lemon twist at The Keep. (When rye is this good, you can keep things simple.) Is your mouth watering yet? Just wait until you see all 10 options below. You’re sure to find an amazing cocktail near you.

Grey Ghost Detroit


Classy and sleek, with an industrial-chic vibe suiting the Motor City, this bar features a smart array of spirit-forward cocktails, including a handful on tap.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: Will Lee’s Into the Woods made with Lot 40 rye whisky, Yellow Chartreuse, rosemary honey syrup, lemon juice, Angostura bitters and a pinch of salt

Slows Barbq


Locals flock to this barbecue temple for falling-off-the-bone ribs and a renowned smoked chicken sandwich. Barkeeps also do great things with spirits here.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: Rob Stone’s Red Green made with Lot 40 rye whisky, St. George raspberry liqueur, Marie Brizard crème de cacao liqueur and lemon juice

The Oakland


Sophisticated, chic and romantic, this speakeasy-like spot offers some of the best cocktails in town, whether or not you’re on a date.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: St. Claire Buck made with Lot 40 rye whisky, St. George spiced pear liqueur, lemon, falernum and ginger beer

Gold Cash Gold


Those with a taste for stunning interiors and craft cocktails have gathered here. But since October, it has been a destination for foodies wanting to try new chef Brendan Edwards’ raved-about spin on Southern cooking.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: Kevin Burrows’ Orthodox Lad made with Lot 40 rye whisky, Amaro Montenegro, Nux Alpina walnut liqueur and St. Elizabeth allspice dram



This Thai hot spot features a hip vibe and a can’t-miss slate of whisky cocktails.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: James Downs’ Alberta Clipper made with Lot 40 rye whisky, smoky Islay scotch wash, Byrrh Grand Quinquina apéritif, cranberry-infused five-spice Michigan maple, grapefruit shiso bitters, house-made cranberry aromatic bitters, citrus and egg whites

Otus Supply


It’s worth the drive to Ferndale to see this sprawling, stylish gastropub, sit at the copper bar and admire the work that went into its makeover.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: Ian Redmond’s Quite the Card made with Lot 40 rye whisky, Amaro Averna, lemon juice, fig–black-cardamom syrup, lab-charred cedar bitters and currant bitters

Town House Birmingham


Renowned for its burgers, chic patio and private whisky society, this pub offers an extensive drinks list that’s bound in a book made from Michigan Buffalo leather.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: Frequent Flyer made with Lot 40 rye whisky, Carpano Antica vermouth, Aperol and Amaro Averna

Town House Detroit


A convivial vibe, comfy bar chairs, a great whisky selection and comforting American eats are on tap at this neighborhood-y gastropub.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: Frequent Flyer made with Lot 40 rye whisky, Carpano Antica vermouth, Aperol and Amaro Averna

Bad Luck


This highly anticipated Capitol Park newcomer is from the same folks who brought Detroit The Sugar House, a wonderfully romantic craft cocktail favorite.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: Yani Moraitis Fry’s Mysticism made with Lot 40 rye whisky, cascara tea, Zucca Rabarbaro amaro and mace bitters

The Keep


This hidden basement bar is well worth a trip downstairs. It draws a service-industry crowd and meets its high standards with artisan cocktails served in a speakeasy atmosphere.

FEATURED COCKTAIL: Leonard Lopp’s Exchange Alley made with Lot 40 rye whisky, St.George Nola coffee liqueur, Absinthe Ordinaire liqueur and a lemon twist

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