http://www.nickdrinks.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/11667329_10106921934329934_212664211614766921_n.jpg2015 Review & 2016 Goals

2015 Review & 2016 Goals

2015 has been an amazing year for NickDrinks.com. We had a long list of firsts: ♦ 1/15: Cocktail History Presentation: CIS – After Dark ♦ 1/25: Pop-Up: Burn’s Night w/…

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Star Wars Week: Mule with my Mates

Happy Star Wars Week! I thought it would be nifty to make light saber themed cocktails. Based on the Star Wars song, Duel of the Fates, I mixed up two…

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Star Wars Week: Cloud City Admin

Everyone knows the best character in Star Wars was Lando Calrissian played by the legendary Billy Dee Williams. But the babies of the group might not know that Billy was…

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Star Wars Week: 10 Main Characters as Detroit Cocktails

This week is the release of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. I put together a few posts to build off the spirit and buzz of the event. In…

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Celebrate Repeal Day 2015

Repeal Day is the celebration of the repeal of Prohibition. It’s probably the biggest holiday for bartenders and every year gets a bit bigger around the US. Detroit has four…

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Galliano 101: National Harvey Wallbanger Day

Today is National Harvey Wallbanger Day. This is the most famous cocktail that includes the classic Italian liqueur Galliano. I had a chat with Anthony Pullen who is the Brand…

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Detroit Cocktail Classic – Saturday Night

Detroit Cocktail Classic is back for year two this Saturday Night at 7p and in the same location – The Garden Theater. If you attended last year, you will remember…

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How to win Cafe 78’s Bar Fight

This Sunday (9/27/15) is the final Bar Fight of the year. There have been 5 previous competitions and the winners of each will assemble to find the ultimate champion. I…

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GRPM Gets American Spirits Exhibit

I’m really excited that the Grand Rapids Public Museum is getting the American Spirits Exhibit. The event has a members sneak peek on Friday (9/25/15) with a public opening the…

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Detroit Gatsby Lawn Party Recap

On 9/13/15, Detroit held witness to their first ever Gatsby Lawn Party. That is, at least since the 1920s. The event was the brain child of Alison Chevalier, a Detroit…

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Handmade Bar Towels from Lish Dorset

Friend of NickDrinks.com (and my wife), Lish Dorset, made some amazing handmade bar towels. Check out her blog for the full write-up. Years ago I used to sell appliqued towels…

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Detroit Gatsby Lawn Party – 9/13

The 18th Amendment went into effect in January 1920 which outlawed the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol but was thankfully appealed in 1933 but we all know that. The…

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New Summer Cocktails at Bastone

You may think of Bastone as a brewery with some pretty solid food however they have had a full bar for a number of years and have opted to up…

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D Tales 2015: Garnish 101

Welcome to the first official D Tales 2015 post. This series of posts is in the spirit of Tales of the Cocktail happening now in New Orleans. Here we will…

How to make a Negroni – Video

How to make a Negroni – Video

This week is Negroni Week (6/1 – 6/7). All around the world, bars are getting involved with classic and innovative takes on the Negroni. By ordering a drink, you donate…

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Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails – Opens Today

If you have ever been to the Oakland Art & Novelty in Ferndale, Mich., you know what amazing work Sandy Levine and his team of bartenders does. So naturally when…

How to make a Martini – Video

How to make a Martini – Video

The “End of an Era” to quote AMC’s promo spots is tonight with the final episode of Mad Men. To honor a show I adore (half because it’s amazing and…

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Whiskey Rebellion III at 6p Tonight

  Holy crap! It’s been 3 years of Whiskey Rebellion. This year sounds like the best one yet since it will be hosted at the not even opened yet, Chartreuse…

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How to Make a Mint Julep – Video

Derby is this weekend so its a great time to dust off an old classic, the Mint Julep. Few things are as refreshing as it on a hot day. Granted…

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Art of the Cocktail Event – 4/30

Do you think all the good cocktail bars are in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids? You would be wrong. Michigan has an incredible insurgence of amazing cocktail talent and…


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