Two James in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, was the first licensed distillery to open in the Motor City since the prohibition. Not only are their spirits distilled and bottled locally, there is an impeccably designed bar-in-the-round on site. It’s a great place to sit back, enjoy a drink, take a peak behind the scenes, and soak up good vibes.
We got the inside scoop from Monica Gyroke, who is a bartender at Two James, as we followed her around the facilities. They have 3 different spirits on the menu: 28 Island Vodka, Old Cockney Gin and Grass Widow Bourbon. Each one is made from locally sourced agricultural products to further support the revitalization of the community.
If you’re feeling your inner mixologist is ready to shine this New Year’s, our friends at Two James have the perfect cocktail for you to try.
The Corktown Flip:
Grab a few drink shakers.
Pour 2 oz. of your favorite stout into one of the shakers.
Swirl the stout in the shaker vigorously to flatten and release carbonation.
Crack an egg into the shaker with the stout.
Pour ¼ of 2:1 homemade simple syrup into the shaker.
Add 2 oz. of Two James Grass Widow.
Add 2 strong dashes of Black Walnut Bitters.
Dry shake the ingredients.
Add ice and re-shake.
Double strain the flip into the cup.
Add another touch of Black Walnut Bitters.
Garnish with a candied walnut.