About Tammy

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About Tammy

Tammy Coxen is a professional cocktail enthusiast and the Chief Tasting Officer of Tammy’s Tastings. Since 2011 she has been teaching interactive hands-on cocktail classes to individuals, groups, and companies — for events ranging from parties to corporate team building. Now she’s taken those classes online, exploring the history, stories, and mixing techniques behind some of the world’s most famous cocktails. She is the co-author of the cocktail book Cheers to Michigan, co-host of a regular cocktail segment on Michigan Radio, her local NPR affiliate, and writes a monthly column for Hour Detroit magazine.

Tammy has a deep knowledge of spirits and cocktails, but isn’t connected to any particular brands or products. So while she’s happy to recommend things she likes, she won’t ever try to sell you anything but her next class (and maybe her book). 

Tammy is skilled enough to teach you the proper, sometimes complex steps to make a proper drink-of-the-class, but is also knowledgeable enough to help you deal with adapting it on the fly.  – Marguerite

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Enjoy cocktails for every season, each distilling the best of the Great Lakes State

Cheers to Michigan is a toast to cocktail culture in the Mitten and the state’s flourishing craft cocktail and distillery movements. Based on Cheers!, Tammy Coxen and Lester Graham’s popular cocktail segment on Michigan Radio (NPR), this book gathers forty-five of the authors’ favorite cocktail recipes celebrating the Great Lakes State—its history, its people, its culture, even its weather! Throughout, the authors mix in dashes of Michigan’s fascinating drinking history, entertaining profiles of award-winning cocktail bars, distilleries, and individual spirits from the region, as well as helpful tidbits for preparing top-shelf cocktails on your own.

Where to Buy

Order from University of Michigan Press or Amazon. Even better, buy local! Especially for those of you in Michigan, if your local bookstore doesn’t have it, please ask them to order it.

Tammy has a deep knowledge of cocktail mixing and “lore” that she dips into to make her classes practical, yummy, and intriguing. Just as important, they are lighthearted and fun! Guaranteed to be a boatload more entertaining than your other Zoom meetings during the lockdown!  — Danny & Chris

Tammy on Michigan Radio 

Tammy appears regularly on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program, talking with host Lester Graham about cocktails with a Michigan twist.

Contact us to book Tammy for your radio show, television show, or podcast.

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Tammy has a way of sharing her passion and knowledge for cocktail history with others. You will always learn something new and have fun trying unique drink recipes!  – Michelle