Tammy’s Tastings was founded in 2006 to help people learn about food and drink in a delicious and entertaining way. From our regularly scheduled online & in-person cocktail classes to corporate and private events, we work with people to find out what they’d like to learn about food and drink and help them do that in a delicious, entertaining, and slightly educational way. Our events are good for all occasions, from corporate team building and customer appreciation events, to birthday and bachelorette parties, to book clubs and other social groups. Each event is tailored to the specific occasion and audience, and available for nearly every budget and timeframe. And while Tammy is the heart of Tammy’s Tastings, we have a fully qualified team capable of delivering a wide range of events.
We are based in Ann Arbor, MI and primarily serve Detroit, Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Travel outside the area is possible. Contact Us for more information.
Founder & Chief Tasting Officer
As the founder and Chief Tasting Officer of Tammy’s Tastings, Tammy Coxen has been sharing her enthusiasm for food and drink for over 15 years. 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. In 2020 she took 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 has written for Hour Detroit magazine and other publications.. Her favorite drink is usually the one she’s never tried before.
Ken is a construction manager for U of M by day, and Tammy’s right-hand man when she needs additional staff for events. Ken is a huge sports fan, especially of college football, hockey and lacrosse. He has an affinity for bourbon drinks and amber ales.
Rebecca Morrow is a long-time hospitality worker with over 15 years of bartending and serving experience. She finds joy in sharing her gained knowledge with others embracing opportunities to “nerd out” about food and beverage. Rebecca is an eclectic drinker who’s visited 100 breweries across the state with her husband Alan
After starting her career as a high school history and government teacher, Rebecca quickly realized that her true passion was for creating delicious food and teaching others how to do the same. When not helping Tammy, she works as an executive chef for Busch’s Fresh Food Market. Ever the historian, Rebecca enjoys learning about the history of spirits, craft cocktails, beer, and wine, and has been known to partake of such beverages on occasion.
When not helping Tammy with events, Allan is a software developer for University of Michigan Hospitals and an avid baker who loves making bread styles from all around the world. Allan enjoys spending his evenings after work sitting at the piano with most any kind of good drink, but if forced to choose, his default cocktail would be The Last Word.
Lisa Armstrong is an administrator at the University of Michigan and is a passionate foodie. She is always seeking out new foods and beverages in her travels and uses them creatively at home since she doesn’t often like to eat the same thing twice. Bourbon is her go to but loves to try spirits and drinks from around the world.
Book & Writing
Cheers to Michigan
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
Hour Detroit is a monthly print magazine covering the Metro Detroit area. Each month the magazine brings readers stories of regional interest along with the best restaurants, clubs, events and useful resources. From January 2021 to March of 2022 Tammy wrote the Drinks column, highlighting the best of the region’s drinks culture, including wine, beer, cocktails and even non-alcoholic libations. View past columns here.
Radio & Video
Tammy appears regularly on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program, talking with host Lester Graham about cocktails with a Michigan twist. Listen in to the latest segments here.
The Art of the Craft Cocktail
Edible WOW, November 10, 2021
Shaking or Stirring with Tammy Coxen
The Best Advice Show podcast, September 17, 2021
Homemade Drinks Enjoying Increasing Popularity
The Buttonwood Tree, April 27, 2021
Lecturer comes up with creative pandemic diversion
The University Record, March 29, 2021
A New Year to Remember: Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Epic Zoom New Year’s Party
The Detroit Jewish News, January 1, 2021
Tammy Coxen of Tammy’s Tastings: From Census Data to Craft Cocktails
The Verse, December 27, 2020
After this year to end all years I truly believe we could all use a well-crafted cocktail
saramoulton.com, December 18, 2020
Maize Graze: Cocktail Time
Michigan Alumnus, December 2020
The State That Quietly Became the Midwest’s Craft Spirits Capital
Wine Enthusiast, November 30, 2020
Go Exploring with 100 Things to Do in Ann Arbor Before You Die
The Sun Times News, November 14, 2020
Small Biz Saturday: Tammy’s Tastings takes cocktail classes online
ClickOnDetroit/All About Ann Arbor, August 1, 2020
New book salutes Michigan cocktail culture
The Detroit News, December 27, 2019
New Book ‘Cheers to Michigan’ Explores State’s Cocktail Culture, Booze Legacy
Daily Detroit, September 25, 2019
May it Please the Palate: Cheers to Michigan
Detroit Legal News, September 23, 2019
The ultimate Ann Arbor-area holiday gift guide
Mlive.com, December 11, 2014
Taste education goes ‘Beyond Buzzwords’ with Tammy Coxen
The Ann Arbor News, August 1, 2012
Shhh! Underground Supper Clubs
Concentrate, August 24, 2011