Cheers to Michigan

A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers

Cheers to Michigan

A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers

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 – Nicola’s and Literati in Ann Arbor both carry Cheers to Michigan, and if your local bookstore doesn’t have it, please ask them to order it. Books can also be purchased from Tammy directly after classes and events.

Listen to Tammy and Lester on Daily Detroit

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As Graham and Coxen explain in today’s episode, the book is part recipes, a little how-to and a lot of Michigan history stirred in the shaker. It covers everything from Detroit’s outsize role in bootlegging during Prohibition to the city’s invention of three famous cocktails, and the current boom in craft cocktails and craft distilleries. So belly up and have a listen.”  

Read about Cheers to Michigan in the Detroit News

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The book…features drinks that virtually disappeared in the 1970s and 80s — what Coxen calls “the cocktail’s Dark Ages” — including The Last Word, first whipped up at the Detroit Athletic Club in 1916, but which even that august institution had forgotten.”  Read now

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 – Nicola’s and Literati in Ann Arbor both carry Cheers to Michigan, and if your local bookstore doesn’t have it, please ask them to order it. Books can also be purchased from Tammy directly after classes and events.

Listen to Tammy and Lester on Daily Detroit

daily detroit logo

As Graham and Coxen explain in today’s episode, the book is part recipes, a little how-to and a lot of Michigan history stirred in the shaker. It covers everything from Detroit’s outsize role in bootlegging during Prohibition to the city’s invention of three famous cocktails, and the current boom in craft cocktails and craft distilleries. So belly up and have a listen.”  

Read about Cheers to Michigan in the Detroit News

detroit news logo

The book…features drinks that virtually disappeared in the 1970s and 80s — what Coxen calls “the cocktail’s Dark Ages” — including The Last Word, first whipped up at the Detroit Athletic Club in 1916, but which even that august institution had forgotten.”  Read now