Cheers to Michigan

A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers

Subjects: Michigan and the Great Lakes, History, Food and Drink
Paperback : 9780472037520, 144 pages, 94 color photos, 1 table, 5 x 8, August 2019
Ebook : 9780472126002, 144 pages, 94 color photos, 1 table, 5 x 8, August 2019
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Enjoy cocktails for every season, each distilling the best of the Great Lakes State

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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!, Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen’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.

Learn how to mix a Bullshot, the Detroit-born cocktail containing Campbell’s Beef Broth—Marilyn Monroe famously called the drink “a horrible thing to do to vodka.” Or try out the authors’ Whiskey Sour recipe honoring the true story of Valentine Goesaert, a Dearborn woman who challenged the constitutionality of a Michigan law prohibiting female bartenders and in 1948 took her case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Whether you’re a fan of whiskey, gin, or vodka—of the latest cocktail trends or all-time classic drinks—there’s something in this book for all tastes. What’s constant is that each drink showcases a uniquely Michigan twist, making this book perfect for anyone who loves the state, its history and culture, or simply the delicious, delightful, and distinctive cocktails it has inspired.


Tammy Coxen is the owner of Tammy’s Tastings in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where for over a decade she’s created unique food and drink experiences for clients. Tammy teaches public cocktail classes at The Last Word and enjoys sharing her cocktail enthusiasm with private and corporate groups large and small.
Lester Graham is a nationally award-winning reporter at Michigan Radio and host of Stateside and The Environment Report, where he covers a wide range of news and policy issues in the state. Tammy and Lester co-host Michigan Radio's biweekly Cheers! segment.

Watch: Virtual Author Event | Link | 11/28/2021
Read: "Maize Craze: Cocktail Time" in the Michigan Alumnus Link | Winter 2020
Listen: Tammy Coxen and Lester Graham on Daily Detroit Link | 09/25/2019
Read: "New book salutes Michigan cocktail culture" in The Detroit News Link | 12/27/2019