January 24, 2021

Barrel Back's Hendrick’s Strawberry Jive

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | July 11, 2020

You have not tasted summer on Walloon Lake until you have sipped a Hendrick’s Strawberry Jive at Barrel Back restaurant. The ingredients are pure and simple — Hendrick’s gin, muddled mint, basil, strawberries, lemon juice, orange juice, and simple syrup — but the result is a complex yet very well-balanced cocktail.

Caleb Helsey, bartender at the casual upstairs eatery overlooking the water, credits the Jive’s citrus for cutting its sweet, the herbs for elevating its berries, and all ingredients for playing so well off each other. We suggest you make a play for one soon. Note: Not only is patio seating available, thanks to the expansive eatery’s walls, which are made up almost entirely of massive windows — rolled up and open nearly every day in summer — “inside” seating feels a lot more like “covered, fresh open-air deck.”

Find Barrel Back Restaurant, open 8:30am–10:30pm daily for curbside, dockside, and dine-in service, at 4069 M-75. More info and online ordering at www.barrel-back.com. (231) 535-600.

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