November 30, 2021

TC Whiskey’s Sweater Weather

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Oct. 30, 2021

While the rest of us reluctantly unpacked our fall clothes, Traverse City Whiskey Co. was conserving summer, cocktail-style. “We had so much fun with our ‘Fr-iskey’ [frozen] drink,” says resident ‘cocktail genius,’ Diane Corcoran, “that we wanted to keep that going for fall.” But how do you autumn-ize an ice-cold mix? Easy: add cider (and a healthy bit of booze, of course). Featuring TC Whiskey’s signature Michigan Apple Whiskey — “We really wanted to showcase that,” says Diane — the spanking new Sweater Weather cocktail (named for the iconic SNL skit) is all about layers of flavor.

It begins with the house’s own apple whiskey and citrus seltzer “highball, plus apple cider. Finished with fresh lemon juice and a splash of simple syrup, this tart little tincture is blended with ice then garnished with a drizzle of maple syrup, a cinnamon stick, and — optional but encouraged — apple slices. The perfect heated-patio pour, no matter the weather. $9 at Traverse City Whiskey’s tasting room, 201 E. 14th Street, Traverse City. (231) 922-8292.

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