This July we are teaming up with a dynamic duo to present our summer cocktail and book pairings each Wednesday evening! Tammy Coxen and Lester Graham kick off this series by sharing their book Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers. In following weeks they will help us in pairing our favorite summer reads with delightful and refreshing craft cocktails!
ABOUT THE BOOK THIS WEEK:
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. Order your copy here.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Tammy Coxen is a professional cocktail enthusiast, and the Chief Tasting Officer of Tammy's Tastings. 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. Now she's taken those classes online, exploring the history, stories, and mixing techniques behind some of the world's most famous cocktails.
Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report on Michigan Radio. He previously hosted Stateside on Fridays for four years. During more than two decades with Michigan Radio he reported on the Detroit bankruptcy, Michigan politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. For the first twelve years with Michigan Radio he reported on the environment for a consortium of dozens of Great Lakes public radio stations and later for 160 stations nationwide. He has been a journalist since 1985 has been the recipient of 15 first place national awards for journalism excellence and scores more awards at the national, state, regional and state levels.