So, get ready to break in your at-home bar cart, because once you discover the art of the craft cocktail here in Frankenmuth, your family and friends will be begging their new mixologist to whip up that knock-you-off-your-feet Negroni or that made-in-heaven Manhattan time and time again!

Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie

Don’t let the name fool you: while Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie is well known for its impressive selection of worldly wines (not to mention, wines on tap), this modern, European-patterned wine bar is equally known for its wow-worthy menu of stirred, built, and shaken craft cocktails. Savor the house-made syrups, soak in the simple, clean flavors of freshly mashed and muddled fruits and herbs, and sip slowly on these craft creations – where every infusion is intentional and each liquor incorporated is good down to the very last drop.

Here, the Whiskey Sour is made with fresh-squeezed citrus, the Old Fashioned with homemade simple syrup. Sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters reign supreme, and every drink is stirred, shaken, or built to be a work of art all its own. Sip on the signature Manhattan or the Martinez, bask in the Boulevardier or the Brooklyn, but, whatever you’re having from this surprising & signature craft cocktail menu – save space for a custom charcuterie board, gourmet pressed panini, or some shareable small plates to complement the spirits!

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Grand Traverse Distillery With Black Star Farms – Frankenmuth Tasting Room

When you find yourself seated inside Grand Traverse Distillery’s Tasting Room at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, prepare to ready some extra room in your luggage or the trunk of your rental. Because, once here, the craft cocktail inspiration starts flowing and your at-home bar starts calling for bottles upon bottles of the good stuff! Best of all, the spirits you’ll find here are fully American-made, using Michigan agriculture in their makeup. Vodka to whiskey, gin to rum – you’ll find yourself savoring every one here at GTD’s Frankenmuth Tasting Room.

Sample rare releases like True North Cherry, Chocolate, or even Chipotle Vodka if a taste of the unusual is what you’re after. Or, keep it classic with no-fuss favorites like the 100% Straight Bourbon Whiskey or Small Batch Rye Whiskey. Whichever spirits spark your interest, be sure to pour over their custom craft cocktail menu, so you can stock up and stay inspired to create the perfect concoction at home.

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Blair Cook

Blair Cook, a Go Great Lakes Bay native, is the Founder + Creative Director at Brandscape, a boutique marketing firm that helps Pure Michigan businesses build their brands with handspun, original content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories and travel tips about the places she loves!