Cheers to the fourth annual Cocktail Week GR!

Over 35 restaurants, bars, and distilleries are putting their creativity on display with specially crafted Cocktail Week GR spirits, recommended food pairings, and cocktail themed events for locals and visitors to enjoy a taste (or, sip) of Grand Rapids’ craft cocktail scene.

Grab a friend and experience the festivities from Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 18.

“A sampling” of Cocktail Week GR highlights...

Linear Restaurant

A recent addition to the Grand Rapids dining scene, Linear Restaurant will be offering two new cocktails and a delicious pairing appetizer for their first year as a Cocktail Week GR participant.

Featuring locally produced Gray Skies Distillery’s Barrel Finished Gin, Linear’s "Let the Story Be-Gin" is crafted with Luxardo maraschino cherry liqueur, Dolin sweet vermouth, house-made bitters, and sage garnish.

The limited-time spirit is served in a coupe glass that is even better when enjoyed with its recommended pairing: Roasted Carrot Pot de Creme. The exclusive Cocktail Week GR dish is made with scallops, green apples, shallots, and tarragon with focaccia.

Also available throughout Cocktail Week GR is Linear’s “Swing Your Partner No-ci-no," made with House Infused Vanilla Vodka, Long Road Distillers Nocino, Frangelico, tarragon tincture, topped with warm cider, and bruléed orange slice, served within a tulip glass

Looking to indulge your sweet tooth? No problem!

Photo Credit: Love's Ice Cream

Love’s Ice Cream

Looking to indulge your sweet tooth? No problem!

Love’s Ice Cream will be offering cocktail-ice cream floats, designed to bring out the child in any cocktail lover.

Love’s “Mixed Berry Collins Float” features New Holland Brewing's Knickerbocker Barrel Gin mixed with their house-made Michigan berries syrup, and topped with a scoop of velvety smooth Strawberry gelato.

If you’re a whiskey connoisseur, make sure to try the “Whiskey Ginger Float” made with Bulleit 95 Rye Whisky, mixed with Love’s homemade Michigan ginger syrup, and topped with a scoop of classic vanilla ice cream.

Sorry kids, these ice cream floats are not for sharing. But, Love’s Ice Cream does offer a variety of kid-friendly sweet treats - san alcohol.

Participate in one of Long Road Distillers many Cocktail Week GR events, and don't forget to indulge in their limited time offerings.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

Long Road Distillers

Visit the Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery in 2017 and 2018 (per USA Today readers), Long Road Distillers, as the celebrate the Long Road MICHIGIN Batch No. 3 Release Party on Wednesday, November 7!

Voted the "Best Gin in the World" at the Fifty Best Competition in 2016 and 2017, MICHIGIN, is made with Heffron Farms’ red winter wheat and handpicked juniper from Beaver Island, Michigan. In fact, Long Road Distillers’ staff handpicks the juniper!

On November 7 from 4 PM to 7 PM enjoy $3 snacks, followed by half-off gin cocktails and MICHIGIN pours from 7 PM to Midnight.

Long Road Distillers will also offer half-off facility tours during Cocktail Week GR so the public can tour its distilling processes and learn more about its overall distilling philosophy. Guests can tour the facility for only $5 on the following dates, and registration is required:

  • Friday, November 9 at 4 PM

  • Saturday, November 10 at 1 PM

  • Saturday, November 10 at 2:30 PM

Tours last around an hour and are led by a Long Road Distillers’ friendly distilling expert. Plus, facility tours conclude with spirit tastings. Enjoy!

Stop by Gray Skies Distillery to try its Straight Rye Whiskey, or its three speciality Cocktail Week GR cocktails, all made with the new spirit.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

Gray Skies Distillery

Gray Skies Distillery will also celebrate the launch of a new spirit during Cocktail Week GR! Stop by Gray Skies Distillery to try its Straight Rye Whiskey, or its three speciality Cocktail Week GR cocktails, all made with the new spirit.

Try Gray Skies Distillery’s “Knights at the Round Table” made with Straight Rye Whiskey, walnut amaro, cardamom, cold brew coffee, lemon, and aromatic bitters for a perfect fall concoction.

For something a little sweeter try Gray Skies’ “Rock n’ Rye” made with with Straight Rye Whiskey, kola, strawberry-basil, and cherry liqueurs rounded out with vanilla-birch-caramel syrup, chocolate bitters, and soda water.

Last, but certainly not least, try Gray Skies’ “Reptilian” featuring the Straight Rye Whiskey something different featuring straight rye, lemon, turbinado, egg white, and absinthe rinse and aromatic bitters.

Which Straight Rye Whiskey spirit are you most excited to try? Make sure to try Gray Skies Distillery’s limited-release $3 truffles made with Mokaya chocolates, which will be available throughout Cocktail Week GR as well.

International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

Wrapping up Cocktail Week GR is the International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival taking place at the DeVos Place Convention Center from November 15-17. In its 11th year, the Festival has over 1,500 wine, beer, cider, and spirit options from around the world, along with delicious food, for guests to sample and purchase.

Make sure to stop by the Festival’s Hemingway Hall to sample and peruse the large selection of Michigan-made spirits. Guests will also be mesmerized by the intricate cocktail demonstrations on-site.

Enjoy Responsibly!

Please enjoy Cocktail Week GR responsibly. If you're looking for a ride home or to your hotel, Grand Rapids offers a wide variety of transportation services. Check out the Experience Grand Rapids Transportation page to help you get around town without having to get behind the wheel.

Cocktail Week GR is the perfect mix of libations and learning. What spirit are you most excited to try during this year’s festivities?

For a full list of events, offerings, and participants visit the Cocktail Week GR page, or check out a previous blog post to learn more about Grand Rapids’ cocktail bars.