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The favorite cocktails from 7 of Lansing’s prominent people

In honor of our 2017 bar issue, we wanted to get a feel for popular drinks around the city. So, we reached out to some influential people around town to gauge the types of drinks they’d go for if you took them out on the town.

Andy Schor – State Representative

To be honest, I’m a beer guy. I generally drink beer when we go out. I like the microbrews. I like brown beers, and I drink anything except for IPAs; they are too hoppy. I like Short’s, and I like Lansing Brewing Co.’s cream ale. As far as hard liquor goes, I don’t know. I’d drink whatever somebody recommended. I don’t drink a lot of hard alcohol, so I don’t have a preferred thing. I drink a glass of wine from time to time, but not a lot of cocktails. I’ve got to learn to.

Kathie Dunbar – At-Large Councilmember

The Moscow Mule. I have no idea where I discovered it, and I’ve become a ginger beer snob because of it. I get all of my ginger beer at Horrocks. And, my favorite place to get it is REO Town pub because they have excellent ginger beer and use fresh mint — a lot of people don’t use that, and you can’t just use the lime.

Jack Davis – Lansing Attorney and Board of Education Member

Mine is probably a Southern Comfort on the rocks. It’s just smooth, and I really like the mellow taste it has.

The first time I had it was when I was about 50 — I’m 78 now.

Peter Spadafore – Lansing City Council Candidate and Current Board of Education Member

I would have to say Manhattan on the rocks. I only got into it recently, but I enjoy the bitter flavor and sweet flavor mix. It’s really not a bad way to wind down. And the best part is every bartender can make it.

Pat Lindemann – Ingham County Drain Commissioner

Argentina Malbec tends to be a nice variety, although my favorites are southern Italian wines.

Anywhere from Florence South or Tuscany. There’s nice wines coming out of some areas near Naples that I really like. I don’t drink too much, but I enjoy a drink. The type of bar I like to go to is something that is unique.

Mark Meadows – Mayor East Lansing

I tend to be a beer person frankly. I love craft beers if I was going to get a mixed drink, I order a “Meadows Manhattan, ” Bourbon and Aperol and slice of orange.

It was more of an accident than anything else. My wife had been biking in Europe, in Italy to be specific, and she brought back this Aperol spritzer drink that was pretty common in Italy.

One day, I thought, instead of putting in sweet vermouth into a Manhattan, I thought I’d put in some Aperol, and it was great. Also, I like an IPA, and I’m willing to try any kind of IPA. I don’t really have a favorite brand, but I do prefer craft beers.

Berl Schwartz – Publisher, Lansing City Pulse

I love Manhattan. I am down to one visit a year, but starting in college in Philadelphia I’d take the train frequently to visit.

There are many ways to make a Manhattan drink, but when I mix one at home, I favor a ratio of 3:1 whiskey to sweet Vermouth. Having spent several years in Kentucky, I used to use bourbon, but a few years back I started frequenting the English Inn, which uses rye. That suited my taste better — just a bit lighter. Add a dash of bitters and shake it over ice and pour. Some prefer it straight up like a martini, but I prefer it on the rocks — I savor the melting ice. Don’t forget the cherry.


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