Friday Cocktail Hour: Social Medicine by Mickey Humpula of Low Bar

eatdrinkTC’s Friday Cocktail Hour is a brand new feature where we’ll feature original cocktails from some of Traverse City’s most creative cocktail artists. Our thanks go out to Michael Ruhlman for letting us share his Friday Cocktail Hour concept. Tune in next Friday for another!

Mickey Humpula is a bartender at Low Bar in Traverse City and is one of the creative minds behind their custom cocktail menu. He’s led a colorful life that includes 5 years in an ice factory. In addition to tending bar, he’s worked as a farmer, baker, cook and caterer. Mickey rides his bike a lot and dreams of homesteading.

Mickey and the completed "Social Medicine"

Mickey and the completed “Social Medicine”

Mickey named this cocktail “Social Medicine” and prescribes it for increasing sociability and false courage. Find him and his cocktails tonight at Low Bar!

Social Medicine

2 slices of lemon
1 oz Art in the Age of Root
.75 oz brown sugar simple syrup
1.5 oz Sparkle Donkey Tequila
.5 oz Pimms
6-7 drops house bitters
6 ice cubes
4.5 ounces soda water

Muddle lemons in tumbler. Add all ingredients except for the soda water and shake for ten seconds. Add soda water to tumbler, lightly stir, gently pour into a zombie glass and serve.

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You may not be familiar with Art in the Age’s “Root” so here you go:

In the 1700’s, it was called “Root Tea.” An herbal remedy made with sassafras, sarsaparilla, birch bark and other wild roots and herbs. Native Americans taught the recipe to colonial settlers. As it was passed it down from generation to generation, it grew in potency and complexity. Particularly in the Pennsylvania hinterlands, where the ingredients naturally grow in abundance.

In response to the Temperance Movement, a Philadelphia pharmacist removed the alcohol from Root Tea and rechristened it “Root Beer”. Art in the Age thought it would be interesting and fun to turn back the clock and recreate a true pre-temperance alcoholic Root Tea. It’s certified organic, since back then, everything was organic. It is NOT Root Beer flavored vodka or a sickly sweet liqueur.

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Parallel 45's Ben Whiting gets ready for the Green Room Romp

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