New Spring Drinks Around Metro Detroit, Plus More Food News

Food and drink news

Daxton’s new cocktail menu: Geode Bar & Lounge within the Daxton Hotel has a new drinks menu. The new cocktails are meant to pair well with a Thursday night live jazz series in the lounge. Look out for Bubble Birmingham with Beefeater Gin, St. Germain, Prosecco, Lemongrass, Pea Flower Tea, and simple syrup. For something a little more powerful, Golden Horse has Tito vodka infused with truffle, dry vermouth, and gold flakes. 298 S Old Woodward, Birmingham. (248) 283-4200.

Hazel’s Spring Drinks: Refreshing spring cocktails with and without alcohol thrive on the menu at Hazel’s. Try the Orange Crush with orange vodka, Naranja Orange Liqueur, fresh orange juice and sprite or the June & Tonic mocktail with juniper, cucumber, mint and lemon. 1 Peabody, Birmingham. (248) 671-1714.

New beers at Royal Oak Brewery: Head Brewery Jeremy Altier introduced three new beers at Royal Oak Brewery, the oldest brewery in Oakland County. A strong, golden Belgian beer, a full-bodied, slightly spicy drink, an easy-drinking brown beer and an IPA-like dulling beer. The brewery is open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays. 215 E. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 544-1141.

Traverse City Whiskey Company launched Lakeside Beach: A new limited-edition spirit titled American Lakeside Peach Whiskey is available from Traverse City Whiskey Co. in seven states, including Michigan. The 70-piece whiskey, made with Michigan plums, is sold at Meijer and Total Wine & More.

Buddy’s grand opening raised $11,000: When Buddy’s Pizza opened its newest location in Clarkston last month, all opening-day sales were donated to Lighthouse MI, which aims to help the homeless and poor in Oakland County. The Michigan-based pizza brand has managed to raise and donate $11,000. Visit or for more information.

Opening of Kura Sushi Restaurant in Novi: This summer, Michigan will get its second location at Kura Sushi. The Japanese restaurant is famous for its two-tier conveyor belt service system, and also has automated servers. The first location in Troy opened in early 2021. The new restaurant will be at 26425 Novi Street, Suite C in Novi. Visit

Food and drink events

A sneak peek into the kitchen at Brew Detroit: Before Brew Detroit’s new kitchen is ready, the brewery offers a sneak peek at what the menu looks like from their food truck. Expect loaded fries, Bavarian pastries, sandwiches, and more beer flavour. 3-10 pm Saturday. 1401 Abbott, Detroit. (313) 974-7366.

Brew Zoo at the Detroit Zoo: Sample over 80 products from Michigan’s artisanal brewery scene and enjoy live entertainment and games while checking out the zoo’s award-winning habitats. 6 to 10 p.m. on May 21. 8450 W 10 mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717.

Dinner at Nona’s at Gray Ghost: Celebrate Father’s Day with a family-style Italian three-course dinner from chefs John Vermiglio, Joe Giacomino of Gray Ghost and James Rigato of Mabel Gray. 3 and 5:30 p.m. June 19. $80 per person plus taxes and service fees. 47 E. Watson, Detroit. Bookings at

Summer Somm Slam at Oak & Reel: Oak & Reel’s bartenders, Melissa Wilson and Bruce Welts, will compete against SheWolf Somm Dan Reinisch for bragging rights at this elaborate five-course dinner. For each course, guests will vote on which wine pair they think is the best. It’s 6:30 p.m. on July 11. $225 per person. 2921 E. Grand Blvd. , Detroit. (313) 270-9600. Book tickets on

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