After of talking about checking out the Sugar House bar in Detroit for months, Dave and I along with our friends, Katie and Kyle, finally got a chance to try it. The Sugar House bar is a small craft cocktail bar in Corktown right next door to Slows Bar BQ. It’s fairly small, dark, and intimate. There is both seating at small tables as well as at the bar. Their menu changes seasonally as well as from week to week. I found some of the names and descriptions of what we had on their blog, for the rest, I’ll do my best. It was very dark inside, so that explains the lack of photos. Sorry!
I started off with the Clarified Cognac Milk Punch which was made of Cognac, sugar, lemon juice, water, and milk that is clarified by pouring the liquid through filters. When the drink was set down before me I was a little confused because the cocktail doesn’t look like it contains any milk as it’s crystal clear. Despite my shock at it’s unexpected appearance, the drink was delicious and Katie ordered it for her second round.
For her second round, Katie tried the Hot House Shrub which was made with lemon peel-infused gin, house made tonic, celery shrub (which is kind of like a sweet and sour), and basil. I am not a fan of gin, I usually only tolerate it in Long Island Iced Teas, but I tried the Hot House Shrub and really liked it. It was lemony, bubbly, and refreshing. I considered getting it for my second round, but went with the Root Beer Flip which contained a whole raw egg! Along with the raw egg, it also contained black strap rum, root liqueur, and canela (cinnamon) syrup. The egg gave the drink a great body and nice richness to it. I enjoyed it very much.
For Dave’s first round, he tried a hot buttered bourbon and Kyle had a drink that started with bourbon, but ended up tasting like scotch. It arrived at the table in a corked bottle full of smoke which then imparted a lot of flavor. Both of them tried bourbon drinks for their second round, but I don’t remember any of the details and it wasn’t because I had too much to drink! They were complex cocktails!
Overall, we all loved the Sugar House and would definitely go back again. Some might think it expensive, but you really get what you pay for. The drinks were crafted by experts using high quality ingredients, our waiter was very knowledgeable, approachable, and gave great recommendations.