With less than 500 inhabitants, the city of Thompsonville, Michigan is known for two things: the skiing at Crystal Mountain and Iron Fish Distillery’s award-winning craft spirits. Founded by two married couples, Iron Fish Distillery is Michigan’s first farm distillery since Prohibition.

Founded in 2015 by Heidi Bogler, David Wallace, Sarah and Richard Anderson, Iron Fish Distillery had slowly been developing over the years. In 2011, Heidi and David bought a fallow farm with little idea of what to do with it. That changed in 2013 when David and Richard went to Scotland. While touring distilleries, they thought they could do this in Michigan. A few business and distilling classes later, Iron Fish Distillery was founded.

Iron Fish Distillery reworked the land of their revitalized farm, growing winter wheat and rye. Each of their award-winning gins, vodkas, whiskeys and rums get their start with those grains. If they don’t grow it, it’s sourced from fellow farmers in Northern Michigan. The result? A sip that warms you even on a winter day.

Salted Maple Old Fashioned

  • 1/2 Bar Spoon (1/4 oz.) of Maple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Maple Bourbon
  • 2-3 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • 5 Salt Flaks and Orange Twist (garnish)
Glass: Rocks Build in glass, ice, and stir until chilled. This drink also tastes great with Iron Fish Experimental Barrel Finished Gin!

The Heartbreaker

  • 0.5 oz. Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 0.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Walnut Bitters
  • 2 oz. Iron Fish Dark Rum
In rocks glass add bitters, cinnamon syrup, sweet vermouth, and dark rum. Add ice and stir until chilled, then garnish with candied walnut.

Nessen City Sour

  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Apple Cider
  • 1 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
  • 2 oz. Michigan Wheat White Whiskey
In a mixing glass combine all ingredients, top with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with cinnamon stick.

A Dog Named Rosemary

  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Michigan Winter Wheat Vodka
  • Fresh Grapefruit Juice
Salt rim of collins glass, add ice, vodka, rosemary syrup, and fill the rest of the glass with grapefruit juice. Stir cocktail with bar spoon, garnish with fresh rosemary.

White Cosmo

  • 0.5 oz. Orange Liqueur
  • 0.75 oz. White Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz. Michigan Winter Wheat Vodka
  • Splash of Lime Juice
In a mixing glass add ingredients, add ice, and stir until chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with orange twist.


  • 1.5 oz. Iron Fish Distillery Experimental Gin
  • 3 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Rosemary/Sage Simple Syrup
  • Dash of Lemon Juice
  • Rosemary or Sage Leaf
Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a highball glass over ice and garnish with rosemary or sage leaf.

Smoked Pineapple

  • 0.5 oz. Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Spiced Pineapple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. Michigan Wheat White Whiskey
Add ice, shake, and strain into a rocks glass.

Joe Green

  • 1 Large Lemon Slice
  • 1 Level Bar Spoon Sugar
  • 1 Seeded Jalapeno Slice
  • 2.5 oz. Michigan Winter Wheat Vodka
  • 3 Dashes Black Pepper
  • 4 Mint Leaves
  • Jalapeno Slice on pick
Pur all ingredients into mixing glass. Add ice, shake, double strain into a chilled martini glass.

Wile E. Coyote

  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Jalapeno Infused Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Candy Manor Gin
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Cilantro
  • 6 Large Mint Leaves
Place the cilantro and mint in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add gin, lime juice, and jalapeno syrup, top with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass and garnish.\n>>>>\nJalapeno Infused Simple Syrup:\n1:1 Water and white sugar, cooked until sugar is dissolved. While syrup is still very warm, add 1 or 2 halved, seeded Jalapeno peppers. Allow to infuse for 1-1.5 hours. Remove peppers and store syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Keeps for 4-6 weeks.

Green Point

  • .25 oz. lime juice
  • .75 oz. Limecello
  • 0.5 oz. Rosemary Syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Michigan Woodland Gin
Add ice, shake, and double strain into a martini or coupe glass.

Bloody Mary

  • 2 oz. Michigan Rye Vodka
  • 4.5 oz. Bloody Mix of Your Choice
  • Garnish with celery, pickle, cucumber slice, jalapeno slice, pepper jack cheese, olive, and cherry t
  • Horseradish Vodka
Combine all ingredients into a large Collins glass and garnish.\n>>>>\nHorseradish Infused Vodka: \nRough chop 1 cup of fresh horseradish and steep in one 750mL bottle of vodka for 24 hours.