10 Bars and The Cocktails They Inspire

Have you ever looked at something and it inspired a thought or feeling? Do you ever just see a place or thing and think about other things like food or drinks. If so then these bars from past jobs are sure to make you think of some pretty awesome things. We were looking at them and they made us think which cocktail would go best with this design. Take a look at some these amazing lower level bars with the corresponding drink that they inspire. Do you agree with our choices?

South Lyon, MI basement bar inspires the Mojito


  • Jennifer’s bar in South Lyon, MI with the grey cabinets, granite tops, blue walls and white ledger stone backsplash inspired a classic Mojito to us. What do you think? This drink mixes fresh lime juice, mint leaves, sugar, club soda and white rum. Classic Mojito Recipe.

finished basement bar with dark cabinetry and pendant lights


  • Lukasz’s bar with its Chocolate cabinetry, quartz top, black and white mosaic backsplash gives off a classic vibe. We decided a Cosmopolitan would be a good recipe to fit this one, what do you think? A combination of vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice are what make a classic cosmopolitan. For the full recipe follow this link.

Novi, MI finished basement bar inspires the Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze

  • Johns bar in Novi, MI With the chocolate cabinets, quartz top, glass shelves and North Star paint made us think of a sea breeze. This drink comprised of vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice is light and refreshing. For the full recipe follow this link.

Commerce, MI Basements Plus bar inspires the Apple Jack drink

Apple Jack

  • Angelo’s bar in Commerce, MI with its weather wood half wall and unwrapped post boast a simpler feel. We choose a simple Apple Jack for this bar, all you do is mix some Jack Daniels and Apple Juice or Cider(your preference) and there you have it.


oakland township michigan finished basement bar inspires Jamison & Ginger drink

Jamison & Ginger

  • Russel’s bar in Oakland Township, MI with the chocolate cabinets, ceramic tile backsplash, bar rail, wrapped beam and half wall, is reminiscent of a traditional pub. For this bar we decided on a Jamison & Ginger for the cocktail. It is pretty simple to make as it only has 3 ingredients; Jameson Irish Whiskey, Ginger (Soda or Beer) and a lime wedge. For full recipe follow this Link.

Oakland Township, MI finished basement bar with blue LED lighting inspires Cupids Blue drink

Cupids Blue

Van Buren, MI FIinished basement inspires Spanish Coffee drink

Spanish Coffee

  • Jeff’s bar in Van Buren Township, MI with the Thatch cabinetry and brown and white backsplash bring in thoughts of a nice warm cup of coffee. The drink chosen for this one is a Spanish Coffee, the ingredients are coffee, lime juice, sugar, heavy cream, nutmeg, triple sec, rum and cinnamon liquor. For full recipe follow this link.

Novi, MI finished basement bar inspires Old Fashioned drink


  • Mike’s bar in Novi, MI with the wrapped poles and soffits gives off a pub feel. With this one we paired an old fashioned. It contains sugar, bitters and whiskey simple yet classic, like this bar feels. For full recipe follow this Link. 

Franklin MI rustic finished basement with concrete countertops inspires Moscow Mule drink

Moscow Mule

Oakland, Mi finished basement bar inspires Cha Cha Slide drink

Cha Cha Slide

  • Lorraine’s bar in Oakland, MI with the Thatch cabinetry and Smoke of London Granite top has a lot of movement whether from the natural inconsistencies of the stain to the natural movement of the granite really inspired us to pick a drink that inspires movement. The Cha Cha Slide cocktail made of RumChata, Khalua, Amaretto, Whipped Vodka and Ice Cream. For full recipe follow this Link.


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