Michigan Runner
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Michigan Runner
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Rating

3.97 / 5
The Michigan Runner is a robust, no-frills shooter that packs a punch with its straightforward mix of whiskey and amaretto. The nutty sweetness of the amaretto complements the bold, oaky ... more The Michigan Runner is a robust, no-frills shooter that packs a punch with its straightforward mix of whiskey and amaretto. The nutty sweetness of the amaretto complements the bold, oaky flavors of the whiskey, creating a cocktail that's designed for those who appreciate the warmth and depth of dark spirits. Typically served in a simple shot glass, the Michigan Runner is a drink that exudes the ruggedness and spirit of its namesake state, offering a quick, intense sip that whiskey lovers might particularly enjoy.
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38.29% | 2.68 units *

Shot glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Michigan Runner delivers a forceful duo of whiskey and amaretto, offering a sweet and smoky encounter that's perfect for those who enjoy a robust shot. The nutty notes of amaretto soften the sharp edges of the whiskey, creating an appealing balance suitable for a quick, satisfying sip.

Method
How to make a Michigan Runner

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Stir Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam together in a shooter glass
Top off with amaretto and serve

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly stir the Michigan Runner cocktail to ensure its flavors are well-blended?

To properly stir the Michigan Runner cocktail, fill your mixing glass with ice, pour in the whiskey and then top up with Amaretto. Use a long bar spoon to stir the mixture gently in a circular motion for about 20-30 seconds. This method cools the drink and dilutes it slightly without aerating it, allowing the flavors to meld smoothly.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Michigan Runner compare to other common cocktails?

The Michigan Runner has an alcohol content of 38.29%, which is relatively high compared to many popular cocktails. For example, a classic Margarita typically has an alcohol content around 33%, and a Moscow Mule sits closer to 13%. This makes the Michigan Runner a stronger option, suitable for those who prefer a more potent drink.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Michigan Runner for optimal enjoyment?

The Michigan Runner is best served in a chilled shot glass to keep it cold and concentrate its flavors. This presentation also emphasizes its intended quick consumption, in line with the traditional shot experience. To enhance the experience, chilling the shot glasses in the freezer for a couple of hours before serving is recommended.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can you use any type of whiskey for the Michigan Runner, or is a specific type recommended?

While you can use any type of whiskey for the Michigan Runner, the choice of whiskey can influence the cocktail's flavor profile. A smoother, aged whiskey can add a rich, refined taste, whereas a rye whiskey may introduce spicy notes. Experimenting with different whiskeys can help you find your preferred balance between the whiskey and the sweetness of the Amaretto.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

What are some modifications you can make to the Michigan Runner to suit personal taste preferences?

To customize the Michigan Runner, consider adjusting the ratio of whiskey to Amaretto to suit your taste for sweetness or strength. Adding a dash of bitters can introduce complexity to the flavor profile. For a less alcoholic version, you could also dilute the cocktail with a splash of club soda or serve it over ice in a larger glass for a slower sipping experience.

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