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A wickedly green delight that gives you a taste of Detroit's sinister past.
The name behind Two James gives a shout-out to two legendary fellas who lived life like it was golden, leaving a legacy of love and laughter in their wake. Situated in the historic hood of Corktown, Detroit, Two James opened its doors in 2012 as the city's first distillery since the Prohibition era (AKA the "No-Fun Time"). When founder and local boy David Landrum opened up shop, Detroit was just a shadow of its current self — but he saw the hidden spark and decided to fan the flames, birthing the community-driven gem that is Two James. Their cocktail menu is always crafted by a talented crew who have a finger in every drop, whipping up their own unique recipes. Not only do they serve up premium Spirits, but they're also eco-friendly, supporting local farmers, protecting the planet, and powering their operations with clean energy.
Their Nain Rouge Absinthe Verte is a liquid tribute to Detroit's colorful past. This devilishly delicious drink pays homage to the city's founder, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who tangled with the Nain Rouge (also known as the Demon of the Strait) and suffered the consequences. Let's just say imprisonment, impoverishment, and other unpleasantries were on the menu. But, enough about Antoine, let’s talk about their Absinthe now. It's crafted with love and devotion to tradition, using a recipe straight from the 19th-century French playbook, and packed with over 100 pounds of botanicals, including wormwood, fennel, and green anise. With a five-day maceration process, this 120-proof beauty boasts bold botanical flavors, starting with a burst of anise and ending with a smooth minty finish.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Vegetal and floral, with a tinge of peppermint.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Floral and botanical, with prominent flavors of anise, fennel, and coriander.
Easy, smooth, and minty.