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Common Spirits offers glimpse of what's to come for Goshen's cocktail, beer scene

Although the bar still does not have a home, Common Spirits supporters were given a small taste of what’s to come.

Common Spirits is the new craft cocktail and beer bar that Goshen couple Jami and Ryan Hawkins are working to open in downtown Goshen.

Although they have not yet secured a location for the non-smoking bar – leads have come through as recently as a week ago, but nothing is definite yet – the Hawkins could not wait any longer to try out some cocktails and snacks.

The Hawkins partnered with Blank Space, a new meeting and event space on East Lincoln Avenue, for a sneak peek event Saturday, July 25.



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Jami Hawkins, currently a bartender at Venturi, has spent the past few months concocting craft cocktails for the Common Spirits menu — and the work has paid off.

When I left my un-air-conditioned home the evening of the open house, the thermometer on my porch read 93 degrees. Jami’s “O.G. Mule,” a take on the Moscow Mule, was the perfect relief — zippy and refreshing.

The drink is made of Bombay Gin, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, honey, ginger syrup and — the ingredient that really made the drink — homemade ginger beer. Mint is added as garnish.

I did not try the other two drinks on the preview menu, but I saw firsthand the top-notch ingredients and skilled mixology that Jami put into them.

Jami’s “Old Fashioned” was made of Bulliet Rye, simple syrups, bitters and orange peel. She also served up a classic gin and tonic, with Bombay Gin, homemade tonic and lime. 

The event last weekend was also a chance for financial backers to pick up their “perks” from the bar’s IndieGoGo campaign, which raised more than $16,000 in less than a month.

Anyone who donated money to the campaign, which was started to raise money to secure a downtown location for the bar, received some sort of merchandise or other perk. Smaller donations earned backers items like pint glasses and wood-grained sunglasses, while bigger gifts came with benefits like a custom shot or cocktail on the Common Spirits menu.

The community has bought into the Hawkins’ vision for Common Spirits, which is to “make Goshen even better than it already is.”

Common Spirits will be a cozy downtown spot, where people can grab a drink or two after a show at Ignition Music Garage or stop by after dinner at Venturi or Kelly Jae’s. It will be another venue to serve local food, display local art and play local music, the Hawkins said.

The sneak peek event was proof that Common Spirits will offer something new to Goshen’s dining and drinking scene. Now it’s just a matter of finding the bar a home.

Follow reporter Michelle Sokol on Twitter at @michelle_sokol.

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