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Industry Trend: Summer Slushies and more!

Hummmmmmmmmmm… That’s the gentle sound we’ve been hearing emanating from back bars all over town. It’s slushie season, and those machines have broken out of the corner store and taken over area cocktail menus. We’re¬†seeing so many whimsical craft cocktails being served as slushies, sno-cones, even ice pops! Some version of shaved ice drinks have […]

Parisian Mule

One of my personal favorites, the Parisian Mule is a variation of the classic Moscow Mule. I recently took the time to deconstruct the drink and discover what made it work so well. ¬†The orange curacao adds a hint of sweet citrus that plays up the absinthe. Orgeat is an almond syrup and adds that […]

The Muddled Mary

Well, it’s finally tomato season, and we have a cocktail that will knock your socks off! It has bright, straight from the garden flavors that we love, and it’s an elegant way to supplement your daily fruit and veg intake. Any type of small tomatoes work well here. You ¬†may need to adjust the lemon […]

Distillery Gardening – August 2014

It’s been a very mild summer here thus far, which is great for my snow peas (I picked some this week, even!!), ¬†but not so great for my peppers. My tomatoes are doing better than many folks’, based on the reports I am hearing in the tasting room this summer. I have been picking them […]

End of Summer Cocktail Party 8/28!

Join us Thursday, August 28th @6:30 pm¬†for an End of the Summer Cocktail Party at Sunset Foods in Lake Forest! We periodically teach cocktail classes, both at the distillery and in the area. This time, we’re joining forces with Sunset Foods to share recipes for cocktails and party snacks! It’s a great time of the […]

Pegu Club

The Pegu Club is a great example of the trend for fresh, balanced cocktails. It’s flavor is reminiscent of grapefruit, which makes it a great, refreshing drink for a hot, muggy day.¬†It was created in the 1920′s at the Pegu Club in British colonial Burma, and the cocktail experienced a resurgence in popularity in the […]

How it Works: Putting Out a New Spirit

We are often asked about the process to create and release a new spirit. There are many “compliance opportunities” in running a distillery, and this is certainly one of them! Here’s a brief overview of the regulatory process we followed for our latest limited release, SommerWeizen: Step 1: Develop the Recipe & Submit it for […]

Cucumber Caipiroska

You can’t beat a refreshing cocktail on a hot day, and this one is cool as a cucumber… The Caipiroska is a muddled vodka cocktail. It’s a relative of the cacha√ßa based cocktail from Brazil, the Caipirinha, and at this time of the year, we’re raiding the garden for some cucumber and oregano to throw […]

Sour Cherry Fizz

We recently poured cocktails at one of the most popular events of the season, the Green City Market Chef’s BBQ. It’s an annual fundraising event that supports the market, and we participate every year. We love to be working alongside so many of our restaurant partners, and it is great to see so many of […]

Venus de Miles Ride & Dinner – Aug 9

We are excited to again be part of Venus de Miles, a ladies bike ride across the North Shore of Chicago again this year. The ride takes place the morning of Saturday, August 9th. Some things we love about this event: It’s a ride, not a race – the point is to get out and […]

Tonic for what ail’s you

Gin and tonic is a go-to drink for me. I started drinking them in college because I thought it sounded sophisticated, and I quickly grew to love them! I’ve always ordered one to herald in my¬†vacations, which means I am often drinking the first tonic squirt off the gun at an airport or hotel bar […]
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