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Mad for Martha

One of our most popular drinks on the cocktail menu here at the tasting room this summer was the Mad for Martha. My mom, Marty (short for Martha) is famous for her cherry pie, and I took inspiration from that in concocting this recipe. It’s delicious & bright, and accessible too. Mad for Martha 1½ […]

Feisty Tom and Tonic

This is fun and refreshing cocktail with a kick. Old Tom Gin is a precursor to the more commonly known London Dry – it has fruity and floral notes with a touch of sweetness. With an overabundance of banana peppers in the garden, we added a slice on a whim and struck gold! The banana […]

Hands on Cocktail Class @NSD 9/18 & 10/16

In the spring, we offered several editions of our hands-on cocktail making class, which kept selling out (so we kept scheduling more). We took a break for summer, but have started getting requests again. So, we’ve got two new dates on the calendar for this class: Thursday, September 18th at 6:30 pm Thursday, October 16th […]

The Mighty Smash

We’re going back to a classic this week. We wrote about the Strawberry Basil Smash earlier this summer, and we often feature a Smash on the cocktail menu in the Tasting Room. A member of the Julep family of cocktails, the Smash gets its name from the act of bruising the mint. The classic version […]

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 […]
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