Tasting Room News - August 2012

Tasting Room Cocktail: Aquavit Smash
During the sizzling, humid months of the year, America often turns to the mint plant to create classic cooling cocktails to combat hot days. Think of the juleps that are enjoyed as horses race around the track, or the mojitos that made their way from the Caribbean to U.S. nightclubs.

Another mint drink great for summer days is the Smash, a family of delightful cocktails made with mint and lemon. While whiskey and gin are the more popular versions of the Smash, we at the Tasting Room enjoy a good Aquavit Smash. Made with our Aquavit - Private Reserve, and leaves from a chocolate mint plant growing right outside our front door, this refreshing drink is perfect for a relaxing afternoon on a late summer day.

Aquavit Smash
2 oz Aquavit - Private Reserve
1 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar & water)
5-6 mint leaves
1/4 of a lemon (cut into 2-3 pieces)
club soda
Gently muddle lemon, mint, and simple syrup in a glass. Add aquavit & ice, and shake. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice, top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Upcoming Events

Boozy Snow Cone Night This Saturday!
Last month, we teamed up with Katherine Anne Confections, a Chicago chocolatier, for a pair of nights we called "Chocolates & Cocktails." The second night was hosted in the distillery's Tasting Room, and was a rousing success. We were full to the brim with folks enjoying perfectly-paired gourmet chocolates with craft cocktails.
This month, we are teaming up with another local maker of sweetness - Jo Snow Syrups - to bring you the perfect summer event: Boozy Snow Cone Night.

Come by the Tasting Room this Saturday, August 11th, from 5 to 8 pm for some icy deliciousness! Snowcones are just $5, and we'll have three options.

Reviving Classic Cocktails at the Tavern Lounge
The Tasting Room at North Shore Distillery is all about the history & craft of, and excitement around, artisan spirits and the amazing cocktails you can make with them. Starting this month, our co-founder Sonja Kassebaum is teaming up with the fine folks at Tavern Lounge in Libertyville (just one mile from us, at 519 N. Milwaukee) for a monthly night of cocktails and discussions.

Join Sonja on Thursday, August 16th, from 6 to 9 pm at the Tavern Lounge, to experience "Reviving Classic Cocktails." Try some amazing cocktails, talk about the modern cocktail renaissance happening across the U.S., and celebrate great drinks!