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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bebbo’s Baby

Our cocktail this week is a “riff on a riff” of a classic cocktail. We call it Bebbo’s Baby. It descends from the Bee’s Knees, a classic cocktail from Prohibition days composed of gin, fresh lemon juice, and honey. “Bee’s knees” was flapper slang for awesome. The Bebbo cocktail came onto the scene shortly after, […]

Strawberry Basil Smash

After such a long winter, we are absolutely ransacking the farmers market for fresh produce to use in our cocktails. The sweet, local strawberries have arrived and while mint is the most traditional element in a Smash, we also love to use basil from the distillery garden (which is coming along nicely, more on that in […]

Springtime Shrub

A few years back, I started making shrub syrups for drinking, and for cocktails. Shrubs were a popular way in colonial times (and beyond) to preserve fruit that might otherwise spoil. Folks didn’t have refrigerators yet, so this was a common problem – jams and jellies were one solution, and shrubs were another. Essentially, in […]

The Moscow Mule

This is the cocktail that taught Americans to drink vodka in the 1940’s, and they haven’t stopped since! We love the strong, clean ginger flavor of Fever Tree Ginger Beer, but we encourage you to find your favorite! Moscow Mule 2 oz North Shore Vodka (or try our Aquavit – Private Reserve, if you’re feeling […]

The Last Word

The Last Word has been a favorite cocktail of ours for awhile; it’s herbaceous, complex and extremely sippable, and it uses one of our favorite base spirits (gin) and one of our favorite modifiers (Chartreuse).  We had a fun conversation about this drink on Twitter recently, and decided to write about it as well. The […]

The Aviation

We love a classic cocktail, and the Aviation fits the bill perfectly! It’s a taste of spring, with its pale blue color and soft, floral notes on the nose.  We just had this version at G&O (Grand & Ogden) in Chicago: Aviation 2 oz Distiller’s Gin No. 6 ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice ÂĽ oz […]

The Gimlet

This is one of the most versatile, delicious cocktails, and it is perfect for spring and summer (and fall and winter). Recipe for The Gimlet 2 oz spirit of choice – North Shore Vodka, Sol Chamomile Citrus Vodka, Distiller’s Gin No. 6, Distiller’s Gin No. 11, or Mighty Gin all work well here 1 oz Fresh Lime […]