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What goes better with family, friends and good food than great cocktails! This holiday calls for food-friendly options, both to pair with the Thanksgiving feast and as post-dinner digestifs. Read on for the recipes, or let us do the work with one of our made-to-order cocktail kits. We also have some fun Thanksgiving-related events around the holiday, including our famous Bloody Mary Bash! Check it all out:

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

Family, friends and good food also calls for super food-friendly cocktails! These drinks are full of friendly flavors that pair well with traditional Thanksgiving foods and desserts, as well as a couple of great after-dinner sippers. Check them out:

Trust Fall

Bright and festive, this drink is thanksgiving-in-a-glass.

2 oz North Shore Vodka
1 oz Cranberry Juice
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Rosemary Simple

Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist, a skewer of cranberries or a sprig of rosemary — or all of the above!


Apple Picking

Bright, crisp fall fruit, rich honey & layered botanicals, spice & citrus from Gin No. 6

2 oz Gin No. 6
1 oz Apple Cider
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz Lavender-Honey Simple

Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of apple.


Into the Woods

Intriguing layers of herbs & citrus, tied together with Malt Whiskey and frothy egg white.

1½ oz  Malt Whiskey
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Rosemary Simple
1/2 oz Egg White

Shake ingredients without ice, then add ice and shake HARD. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice & garnish with a lemon wheel & a sprig of rosemary.



Surprising vegetal notes from Bokamaro meld with the rich herbs and fruit in sweet & dry vermouth, balanced by the oakiness of our American Whiskey.

1 oz Bokamaro
1 oz American Whiskey
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Stir ingredients with ice; strain into a chilled coupe or over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon or grapefruit peel.



A delicious after-dinner sipper, with delicate vanilla, pear and cinnamon notes. A perennial favorite of ours, updated for 2023.

1½ oz Tahitian Vanilla Vodka
½ oz Fresh Lime
½ oz Demerara Simple
1 oz Pear Juice (we use Knudsen Organic)
Dash of Ground Cinnamon

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with additional light dash of cinnamon (or a slice of pear, or both).

Thanksgiving Cocktail Kits

And if you’d like us to take the work off your hands entirely, you’re covered there too! Our take-home cocktail kits are made fresh to order the day you pick them up, and require very little preparation to serve.

This year’s offerings are:

The Great Pumpkin

      • Malt Whiskey + pumpkin + orange + fall spices

Trust Fall

    • North Shore Vodka or Gin No. 6 + cranberry + rosemary + lemon


Fun Events at the Distillery

When you’re not celebrating or prepping for the holiday at home, come out to celebrate with us! We have fantastic spirits, great cocktails & good times always, and special holiday events throughout the month:

  • Holiday Cocktail Classes
    Learn new cocktail recipes, tips & tricks for your holiday celebrations, whether they be small or large, from Sonja, the distillery’s chief cocktail nerd.
    • Thurs 11/16 @ 6 pm in Lake Forest at Gorton Center – tickets here
    • Sun 11/19 @ 4 pm at the distillery – tickets here
  • 11/22 – Pre-Thanksgiving Bash – 4-9 pm
    • Get ready for the holiday by joining us for our annual pre-Thanksgiving celebration – we’ll have great spirits and festive cocktails to celebrate the season, with happy hour prices from 4 – 6 pm!
    • BONUS: Live Trivia at 7 pm – bring your friends & family for a fun game with us!
  • 11/24 – Bloody Mary Bash – 1-6 pm
      • We’ll be opening early for our annual celebration of great bloody marys! You’ll have a number of options to choose from, both of bloody marys and garnishes – the perfect way to kick back and relax from the post-holiday rush. If you know when you’re coming, we do recommend requesting a reservation for this event here.