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Cardinal Spirits fact sheet
We're your friends to the north — Cardinal Spirits, the craft distillery in Bloomington, Ind. You'll start seeing our spirits in your favorite Louisville bars, restaurants and retailers soon...
We distill 12 premium spirits including vodka, gin, rum and botanical liqueurs using the very best ingredients around. All parts of the distilling process — from fermentation to mashing to aging to bottling — happen on-site in small batches. Our spirits are flavored using fresh, whole botanicals, never flavor extracts or coloring.
If there's one thing we love about Kentucky, it's your bourbon. You guys nail it. That's how we know that you appreciate thoughtful, well-made spirits, and we know you're going to love ours.
Here's what we're bringing to Kentucky
- Songbird Craft Coffee Liqueur, made with locally roasted coffee from Good Folks Coffee in the Shelby Park neighborhood of Louisville.
- Tiki Rum, a light, tropical rum that earned an impressive 92 points and a "Best Buy" rating from Wine Enthusiast.
- Black Raspberry Bramble, infused with whole black raspberries and hibiscus. It'll change the way you think about flavored vodkas.
Our spirits are sold and served in 200+ establishments throughout Indiana, and we're excited to start making friends in Louisville and the rest of Kentucky this year.
SONGBIRD CRAFT COFFEE LIQUEUR
To make this magical elixir, we use a ton of locally roasted coffee from Good Folks Coffee in the Shelby Park neighborhood of Louisville. It’s rich and smooth and roasty, with all the complementary flavors you get in a fancy coffee drink, like caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. It’s can be sipped on its own as a digestif, or mixed into cocktails. Try it in a White Russian. Spike a cup of coffee, hot or iced. Pair it with something citrusy, as we do in this recipe for Café à l’Orange.
CAFE A L'ORANGE
1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Songbird Coffee Liqueur
1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Vodka
Combine coffee liqueur and vodka in a shaker, then add ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Squeeze an orange peel above the drink to express orange oil. Wipe the peel around the rim of the glass, then use to garnish.
BLACK RASPBERRY BRAMBLE
Infused with whole black raspberries and hibiscus, this 70-proof spirit will change the way you think about flavored vodkas. Black raspberry is a native fruit in these parts, and we're excited to share this mighty berry with the larger public. Try Bramble on the rocks, or use it instead of vodka in a Bramble Mule for a refreshing cocktail.
1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Bramble Vodka
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
Ginger beer, to taste
Lime wedge, for garnish
Add Bramble and lime juice to a copper mug, then fill with ice. Fill with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge.
Our light, tropical rum has a smooth and fruity profile that is wonderful in a range of drinks, from classic tropical ones to modern cocktails. Wine Enthusiast awarded our Tiki Rum 92 points and a “Best Buy” rating, making it one of the top-rated craft rums on the market. Try it in classic libations like a daiquiri or mojito, or in this refreshing and zippy 92 Points cocktail.
1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Tiki Rum
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce ginger syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 dashes bitters
1 ounce ginger beer, more or less to taste
Mint sprig, for garnish
Add everything but ginger beer and mint to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, then top with ginger beer and garnish with mint.
To make ginger syrup: Peel several chunks of ginger, slice into thin rounds. Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat, and stir to dissolve sugar. Add sliced ginger to the saucepan, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain ginger slices from syrup before using.
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL
Our spirits are thoughtfully produced from the best ingredients around — often, they're local. Our Songbird Craft Coffee Liqueur is made with a ton of locally roasted coffee from Good Folks Coffee in the Shelby Park neighborhood of Louisville. That's just for you, Kentucky.
You can see right away that we're a different kind of craft distillery. Our labels are modern. So are our spirits. We're not beholden to great-great-grandpa's whiskey recipe. Instead, we're free to do things our own way. To be relentlessly creative. To be tireless about quality and flavor. To discover the very best way to distill spirits using fresh, whole botanicals.
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