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922 South Morton Street
Bloomington, IN, 47403
United States


Cardinal Spirits is a craft distillery in Bloomington, Indiana that specializes in producing extraordinary spirits from local ingredients.  

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Queen Bee recipe

Erica Sagon

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A fizzy honey-lemonade for grown-ups, starring our Honey Schnapps, a spirit with a soft, clean taste and a lovely, lingering honey essence


By Alex Utter of Cardinal Spirits

1½ ounces Cardinal Spirits Honey Schnapps
¾ oz lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup
Club soda, to taste

1. Combine Honey Schnapps, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker, then add ice.
2. Shake well, then strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda.

Spiced Rum Negroni recipe

Erica Sagon

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A negroni is a rock-solid recipe: equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. So, why mess with it like we do here, by swapping gin for Cardinal Spirits Lake House Spiced Rum? The warming, spicy finish of spiced rum against the bitterness of Campari is a game changer. Once you have this spiced rum negroni, you might never go back to the classic version. Sorry, not sorry.


By Alyvia Cain of Cardinal Spirits

1 ounce Cardinal Spirits Lake House Spiced Rum
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Wide strip of orange peel, for garnish

Add all ingredients except orange peel to a mixing glass, then add ice and stir for 20 seconds. Strain over a big ice cube in rocks glass. Express the oils from an orange peel by pinching it peel-side down over the glass, then drop the peel in the glass to garnish.

Jam Band Cocktail Recipe

Erica Sagon



By Alyvia Cain of Cardinal Spirits

2 oz Cardinal Spirits Terra Botanical Gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1.5 teaspoons cherry preserves
2 dashes orange bitters
5 mint leaves, plus a mint sprig for garnish
Club soda, to taste
Add all ingredients except club soda to a shaker with ice; shake well. Strain into a large rocks glass filled with ice, then top with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

Terra Old Fashioned Recipe

Erica Sagon

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When it comes to twists on classics, this is one of our all-time favorites. Elegant and easy-drinking, there’s a reason it is a steady fixture on our cocktail menu at the distillery.


By Alex Utter of Cardinal Spirits

1½ ounces Cardinal Spirits Terra Botanical Gin
¾ ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce Cardinal Spirits Flora Liqueur
1 dash grapefruit bitters
Grapefruit peel, for garnish

1.Add all ingredients except garnish to a mixing glass, then add ice. Stir for 20 seconds.
2.Strain into a rocks glass filled with a large ice cube.
3.Garnish with a wide strip of grapefruit peel.

Cable Car recipe

Erica Sagon


The Cable Car — with spiced rum, triple sec, lemon and simple syrup — is an excellent way to use our newest spirit, Valencia. Valencia is a beautiful, natural triple sec for cocktailing that we make with both dried and fresh orange peels to capture the sweet, bitter and fragrant character of citrus.

If you've added Valencia to your bar cart and are wondering what to make with it, try our go-to: a Cable Car, which hails from the Starlight Room in San Francisco, is bright and always in season; as good on the coldest days in January as it is on the first day of summer. Our Valencia and Lake House Spiced Rum bring something special to this cocktail.


1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Lake House Spiced Rum
1 ounce Cardinal Spirits Valencia Triple Sec
1 ounce lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup
Lemon twist, for garnish

Add all ingredients except for garnish to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Grand Finale Recipe

Erica Sagon


Say hello to your new favorite nightcap. This warm drink is so soothing, and the delightful floral notes of our Flora liqueur really sing in chamomile tea. An ideal companion for addressing holiday cards…


By Chris Resnick, bartender at Cardinal Spirits in Bloomington

8 ounces warm chamomile tea

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Flora

Lemon wheel, for garnish

Brew the tea according to package directions. Combine Flora and the warm tea in a mug, then garnish with a lemon wheel.

Songbird + Coffee recipe

Erica Sagon

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The easiest brunch drink you ever did see. 


Makes 1 cocktail

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Songbird Coffee Liqueur
6 ounces hot coffee
Whipped cream (optional garnish)

Add liqueur and coffee to a mug and give it a lil' stir. Top with whipped cream if you'd like.

Nocino Eggnog Recipe

Erica Sagon


This is easily one of our favorite 2-ingredient cocktails ever. Our earthy, nutty Nocino (a liqueur that we make using Indiana walnuts) plus top-notch eggnog (we go crazy for the luxuriously smooth one from Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, Ind.) equals dreamy holiday heaven.

Nocino + Eggnog Cocktail

Makes 1 cocktail

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Nocino
3 ounces eggnog

Combine Nocino and eggnog in a mug or rocks glass filled with ice. Give it a stir. Top with a dusting of cinnamon or espresso powder — or nothing at all ... it's just that good on its own.

Chai Wallah recipe

Erica Sagon

The warming spices of chai plus the fresh, woodsy profile of Terra Botanical Gin is the loveliest combo. Unexpected and unforgettable!


By Kevin Hinkle, bartender at Cardinal Spirits

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Terra Botanical Gin
1.5 ounces ginger-chai tea (recipe follows)
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
Candied ginger, for garnish

Add all ingredients except for garnish to a shaker, then add ice. Shake well, then strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with candied ginger.

For the ginger-chai tea: Peel and chop a ½-inch knob of ginger. Prepare a cup of chai tea according to package directions, adding the chopped ginger to the cup. Allow to cool completely, then strain out the ginger before using.

Fresh 2 Death Cocktail Recipe

Cassie Morris

This fresh and fruity cocktail by our bartender Chris Resnick is refreshing and perfect to sip on in this spring weather. This has been a fan favorite from our spring menu, so now we've decided to share the recipe! Go ahead, give it a try.


By Chris Resnick of Cardinal Spirits

2 ounces Cardinal Spirits Vodka
3/4 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce raspberry-mint syrup
Tonic water

To make the raspberry mint syrup, bring 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil. Then add 1 small package of raspberries and a handful of mint. Muddle until the sugar is dissolved, then let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins glass and top with tonic water.