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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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Basil + Balm Mojito Recipe

Erica Sagon

Have you ever used lemon balm in a cocktail? This herb is in the mint family, but it's definitely lemon-y and a stellar aromatic addition to drinks.

This week, we're infusing vodka with lemon balm and basil for a Basil + Balm Mojito, which has this fresh-picked, garden vibe. Can't get your hands on lemon balm? Try lemon thyme, lemon basil or lemongrass instead.  

We'll be making the refreshing, fizzy Basil + Balm Mojito at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard's fifth annual Garden Gala this Saturday. The fundraiser benefits the food pantry, an incredible place that provides free, fresh food and education to low-income folks in Bloomington. The pantry is set up like a small grocery store, and is stocked with seasonal produce, often from the pantry's own community gardens, plus dairy, meat and dry goods. Workshops and classes teach people how to cook, can, garden, bake and more, and there's even a library of kitchen tools and equipment that people can borrow.

Tickets for the Garden Gala are still available, and we hope to see you there! 



Makes 1 cocktail 

1 1/2 ounces Cardinal Vodka infused with basil and lemon balm (recipe follows)
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Tonic water
Sprig of lemon balm or basil, for garnish
Lime, for garnish

  1. Add the infused vodka, lime juice and simple syrup to a glass with ice. 
  2. Top with tonic water and garnish with lemon balm or basil, and lime.


1 big sprig of lemon balm
1 big sprig of basil
1 bottle Cardinal Spirits Vodka

Add lemon balm and basil to the vodka. Infuse at room temperature for three to five days.