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922 South Morton Street
Bloomington, IN, 47403
United States

812-202-6789

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

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MEET OUR CREW: BAYLEE PRUITT

Erica Sagon

We have the best flock here at Cardinal Spirits, and we want to introduce you to everybody one by one. 
Today, meet Baylee Pruitt, one of our talented bartenders and half of Cardinal's #tikituesday team. Here, Baylee answers some Cardinal Qs.

BAYLEE PRUITT
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Where are you from?
Columbus, Indiana

How long have you lived in Bloomington?
5 or 6 years

What do you like about Bloomington?
I like riding my bike everywhere. It's a really good town for that.
And my friends. They're great too.

What's your favorite thing to drink?
Cocktails- Jungle Bird, swizzles, tiki drinks
Beer/Shot- Budweiser/Appleton VX

Go-to drink on the menu at Cardinal?
Any cocktail in the "Bartender's Creations" section is a safe bet.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I won a bubblegum blowing contest at the county fair as a kid.

If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be?
If he could talk and safely metabolize alcohol, my cat. If not, it's always Chris Resnick.

What was your first job? 
In high school, I worked at an independent movie theater in Columbus. It was great.

Favorite cocktail ingredient right now?
Banane Du Brésil or Letherbee Fernet

Favorite cereal?
Any cereal a grandpa might pick. Crispix, plain Cheerios, etc. Boring stuff.

People should drink more...
Rum!

Find Baylee on Instagram:
@bayleepruitt


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MEET OUR CREW: KEVIN HINKLE

Erica Sagon

We've got a spectacular crew here at Cardinal Spirits, and we'd like you to meet everybody one by one. Today, get to know Kevin, one of our wonderful bartenders.

KEVIN HINKLE

 

HOMETOWN
Portage, Ind.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN BLOOMINGTON?
4 years

BEST PART ABOUT LIVING HERE?
I like the people. This town is chock-full of talented, hard-working individuals...
and a great selection of food.

FAVORITE DRINK?
Any IPA I can get my hands on.

GO-TO DRINK AT CARDINAL?
Zelda's Return... so good.

FIRST JOB?
Throughout middle school and high school a couple friends and I ran a highly successful lawn care company. Our only clients were my friend's stepmom and her boss.

MAKE A PREDICTION ABOUT THE FUTURE:
I have a good feeling about John Stewart moving to HBO.

FAVORITE CEREAL?
Great Grains Cranberry Almond Crunch

IF YOU COULD HAVE A DRINK WITH ANYONE…
I'd love to have a drink and play a round of golf with Chevy Chase in Caddyshack

FIND KEVIN
On Instagram @kevinhinkle  |  On Facebook





MEET OUR CREW: MICHELLE GOTTSCHLICH

Erica Sagon

We've got a spectacular crew here at Cardinal Spirits, and we'd like to introduce you to everybody one by one. Today, meet Michelle, one of our wonderful servers.

MICHELLE GOTTSCHLICH

HOMETOWN
Portage, Ind.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN BLOOMINGTON
7 years

BEST PART ABOUT LIVING HERE?
 A lot of lively and creative people live here--there's always something to get into; a show, an art opening, a film at the cinema, food, food, booze, food. It's also very walkable!

FAVORITE THING TO DRINK
Negronis and coconut flavored La Croix (not together)

GO-TO DRINK AT CARDINAL
Every cocktail by Baylee

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOU.
I had a book of poetry published last spring!

ANY HIDDEN TALENTS?
Up to this point, I've never broken a bone, had a nosebleed, or been in a traffic accident besides falling off my bike

FIRST JOB/WORST JOB
First job was working at a IMAX movie theater when I was 15. Worst job was life guarding.

READ ANYTHING GOOD LATELY?
I'm currently reading Madness, Rack, and Honey. It's a book of lectures by the poet Mary Ruefle.

FAVORITE CEREAL
Honey Bunches of Oats

IF YOU COULD HAVE A DRINK WITH ANYONE…
Probably my maternal great grandmother Vanetta (who could drink like a sailor, I've heard)

IN THE THE FUTURE…
Married folks will have increasing trouble with hyphenating already hyphenated last names. It will eventually be more popular to use the maternal last name. Also, down with the patriarchy <3

FIND MICHELLE
On Instagram @chellesbells11  |  On Facebook


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MEET OUR CREW: CHRIS RESNICK

Erica Sagon

We've got a spectacular crew here at Cardinal Spirits, and we'd like to introduce you to everybody one by one. Today, meet Chris Resnick, head bartender at Cardinal and one half of our talented Tiki Tuesday team. Here, Chris answers some Cardinal Qs.

CHRIS RESNICK

HOMETOWN
Bedford, Ind.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN BLOOMINGTON?
17 years

BEST PART ABOUT LIVING HERE?
I like the small town/but not TOO small town feel. Right now I'm loving the fall leaves.

HOW DO YOU TRAVEL ABOUT TOWN?
I used to walk but now I drive a pretty bitchin' mini van.

FAVORITE THING TO DRINK
Jamaican rum

GO-TO DRINK AT CARDINAL
The Stirred Bird is amazing.

FIRST JOB
My first job was at Little Caesars. I was in the pizza game for like 14 years.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO READ?
I read every cocktail book I can get my hands on. Aside from that, I do biographies and some fiction.

BEST ADVICE FOR MAKING BETTER DRINKS AT HOME
Always use fresh ingredients and always watch your proportions. Even a little bit more or less of anything can drastically change the balance and flavors of a drink.

FIND CHRIS
On Instagram  |  On Facebook


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MEET OUR CREW: Alex Utter

Erica Sagon

We've got a spectacular crew here at Cardinal Spirits, and we'd like to introduce you to everybody one by one. Today, meet Alex, one of our wonderful servers.

ALEX UTTER

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Kansas City, Missouri

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN BLOOMINGTON?
6 years

BEST PART ABOUT LIVING HERE?
I like that Bloomington is such a diverse and welcoming place.
This town also celebrates uniqueness and creativity, which I love.

FAVORITE DRINK
A cappuccino

GO-TO DRINK AT CARDINAL
It's a tie between the Pineapple Bottom Jeans and the classic Salty Dog

ANY HIDDEN TALENTS?
I'm really good at baking treats for people,
and mixing up song lyrics whenever I try to sing them.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
My first job was at Ransburg Scout Reservation on Lake Monroe, as a Ranch Counselor.
I got to teach merit badges, ride horses through the woods everyday,
and work with some pretty fantastic people.

WHAT ARE YOU READING?
These days, I like to read books that can teach me something applicable to my everyday life and interests. The most recent book I enjoyed reading was Being Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh.

FAVORITE CEREAL
Honey Nut Cheerios

ON INSTAGRAM
@raravis90

Photos by Anna Powell Teeter

 



MEET OUR CREW: Alyvia Cain

Erica Sagon

We've got a spectacular crew here at Cardinal Spirits, and we'd like to introduce you to everybody one by one. First up is Alyvia: a server and the artist behind all of the chalking you see on our walls.
Here, she answers some Cardinal Qs.

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ALYVIA CAIN

 

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Cincinnati

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN BLOOMINGTON?
7 years

BEST PART ABOUT LIVING HERE?
All the antique stores! I can find some great clothes and furniture here in town. Also, Limestone Festival! I love how small the town is, and it still brings in a lot of big names. Hosting the event this year was so much fun!

FAVORITE DRINK
Bubbles! I love a good glass of champagne!

GO-TO DRINK AT CARDINAL
The Sling. All day.

TELL US ABOUT SOMETHING INTERESTING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU.
In high school, my best friend signed me up to go on a trip to Germany with her because she was in German class...and I wasn't. And I got picked to go?!? It was very fun, but embarrassed myself when a teacher IN Germany asked, "Can you all speak Deutch?" I shouted out, "Nobody speaks Dutch!" And...yeah! I did that!

FIRST JOB?
I worked at a children's store with my mom! I got to call her by her first name, 
which was awesome!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO READ?
My favorite book so far has been The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving.

MAKE A PREDICTION ABOUT THE FUTURE.
Freaks and Geeks will probably end up being the next Netflix original series remakes.

FAVORITE CEREAL
Golden Grahams

 

Photos by Anna Powell Teeter