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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.  


The Drop

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Erica Sagon

Looking for a holiday cocktail that's not over-the-top with its holiday flavors? We know exactly what you mean. A drink doesn't have to have crushed peppermint rimming the glass to be festive. The Red Ryder nails it. Spiced cranberry syrup and a fresh rosemary sprig, which gets shaken with the other ingredients, gives this tiki-ish cocktail its holiday spin. It's what Santa drinks when he's on the beach and misses home.

Serving suggestion: Sip it while you're watching "A Christmas Story."


By Baylee Pruitt

2 ounces Cardinal Spirits Tiki Rum
1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce spiced cranberry syrup
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Rosemary sprig
Cranberries and rosemary sprig, for garnish

Combine all ingredients, except for garnish, in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig. 

*For the spiced cranberry simple syrup: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup cranberry juice, 1 cup sugar, 5 allspice berries, 5 cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks. Simmer for five minutes. Let cool completely and strain before using.