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

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Bye Bye Birdie cocktail recipe

Erica Sagon

 

What are you drinking on NYE? At the distillery, we'll be toasting to 2017 with Bye Bye Birdie, a prosecco drink that's kissed with our Standard Dry Gin, cranberry syrup and lime juice. It's easy to serve to a crowd, making it perfect for your NYE bash, too. 

 

BYE BYE BIRDIE

By Alyvia Cain of Cardinal Spirits

Makes 1 cocktail

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
1/4 ounce cranberry syrup (recipe follows)
Prosecco or other sparkling white wine
Orange peel
Lime wheel, for garnish

In a coupe, combine the lime juice, gin and cranberry syrup. Top with prosecco. Express the oils of an orange peel into the drink by holding a piece of peel, peel-side down, over the cocktail and squeezing it gently. Garnish with a lime wheel. 

 

To make cranberry syrup: Heat 1 cup of 100% cranberry juice (no sugar added) and 2 cups sugar in a saucepan over low heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool completely before using; store in refrigerator.

To make this drink for a crowd: It's easy to make this cocktail for a group, and you can make it ahead of time. Scale up the ingredients based on the number of servings you need. Combine the lime juice, gin and cranberry syrup in a pitcher, then divide among the glasses. Top each glass with prosecco and garnish with lime wheels. When making the cocktail ahead, put the pitcher in the fridge to chill, and when it's go-time, divide among the glasses, top with prosecco and garnish with lime.



Bugs & Lola cocktail recipe

Erica Sagon

A wintery gin cocktail that cleverly, deliciously, unexpectedly sneaks carrots into your diet? Plus maple syrup and molasses bitters? Sign us up.

BUGS & LOLA

By Alex Utter of Cardinal Spirits

Makes 1 cocktail

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
3⁄4 ounce lemon juice
3⁄4 ounce carrot juice
1⁄2 ounce real maple syrup
2 dashes molasses bitters (recommended: Fee Bros.)
Orange peel

Add all ingredients except orange peel to a shaker tin and shake with ice for 15 seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Express the oils from an orange peel by gently squeezing the peel over the cocktail, letting the oil mist over the drink. Discard the peel.



Rabble Rouser cocktail recipe

Erica Sagon

This cocktail recipe combines our Standard Dry Gin with blackberries and sage, but the real beauty of this recipe is that you can play around with the types of berries and herbs you use. How about raspberries and mint? Strawberries and basil? 

Pluck whatever herbs from the little pots sitting on your patio. Use up whatever berries you scooped up at the farmers' market. Go to town. 

Our Standard Dry Gin is up for the mix-and-match challenge. We distill it with whole natural botanicals and spices — aromatic juniper, orange zest, fragrant coriander seeds, and earthy angelica root — and it really sings when it's combined with fresh ingredients in a cocktail like this.

 

RABBLE ROUSER

By Chris Resnick of Cardinal Spirits

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
.75 ounce fresh lemon juice
.75 ounce simple syrup
3 blackberries, plus one more for garnish
2 sage leaves, plus one more for garnish

Muddle simple syrup, blackberries and sage in a shaker. Add gin and lemon juice, then fill with ice. Shake well. Double strain into a small rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a blackberry and sage leaf.



GIN N' BITTERS COCKTAIL RECIPE

Erica Sagon

 

If one or two dashes of bitters balances out the flavors of a cocktail, what will 10 dashes of bitters do? Find out by making this curious 1950s cocktail called Bin n' Gitters with our bartender Chris Resnick:


BIN N' GITTERS

2 ounces Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
10 dashes angostura bitters
Mint for garnish

Add gin, lime juice and simple syrup to a rocks glass with crushed ice. Stir to combine, then top off the glass with more crushed ice. Top liberally with 10 dashes of bitters, or more if you'd like, then garnish with a mint sprig.

 


Income Tax cocktail recipe

Erica Sagon

Cardinal Spirits bartender Stella Snyder shows how to make this classic cocktail using our Standard Dry Gin.

INCOME TAX

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
1/4 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce fresh orange juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
Orange twist, for garnish

Add all ingredients except garnish to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe glass an garnish with an orange twist.

 

 



CLOUD 9 COCKTAIL RECIPE

Erica Sagon

Our Standard Dry Gin and our Songbird Flora Liqueur make the perfect pair, and here they're shaken together into a lush cocktail with a light and lofty cap. This heavenly drink is aptly named Cloud 9, created by Cardinal Spirits bartender Stella Snyde.

CLOUD 9

By Stella Snyder of Cardinal Spirits

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
1/2 ounce Cardinal Spirits Flora Liqueur
1/2 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 egg white
3-4 dashes lavender bitters

Add all ingredients to a shaker without ice and shake vigorously, to emulsify the egg white. Then, add ice to the shaker and shake again, this time to chill and dilute the cocktail. Strain into a coupe glass. 



PALEO FLIP COCKTAIL RECIPE

Erica Sagon

This ultra smooth cocktail gets its luxurious texture from a whole egg - yep, whites and yolk.

PALEO FLIP

By Logan Hunter of Cardinal Spirits

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 egg

Add all ingredients to a shaker without ice and shake vigorously. Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Strain into a Collins glass. Squeeze a lime peel over the cocktail to express the oil, then garnish with the peel.



24 CARROT GOLD PUNCH RECIPE

Erica Sagon

Everybody knows that carrots = spring on a plate. But would you ever think to use carrots in a cocktail? 

Carrot juice is the secret ingredient in this lovely spring punch, which also combines our Standard Dry Gin, pineapple, lemon and ginger beer. It's clever for Easter of course, but its bright and lightly fizzy flavor makes it a sure thing all spring long. It's not too sweet.

This punch checks all the boxes for a spring cocktail for a crowd — a gorgeous color, an unexpected ingredient and easy preparation. Hop to it.

24 CARROT GOLD PUNCH

By Baylee Pruitt of Cardinal Spirits

Makes 12+ servings

1 bottle (750ml) of Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
25 ounces carrot juice
19 ounces pineapple juice
12.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
24 ounces ginger beer, more or less to taste (about 2 single-serve bottles)
Pineapple slices, for garnish

Combine all liquid ingredients in a punch bowl with one giant ice cube or several large cubes. Serve in glasses with ice. Garnish with pineapple slices. 




PEGU CLUB COCKTAIL RECIPE

Erica Sagon

You don't need to reinvent the wheel every time you make a cocktail. Case in point: This gin cocktail has been around for nearly 100 years, and it's every bit as good today. This was the house drink at the Pegu Club in Burma — a watering hole for British top brass. It's crisp and refreshing and just a touch tart ... maybe your new house drink?

Cardinal's Logan Hunter show us how to shake it up right:

PEGU CLUB

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
3/4 ounce orange curaçao
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
2 dashes aromatic bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Lime wheel, for garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Video by Anna Powell Teeter

 



WET BANDITS COCKTAIL RECIPE

Erica Sagon

This cocktail made with our Standard Dry Gin blends fresh ingredients — blackberry and sage — with comforting winter flavors — honey and cinnamon. And the color couldn't be prettier.

 

WET BANDITS


By Baylee Pruitt of Cardinal Spirits

2 blackberries
Sage leaf
1/2 oz. honey syrup (recipe below)
2 oz. Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
3/4 oz. lemon juice
2 dashes cinnamon bitters

Add blackberries, sage leaf and honey syrup to a shaker. Muddle to release juices from berries. Add ice to the shaker, then add gin, lemon juice and bitters. Shake vigorously, then double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a sage leaf. 

To make honey syrup: Add 1 cup water and 1 cup honey to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve. Heat for 5 minutes. Cool completely before using.