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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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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.


Erica Sagon

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We can’t get enough of this cocktail during fall and winter. It’s just right for colder months: Naturally warming, and holiday-ish without being holiday-ish, you know what we mean? The star spirit is Nocino, a green walnut liqueur that we release every November.

If you want to know more about how we made this special liqueur, it's all right here, from walnut to bottle.


Makes 1 cocktail

1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Nocino
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce demerara syrup
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters

 Shake all ingredients well with ice, then strain into a coupe glass.



Erica Sagon

Milk Punch is one of those cocktails with a name that is not helping its image. A punch, made of milk? Hmmm.

"Oh, I'll try just a sip of yours," you'll say cautiously to a friend. "I don't think I could finish a whole one." 

But then you sip this creamy, dreamy, frothy little concoction and it becomes immediately clear that you could finish a whole one ... maybe a few whole ones, actually.

A classic milk punch is brandy or bourbon, milk, sugar and vanilla, shaken until ice cold.

Our rum-based version, created by Cardinal bartender Chris Resnick, is one of the best twists on a milk punch that we've ever had. It calls for a splash of Nocino, the smooth, earthy green-walnut liqueur that we are releasing this Saturday.  (Join us, won't you? Free samples, special cocktails, bottle sales.) Even though this cocktails is steps away from a milkshake, the nocino adds a kind of warmth that you'll love.



By Chris Resnick

Makes 1 cocktail

1.5 ounce Cardinal Spirits Tiki Rum
3/4 ounce Cardinal Spirits Nocino
1 ounce heavy cream
large spoonful of apple preserves

Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice, then strain into a glass with ice.


Erica Sagon

Nocino, our newest spirit arriving this Saturday, is definitely delicious all on its own. It is, after all, a digestif, meant to be sipped neat after a meal. But Nocino is fun to play around with in cocktails, too— it can be that subtle twist that makes a drink memorable.

Take the Manhattan. You've had dozens of them. But have you had one with Nocino? The warm, earthy notes of Nocino are right at home in this classic cocktail, adding a lusciousness that makes this drink appeal to even those who wouldn't normally order a Manhattan. 

It's a perfect signature cocktail for your annual holiday dinner with friends — say, Friendsgiving? Nocino will be available by the bottle at the distillery only starting Saturday. 


By Chris Resnick

Makes 1 cocktail

1.5 oz Cardinal Spirits White Oak Whiskey
3/4 oz Cardinal Spirits Nocino
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
dash of bitters

Stir gently with ice, then strain into a cold glass.