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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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Sage Gimlet cocktail recipe

Erica Sagon

What kind of cocktail do you make with a gin that you really love? Our go-to is a gimlet, which, when cheered on with a little fresh lime juice and simple syrup, lets a great gin shine.

Our Terra Botanical Gin is a knockout on its own, so you don't need much else to spin it into a fantastic cocktail. We happen to love it in a gimlet, and we know you will, too.

For this gin, we collaborated with Lior Lev Sercarz of the legendary La Boîte spice shop in NYC. Lior created the custom spice blend that gives Terra its woodsy, wild, fresh profile. It is wilderness in a bottle.

The best way to drink Terra is to dress it up minimally, with fresh lime and simple syrup — and a bit of sage, which bounces off Terra's other botanicals so beautifully. 


Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces Cardinal Spirits Terra Botanical Gin
.75 ounce fresh lime juice
.75 ounce simple syrup
3-4 sage leaves, plus another sprig for garnish

Add the gin, lime juice, simple syrup and 3-4 sage leaves to a shaker, then add ice. Shake well, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a sprig of sage. 

Blackberry Mojito recipe

Erica Sagon

This mojito by our bartender Alyvia Cai is anything but the usual suspect — bursting with blackberries, plus our terrific, handcrafted Tiki Rum, fresh-squeezed lime juice and summer mint.


By Alyvia Cain of Cardinal Spirits

2 oz Cardinal Spirits Tiki Rum
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
4 blackberries
Fresh mint
Club soda

In a shaker, muddle 3 blackberries and simple syrup. Add the rum, lime juice, and mint to the shaker, and then add ice. Shake well, then double-strain over ice in a Collins glass. Top with club soda, then garnish with a blackberry and mint sprig.


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:


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.



Erica Sagon

Did you grab a bottle of Bramble, our newest spirit, over the weekend? Flavored with local black raspberries, blackberries and hibiscus, this vodka is a summer essential. It goes great with so many flavors, from green tea to ginger, and it plays well with gin and our coffee liqueur, too. The best part is that you don't need a ton of ingredients to make cocktails with it. Try these easy Bramble cocktail ideas:


2.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Bramble Vodka
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Blackberries, for garnish

  1. Add vodka and lemon juice to shaker with ice. 
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a blackberry.

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1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Bramble Vodka
4 ounces iced tea

Combine Bramble and iced tea in a glass with ice. Garnish with a big mint sprig and lemon wedge. 


2.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Bramble Vodka
1/2 ounce Cardinal Spirits Songbird Craft Coffee Liqueur
1 dash orange bitters

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. 
  2. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe glass.