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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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Erica Sagon

Our #tbt cocktail series begins this Thursday, and it works like this: every Thursday in September, we'll be making special pre-Prohibition cocktails. Dress the part and we'll make it worth your while (20% off cocktails). Next month and each month after that, we'll reach back in time for a new Throwback Thursday theme. So, dig out your high school letter jacket. It's going to come in handy at some point.

Our #tbt cocktails this week are the Stinger, with house-made crème de menthe; a Gimlet, classic gin-and-lime drink; and a Monkey Gland, a gin cocktail with housemade absinthe that tastes sort of like a Creamsicle, and goes down just as easy. 

One sip of the Monkey Gland, and you're going to want the recipe. So, here ya go.


Makes 1 cocktail

1.5 ounce Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin
1.5 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
1/3 ounce grenadine
1/3 ounce absinthe

Shake ingredients with ice; strain into a coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.