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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

Sun's out, rum's out.

Say hello to Tiki Rum! Our newest spirit will be released on Saturday at Cardinal Spirits — come on by to sip new cocktails and buy a bottle to take home. Got a grass skirt? A sweet tiki shirt? Let's see them on Saturday! Dress the part.

This light rum has beautiful tropical flavors that make it perfect for cocktails, tiki or otherwise. So why did we call it Tiki Rum, if it's good in just about anything? It's an ode to #tikituesday masterminds Chris Resnick and Baylee Pruitt. For months, these two have been making crazy-good tiki drinks on Tuesday nights with Cardinal vodka, gin and whiskey — everything BUT rum. 

We got started on rum-making as soon as we could, experimenting with a variety of foundations like cane sugar and molasses, and a handful of yeasts, which is where all the flavor comes from. It took some time, but now, it's here!  

One of the first cocktails we'll make with our Tiki Rum is a classic daiquiri. This is not the slushy kind served poolside. Here, Chris shows us how to make the simple yet perfect original version:


Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces Cardinal Spirits Tiki Rum
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup

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