Fall At The Distillery

Happy Fall! The season is really settling in, which has become clear to us from all the sweeping of leaves off our patio area. We've transitioned to fall flavors on our cocktail menu too, with rosemary, ginger, apple and pear playing key roles. We have new cocktail kits too - read on for details!

This season is usually a busy one here - this year, it's definitely different but we're working on some innovative ideas to keep us all entertained and enjoying great cocktails as the weather changes. Read on for some great upcoming events.

Patio Updates & Updated Seating/Reservations
Our cocktail patio is ready for the change in weather, with plenty of lighting and new heaters for chillier nights! Weather permitting, we're hoping to have our patio available for at least the next month or so. Feel free to bring a blanket if desired!

Inside, we've updated the seating layout in our Tasting Room to space tables out even further, and to add a few more secluded areas. And, we've added the ability specify your chosen seating when you make a reservation. We are continuing to be extremely diligent about our safety and sanitation protocols to make coming indoors as safe as possible for those who are comfortable doing so.

As before, we recommend reservations, but walk-ins are OK too if we have space. You can book online or by phone at 847.574.2499. Our fall cocktail menu is posted here.

Cocktail Kits, Store & Curbside Pickup

Our distillery store offers a wide range of supplies and tools for home cocktailing! Our online store is stocked with fun mixer options, our housemade simple syrups (updated for fall!) and fresh juice offerings, as well as our cocktail kits, which change monthly. All online orders must be picked up at the distillery - we offer contact-free, curbside pickup.

Here are this month's new Cocktail Kits:
  • Bishop's Bounty- this cocktail is a fall delight, with North Shore Vodka, cranberry, fresh lemon, apple & ginger. Shake it up and enjoy!

  • Rosemary Pearson - full of fall flavors like pear & rosemary, with North Shore Vodka and a fresh rosemary garnish.
  • Fall G & Tea - this kit is a great way to get started on home infusions! We'll tell you exactly how to make a tea-infused Gin No. 11, and use that to make yourself a delicious fall G&T.

  • Fall Old Fashioned - a delicious, seasonal take on the Old Fashioned, adding baking spices with subtle apple, ginger and cherry with our NS American Malt Whiskey.
Just Buy the Mix
Already have a bottle of the required spirits, and just want the mix? We can do that - for 2-3, 5-6, 7-8 cocktails or more. Get in touch with us and we'll put it together for you!

Social & Holiday Cocktail Catering
Planning a home gathering to celebrate a special birthday or holiday? We can help! We've been helping people plan out interactive cocktailing activities for parties, and designing special menus, in addition to providing the cocktail mixes and spirits. Get in touch if you'd like to talk about cocktails for your event. 

Upcoming Events & Activities

We have restarted our Saturday distillery tours on a limited basis, and we've got some fun things in store for the coming weeks, such as:
  • Tonight, Thurs 10/8 (and every Thursday) - Flight Night - Flight Night continues, with a new flight every week! This week we're playing with different versions of a Classic Mule.
  • Friday 10/9 - National Day of Adventure - We are again a base camp for the National Day of Adventure! This is the day to play hooky, embrace the spirit of adventure, and do something outside your comfort zone.
  • Thurs 10/15, 6-9 pm - Live Music in the Parking Lot - our neighbors at Lake Shore Harley-Davidson are having their last bike night of the year, which means they'll have a band playing, a food truck, and other fun stuff. It's a great opportunity to hear some live music, while enjoying cocktails on our patio!
  • Sunday 10/18, 4 pm - Cocktail & Distillery Tour - Join us for a unique spirited adventure through the distillery! Offered through District 128's continuing education program - head to their website here to reserve your spot at this distillery tour combined with a cocktail class.
  • Thurs-Sat, Oct 29-31 - Halloween @ NSD - join us for special Halloween drinks, creepy decorations and lots of fun! Costumes encouraged (but not required) on Saturday - we might even have a prize for cleverly decorated masks! This year, our theme is classic monsters with a side of kitch.
  • Nov 15, 18 & 22 - Holiday Cocktail Classes - we'll have both virtual and in-person options this year, with optional cocktail kits for those participating virtually. We're offering classes in Lake Forest with our friends at Gorton Center, as well as several here at the distillery. Details on our calendar.
  • Fri Nov 27, 12-6 pm - Bloody Mary Bash - always one of our favorite and most popular events, we'll be continuing this tradition too, for both at-home enjoyment and enjoyment here (with fewer tables, reservations only, and a few other operational changes).
  • "Drinks, Dinner & a Show" series - we're working on some other new virtual and socially distanced events, including a live comedy show, a classical music concert with discussion, and other fun stuff. Keep an eye on our event calendar!

Other Distillery News

  • Branding Updates - The updates to our spirits continue! Our new Gin No. 6 has made its way around the Midwest, and the new Gin No. 11 is following close behind. Get all the info on the Gin No. 11 updates here, and stay tuned - vodka is up next! We're so excited to share these updates with you.
  • Literary News - A few years ago, Sonja was invited to be the keynote speaker at an academic conference on cocktail culture. The conference was terrific, with presenters from around the country bringing their unique perspectives to in-depth looks at many aspects of cocktail culture and history. Just this month, the book that arose from the conference was published, and Sonja was invited to write the afterword, which she titled "Confessions of a Cocktail Nerd." Get your own copy here, or stop by later this month to take a look at this great new book - we hope to have it at the distillery soon.

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