Covid Updates & Tasting Room News

With Governor Pritzker's recent orders, we have closed our indoor tasting room for drinking and eating for now - cocktails and snacks will only be available outdoors on our cocktail patio, by reservation. Our distillery store will remain open, and our tasting room will be available as a meeting room/warming station for our patio customers, with masks required at all times while indoors (no eating or drinking indoors). Fortunately the weather looks great this weekend! Read on for the scoop on our new hot cocktail menu, and some other enhancements we're adding to extend our outdoor season. We're also working on our virtual event schedule, and some new cocktail kits for curbside pickup. 

Updated Hours

Since the days are getting shorter and nights are getting colder, we're updating our hours a bit. Our cocktail patio will be weather dependent - check our website & Facebook if you're not sure:

Tuesday & Wednesday: 2 - 6 pm (Store Only)
Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 2 - 9 pm (Store & Cocktail Patio)
Sunday & Monday: Closed

Updated Offerings, Reservations

Fortunately, we were already updating our patio area for the colder weather. We have some heaters to fight the chill, some new smokeless fireplaces, and a new fire table. We also strongly encourage bringing your own blankets!

Hot Cocktails

We have a new hot cocktail section on our fall cocktail menu, which includes several options to keep you warm in the chill. The options include two Hot Toddy variations, boozy Hot Chocolate, and our always-popular Hot Buttered Rum, which we've rolled out early this year. 


To comply with the current rules, we are asking for reservations to sit on our patio. You can book online or by phone at 847.574.2499. We will, or course, continue to be extremely diligent about our safety and sanitation protocols to make visiting us as safe as possible for those who are comfortable doing so.

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 Cocktail Kits, and we'll have new ones soon, too:
  • Festive Fizz - this new cocktail is a fall delight, with North Shore Vodka, spiced orange, fresh lemon, cranberry & club soda. Just pour and enjoy!
  • Falling Leaves G&T - choose your gin for this delicious fall cocktail, with notes of orange, baking spices like cinnamon, and citrus.
  • 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 for one of our cocktail kits? 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 virtual or home gathering to celebrate a special birthday or holiday? We can help! We've been helping people plan out virtual corporate holiday cocktail parties, interactive cocktailing activities for at-home holiday parties, and designing special menus, in addition to providing the cocktail mixes and spirits. Get in touch if you'd like to talk about your event. 

Upcoming Events & Activities

Here's what we have in store for the coming weeks - both virtual and in-person (if the future situation allows):
  • Nov 15, 18 & 22 - Holiday Cocktail Classes - we're still planning on offering our popular holiday cocktail class again this year with reduced capacity, both at Gorton Center on Sunday 11/15 (virtually and in-person) and here at the distillery on Sunday 11/22 (virtually and in-person). We also have one Thursday 11/18 with District 128. Join us and get some ideas for your holiday celebrations! The virtual classes come with optional cocktail kits available for curbside pickup, to accompany the class.
  • Liquor & Laughs (Virtual) - Saturday, 11/21 @ 7 pm - Join us and Team Us Comedy for an evening of belly laughs and craft cocktails from the comfort of your home! Prepare signature drinks with our expert help and our optional cocktail kit, and watch Chicago-style comedy performed live via Zoom. Info & tickets here. We are working on an optional dinner pairing for this event too, so stay tuned for that. 
  • 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, with an at-home option as well as an in-person one if we are able to do so safely. 

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

As always, we are so incredibly grateful for all your support during these challenging times. We look forward to the day when we can welcome you back indoors and raise a toast to better times - until then we'll meet you outside!

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