Spirited news, holiday cocktails and more from your friends at North Shore Distillery
December 2020 NEWS
The end of 2020 is nearly upon us, and we hope you are finding some moments of joy in these last few days of the year. It has been a challenging one for us all, and we look forward to much brighter days ahead - we hope they get here soon. In the meantime, we've been trying to stay nimble, creative and think outside of the box as we try to keep ourselves afloat despite our tasting room being closed to indoor guests and many of our best partners (bars and restaurants) being closed as well. We have some exciting news to share about new products, as well as some great ideas for your home holiday cocktailing. Read on!
Spirit Updates & News
New Curaçao Coming Next Week!
We're ready to announce our new seasonal curaçao, and to release it before the year is out. This one is delicious for sipping and dreaming of other places, which is something we're definitely wanting to do lately. We've made it with an aged rum foundation and an array of bright orange notes, and a light accent of tropical spices and fruits. Keep an eye out for it at the distillery store by early next week, and in other places in early 2021! We'll have some adorable 375 ml bottles, which make great stocking stuffers, for those last minute shoppers among us.
New Vodka Looks Have Arrived!
Our updated label design for North Shore Vodka is out and making its way around the Midwest, and our new citrus vodka will start appearing around the area soon too. As you know, earlier this year we took on the project of revisiting and diving deep into our spirits, to see if they can tell our story in a better way. We're reviewing recipes, labels, names - everything. And with our citrus vodka, we decided to make some real changes.
Our Sol Citrus Vodka has always been a top seller in our tasting room, but away from here - not so much. So we decided to change the name, update the recipe slightly and redesign the label. The result is North Shore Twisted Citrus Vodka - it is bright, fresh and delicious, with layered citrus flavors (we infuse and distill it with fresh oranges, lemons and limes). It's so versatile, and so sippable! We know you'll love it, too.
New Whiskeys at the Tasting Room!
We've got just a few bottles left of our first-ever release of our bourbon style whiskey, and we've just added another limited edition to the tasting room shelf this week - For Peat's Sake is a peated malt whiskey, a style we make every now and then. This one is in a 375 ml bottle, the perfect little gift for the Scotch lover in your life! We'll share more about that one in our next newsletter, or feel free to get in touch or stop by if you have questions.
Holiday Cocktail Ideas
Over the next week, we'll be highlighting some of our favorite cocktails for Christmas and New Years on our social media channels. We also put together a collection of a few of our favorites for this year - some are classic & simple, some more advanced - a variety of styles, using a variety of our spirits. If you're in our area, we have some festive cocktail kits, too - read on!
Tasting Room Activities & Offerings
Cocktail Kits, Cocktails-to-Go and More
We are continuing to adjust each week to comply with the relevant public health guidance - our first priority is keeping everyone safe. Right now, we are open only as a distillery store, and we are open from 1 to 7 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
We have expanded our cocktail kits for the holidays with some great new options, including some hot cocktails. We also offer a small list of fully prepared cocktail-to-go, and we have some fun new mixers in our store, too. We have new whiskey glasses, tasting glasses and mugs if you're looking for a great gift that isn't liquid in form. You can find all those details & more on our website.
We've got one event left for the year, in our parking lot - we're having a very socially distanced holiday sing-a-long on Saturday, December 19th at 5:30 pm. Join us for a few carols if you're in our area - you can stay in your car if you want, or bring some lawn chairs and blankets! We'll have hot toddies, hot chocolate and other hot drink options, but no purchase is required.
We're sending you our very best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, and for a great 2021. We thank you so very much for your support of our little distillery.