Holiday Updates & Spirited News!

December is upon us, and while this year is like no other in many ways, we are still gearing up to help make your holidays special! Read on for new offerings, including the first-ever sale of bottles of our bourbon-style whiskey, our new cocktails to go, a great concert event and more!

Bourbon-Style Whiskey!

For the first time ever we are offering a very special release this year - 100 bottles of our bourbon-style whiskey will be available! This is the whiskey you've been asking for, the one we've been serving on our bar and in our Old Fashioneds for years, but never selling - until now. Bottles are 750 ml, and $50 each, and will be available for pickup by mid-December. If you'd like to reserve any, you can pre-order here and we will notify you when it is available for pickup. Otherwise, stay tuned for the announcement of when bottles hit our store shelf.

More Spirits News Coming

For the rest of December, we're going to send out a newsletter each week with an exciting announcement or two, and more holiday cocktail ideas. Soon we'll be announcing our new curaçao, and other exciting updates, like the return of Tahitian Vanilla (it's back next week!). We'll be offering more cocktail kits this month, too, with new ones added each week.

Cocktails to Go Now Available!

Though the state excluded us from the special exemption they gave restaurants to sell cocktails to go this year, we found another way! We are now offering a limited set of pre-mixed cocktails to go, including our famous house Old Fashioned and a few other classics. So, if you just want a couple of cocktails without buying a whole kit, we've got you covered!

Updated Hours & Operations

With the onset of colder temperatures, we have decided to close our cocktail patio for the season, and focus on our new cocktails-to-go, cocktail kits and virtual events for the rest of the year. If we get a really nice weather day, we may open as a pop-up bar (so keep an eye on our social media!). For December, our hours are now:

Tuesday through Sunday: 1 - 7 pm
Monday: Closed

Cocktail Kits, Store & Curbside Pickup

Our distillery store offers a wide range of supplies and tools for home cocktailing, and some great gift ideas, too. In addition to our spirits, we have some new whiskey glasses in-stock, some new locally-made candles and more hilarious tea towels. Our online store is stocked too with fun mixer options, our new cocktails-to-go, and our new cocktail kits. All online orders must be picked up at the distillery - we offer contact-free, curbside pickup.

Here are a few of this month's new Cocktail Kits
- we have some great new hot cocktail kits, too:
  • Mele Kalikimaka - a delicious, seasonal Tiki-style cocktail with our Doublewood Rum, cranberry, ginger, orange, lime and baking spices. 
  • Apple Bees Knees - a delicious riff on the Prohibition-era classic, with with our Gin No. 6, lavender-infused honey, lemon and apple.
  • 5 O'Clock Sunset - a hot sipper for warming the soul, with our Citrus Vodka, honey, fruit tea and lemon.

Just Buy the Mix

Already have a bottle of our spirits, and just want the mix for one of our cocktail kits? We can do that! Get in touch with us and we'll put it together for you.

Cocktail Catering, Planning & Gifting

We can help with your cocktail plans for virtual toasts and holiday celebrations, and with custom gift kits too! We've been helping people plan out virtual corporate holiday cocktail parties, interactive cocktailing activities for at-home holiday parties, and designing special menus and kits, in addition to providing the cocktail mixes and spirits. Get in touch if you'd like to talk about your plans. 

Upcoming Events & Activities

Friday, Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm - Virtual Concert with Symphony847 - Enjoy a great classical concert from this new symphony group and hear from the conductor and musicians, all while enjoying matched cocktails (and dinner if you want)! 
  • Concert Tickets: $20 per household – HERE
  • Optional NSD Cocktail Kit: $47-72  HERE 
  • Optional Dinner Package: Customize a great dinner from Inovasi in Lake Bluff!

Saturday, Dec 19, 5:30 pm
 - Holiday Sing-Along (Outdoors) - Join us for some very socially-distanced holiday caroling! Pull up in your car, or bring a lawn chair and blanket, and join us in the parking lot for some songs and good cheer! We’ll have hot cocoa and hot cocktails, and the speakers will be playing some Christmas and holiday favorites. And, we’ll be singing along too (even though most of us aren’t especially good singers). Join us! And, let us know if you have any song requests.

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