2 Holiday Cocktail Recipes Made with Illinois Made Spirits


Cozy up to the fire and get into the holiday spirit with these two cocktail recipes made with Illinois' own.

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1. Hot Buttered Rum from North Shore Distillery

A cozy, decadent drink to serve up to eight people, North Shore Distillery recommends this favorite for any and all get-togethers. 


    • North Shore Bourbon Cask Rum – 2 oz for a larger mug, or 1½ oz for a smaller one
    • ⅔ c. Packed Dark Brown Sugar
    • ½ c. Unsalted Butter, at room temperature (one stick)
    • ⅛ c. Clover Honey (1 oz)
    • ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
    • ⅛ tsp. Ground Clove
    • Pinch of Salt


    • Beat these ingredients (except for the rum) together with a mixer or whisk until blended and smooth.
    • If making ahead, separate into 2 oz servings for large mugs (15-16 oz capacity), or 1½ oz servings for smaller mugs (11-12 oz capacity); wrap in plastic wrap separately, ideally separated with parchment or wax paper, then chill. 
    • Set out on counter about 20-30 minutes before serving if possible; if not, don’t worry about it – just use very hot water.
    • Stir until the butter mixture dissolves, then garnish with a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!


2. Fiddle Manhattan by Copper Fiddle Distillery 

Nothing warms you up during the cold months better than whiskey. This Manhattan recipe from Copper Fiddle Distillery also makes use of apple, imbuing this classic drink with a bit of Midwestern flavor.


    • 2 oz Copper Fiddle Bourbon Whiskey
    • 2 oz Apple Juice
    • Splash of cherry juice
    • 3 dashes dashes bitters


    • Put all ingredients in shaker tin with ice.
    • Shake well and pour into rocks glass.
    • Garnish with a maraschino cherry.