"History of Gin" Holiday Gift Set
We are thrilled to announce the release of our first-ever gift set. Marking the first time a single distillery has ever made these four styles of gin, we present the "History of Gin" gift set. Each gift set contains four 375 ml bottles of different styles of gin throughout history, providing an in-depth, sensory exploration of the evolution of this legendary, iconic spirit.

Only 200 sets have been made, and they will only be available for purchase at the distillery starting the first week of December for $100.00. As one of our esteemed newsletter subscribers, you get the exclusive right to reserve a gift set before then if desired.

The four unique expressions contained in the gift set include:

Volume I - Genever – truly the grandfather of modern-day gin, this spirit is characterized by rich malt notes and delicate hints of herbs. Made from malted grains, this spirit has been infused and distilled with classical herbs used by the best Dutch producers in the 1700's. This is the first genever we've ever released.

Volume II – Old Tom Gin – often regarded as the bridge between Genever and classical London Dry Gin, this spirit is characterized by hints of sweetness and more delicate herbal notes. This spirit was distilled with juniper berries, along with selected fruits and flowers, and is unlike any other spirit we have made.

Volume III – London Dry Gin – with the development of more advanced distilling technology in the mid 1800's, as well as changing consumer tastes, distillers in England created a more iconic style of gin characterized by a clean, pure base spirit, bright juniper notes, and accenting dry botanicals. Our Distiller's Gin No. 11 fits this mold perfectly.

Volume IV – Modern Dry Gin – in the 21st century, distillers around the country have continued to innovate and evolve the definition of "gin" as a spirit category, incorporating new, fresh botanicals and unique flavor profiles. Our Distiller's Gin No. 6 was designed in this style, with the incorporation of lavender, fresh citrus and other spices.

Each gift set is housed in a handmade wood box, which has been custom-designed and built by G.H. Woodworking in Wauconda, IL. The distillery's founders worked closely with the team at G.H. Woodworking to design a beautiful, reusable box made entirely from locally reclaimed wood. Even the carrying straps are made from repurposed leather belts. Each set will also include a booklet outlining the history of gin, as expressed in these four styles, along with tasting notes. Because of the handmade nature of the boxes, each will have its own personality.

Reserve Your Holiday Gift Set
We are offering you, our newsletter subscribers, the exclusive opportunity to reserve one of these gift sets. You will need to pay for it and pick it up here at the distillery sometime after December 7th.
If you would like to reserve one, please email us by return email or give us a call at 847.574.2499.

Holiday Cocktails
We are working on an update to our online cocktail database for the season, so keep an eye out for great holiday cocktail ideas! Here are a few for you to try:

Ginger Sparkler
1½ oz Distiller's Gin #6
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Ginger syrup (1:1)
Off-dry Sparkling Wine
Combine gin, lemon juice and syrup. Shake over ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with Sparkling wine, garnish with a lemon curl.

Pumpkin King’s Dream
2 oz North Shore Vodka
¾ oz Chai Tea Syrup 
¾ oz Cranberry Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
Bar spoon of pumpkin puree
2 dashes Fee Bros. Bitters
Shake ingredients with ice; strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.

Cranberry Bliss

2 oz Sol Chamomile Citrus Vodka
1½ oz Cranberry Juice
½ oz Brown Sugar Simple (2:1)
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Dash of ground cinnamon
Combine ingredients, shake over ice, strain into a
chilled old fashioned glass or cocktail glass.
Garnish with orange peel.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Wherever you are, and whatever you're drinking, we wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Events Around Town & More

We've got tons of great events coming up, including our 3rd annual Thanksgiving week parties at the distillery, along with events and tastings all around Chicago. Hope to see you! Find the full calendar here, and check out these highlights:

3rd Annual Pre-Turkey Day Bash & Bloody Mary Bash Join us at the distillery Wednesday 11/27 from 3 to 11 pm to kick-off your holiday weekend and enjoy some great cocktails. On Friday 11/29 we'll have a bloody mary bar and other specials from 12 to 9 pm to help you relax after all the shopping - or to help you avoid it! Bring an item for PADs Lake County and get $1 off your purchase.

Cocktail Dinners, Cocktail Classes, Repeal Day & More


Thurs 11/21 - A Thai-themed Cocktail Dinner at Asparagus Restaurant in Merrillville, IN

Weds 12/4 - Mad Science of Cocktails class at Standard Market in Westmont, IL

Thurs 12/5 - Repeal Day Party at Tavern in Libertyville, with period attire optional - help us celebrate the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in style!

Sun 12/8 - Ladies Day Out at the distillery, with holiday cocktail flights and nail art

Weds 12/11 - Holiday Cheers! at the Chicago Botanic Garden, an amazing holiday tasting extravaganza

Tues 12/17 - we'll round out the season with our first-ever Holiday Cocktail Dinner at Fountainhead in Chicago